Cacao - The Raw Chocolate Healer!
Cacao truly is a wondrous super food packed full of oils, proteins, alkaloids, minerals and vitamins that together create an mood uplifting, physically revitalizing, detoxifying effect. Potentially cacao could even a cancer prevention tool!
The ancient Maya reserved this sacred drink for royalty and the shamans and even today cacao is used ceremonially and as a meditation aid. This special raw chocolate produces a contented glow of well-being, it is mind focusing, heart opening, and warming stimulant but without any ‘wired’ effect. In fact some people now take cacao before going to gigs or raves in preference over alcohol or party drugs.
Theobromine - Food of the Gods!
One of the active alkaloids in cacao is theobromine.
Theobromine is derived from Theobroma, the name of the genus of the cacao tree, (which itself is made up of the Greek roots theo (“God”) and broma (“food”), meaning “food of the gods”)with the suffix -ine given to alkaloids and other basic nitrogen-containing compounds.
Some facts about Theobromine
- Possible future uses of theobromine in such fields as cancer prevention have been patented.
- Theobromine has stimulant properties similar to caffeine but unlike caffeine theobromine does not affect the central nervous system.
- Theobromine can also relax bronchi muscles in the lungs.
- Theobromine can be used as cough medicine.
- Studies indicate that theobromine acts on the vagus nerve, which runs from the lungs to the brain.
Cacao - The most antioxidant-rich food in the world!
Shooting ahead of all others; Cacao has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of 2 to 4 times that of its next nearest competitors!
Its powder, for instance, contains an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score of 95,500 µmol per 100g, while cacao nibs contain a lower but still impressive 62,100 µmol per 100g. To put these numbers in perspective, goji berries (the highest non-cacao source of antioxidants) score 25,300, acai berries score 18,500, and blueberries – famous for their antioxidant content – score 2,400.
Many of the antioxidants present in cacao are flavonoids, including anthocyanidin. Like all antioxidants, these flavonoids are intimately involved in the prevention of free radical damage, but they also have a central role in boosting collagen protection.
This means that antioxidant-rich foods like cacao are not only good at guarding us from cancer and other degenerative diseases, but also provide us with many anti-aging benefits.
Cacao - Mood stabilizer and Anti-depressant
Chocolate, in both its processed and natural form, has always been regarded as a mood booster. Whereas processed chocolate is more of a ‘comfort food’ due to its unhealthy refined sugar content, real chocolate – sourced from organic cacao – actually promotes the release of neurotransmitters such as endorphins and serotonin, which are legitimate feel-good hormones.
Cacao also contains natural mood-boosting compounds such as theobromine and phenylethyamine, making it a good food for people suffering from low vibrational states such as anxiety, sadness and depression.
Improves cardiovascular health – According to the Linus Pauling Institute, the flavonoids in cacao can block the oxidation of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol. Since LDL cholesterol must oxidize before it can transform into plaque, this blocking process directly protects us from several serious cardiovascular conditions, including atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries). Ultimately, this improves circulation and minimizes the risk of heart disease.
Nutrient-dense - Cacao contains over 300 important compounds;
- Some B-vitamins
- Minerals such as calcium, sulfur, magnesium, phosphorus, iron, zinc and copper.
This dense nutrient profile, coupled with its incredible antioxidant concentrations, has long elevated cacao to ‘superfood’ status.
Cacao Raw Chocolate Ceremonies in the Sacred Valley, Cusco, Peru
Munay Medicine hold raw chocolate cacao ceremonies at our high class retreat centre in the Sacred Valley, near Cusco, Peru. Please visit our retreat pages below or contact us for more information.
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