All the benefits of chocolate like antioxidants, minerals, neurotransmitters rejuvenating properties and overall health-giving properties come from one ingredient: raw cacao. The Aztecs often called cacao yollotl eztli, which means “heart blood”, probably because they were able to intuitively know that cacao supports a healthy cardio vascular system, can help us open our heart and tune in to the state of love.
Antioxidants- cacao contains higher concentration of antioxidants far surpassing blueberries, pomegranates, acai and goji berries.
Magnesium- cacao seems to be the number one source of magnesium. Magnesium optimizes your brain power, supports the heart, helps regulate bowel movements, alleviates menstrual cramping, increases flexibility, helps build strong bones, and increases alkalinity. In addition magnesium improves the flow of blood, oxygen and nutrients throughout the body. Over 80% of North Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium.
Iron- cacao contains 314% of the U.S. Recommended Daily Allowance of iron per 1 oz serving. Iron is one of the most important minerals when it comes to nutrition as it keeps our blood healthy and helps us fight back anemia.
Chronium- important trace mineral that helps balance blood sugar.
Manganese- cacao is a rich source of manganese, an essential trace mineral that helps assist iron in the oxygenation of the blood and formation of hemoglobin.
Zinc- another trace mineral that cacao contains in massive quantities. Zinc plays a critical role in the immune system, liver, pancreas, sexual fluids, and skin.
Copper- found naturally as part of the vitamin C complex in plants including cacao. Copper helps us build healthy blood and strong immunity.
Omega-6 Fatty Acids- cacao contains essential omega-6 fatty acids
Phenylethylamine (PEA)- a major class of chemical that we produce in our bodies when we fall in love. PEA’s play a role in increasing focus and alertness.
Anandamide- is a cannabinoid endorphin, also known as the bliss chemical, that the human body naturally produces after exercise. The only plant that contains anandamide is cacao.
Tryptophan- essential amino acid and powerful mood enhancing nutrient. Tryptophan is a precursor to 5HTP and serotonin.
Serotonin- cacao is rich in the tryptamine serotonin. Serotonin is the primary neurotransmitters in the human body, helps us build our Stress Defense Shield constantly feel good.
Reference: Superfoods The Food and Medicine of the Future by David Wolfe