Why is Cacao so fantastic?
The official name of Cacao is Theobroma which means Food(broma) of the Gods(Theo). Cacao contains very high levels of antioxidants and is high in vitamins and minerals. We are talking about unprocessed raw Cacao here for clarity though, not to be confused with dark chocolate you can buy in the supermarket. These bars are subjected to high temperatures where they lose most of their active ingredients. Several substances are found in raw and pure Cacao that are responsible for the subtle but very profound effects:
- PEA or phenylethylamine a.k.a. “the love molecule” is a neurotransmitter that is naturally produced within the brain when we fall in love. It stimulates the pleasure centers of the brain and causes feelings of attraction, lust and pleasant dizziness.
- Theobromine is very similar to caffeine and has a stimulating effect. It is responsible for increased oxygen intake and it opens the blood vessels, pumping more blood to the heart.
- Serotonin is the neurotransmitter responsible for mood and is also found in Cacao. Its increased production plays a major role in perception and feelings of tranquility, harmony, desire and sensuality.
- Anandamide is a neurotransmitter found in cacao that, when released into the brain, causes a sensation of euphoria. Anandamide is also called the bliss substance. This is probably why Cacao is frequently associated with feelings of satisfaction and happiness.
Raw Cacao also contains many healthy ingredients, including calcium, magnesium, chromium, iron, zinc, copper, various MOAIs and small amounts of caffeine. Raw Cacao also contains more antioxidants than any other superfood.