Cocoa Health Benefits? mmmm… on my way!
Who said things that are delicious cannot possibly be good for you, or vise versa? National Chocolate Day may have been at the end of October, but we believe everyday is a day to celebrate cocoa health benefits! Though you may enjoy chocolate because of its addictive deliciousness and its seductiveness, it is important to also know that cocoa has many health benefits. According to OrganicFacts.net, cocoa contains many minerals, such as iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, copper, and manganese. It is also a good source of protein, potassium, and dietary fiber. Read on to discover what health benefits cocoa may have for you!
What are the cocoa health benefits?
For those with diabetes, “The consumption of cocoa has been shown to be effective in improving insulin resistance and glucose metabolism.” As a result, the body’s sugar levels become regulated.
Cocoa has the ability to heal wounds. It therefore “helps in preventing the development of various kinds of infections in the body.” This is a disease fighting machine!
Research has proven that cocoa also positively impacts the heart and blood vessels. Cocoa has many flavonoids “which have antioxidant properties and help in protecting the cells from damage while strengthening the heart.”
Another health benefit of cocoa? “Cocoa has demonstrated beneficial effects in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells without affecting the growth of normal healthy cells.” Studies prove, therefore, that cocoa has the ability to prevent cancer. Furthermore, the healing properties of the flavonoids has been shown to help treat colon and prostate cancer.
It is no secret that many of us reach for cocoa when we are feeling down. (I eat one too many chocolate bars when I am stressed.) But did you know that there is scientific research to back up this phenomena? OrganicFacts.net continues, “Consuming cocoa has shown antidepressant-like effects on certain physiological processes. Studies have shown that its flavonols help to enhance mood, combat depression, and promote improved cognitive activities during persistent mental exertion.”
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Chocolate recipe, please!
After reading up on all the wonders of cocoa, who could say no to some of Levana’s Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies?! These treats are gluten-free, and as an added bonus, have reduced-sugar. Pass the chocolate! Check out the recipe here. Also be sure to add in the Levana Nourishments vanilla bean flavor. After all, now you know that cocoa is definitely more than just a sweet treat!