You may have heard that chocolate was good for you, then you may have been confused about what that actually means.
Given that most readily available chocolate is a result of heavy processing and adding other ingredients like sugar and dairy products it be can’t be healthy right? When the raw beans are made into chocolate, they undergo a series of steps that destroy most of the naturally occurring compounds. The two processes which are most responsible for this destruction are roasting, which exposes the beans to high temperatures, and “dutching” which exposes the beans to a highly alkaline solution.
This makes the resulting product a meagre shadow of the goodness of the fruit of the glorious plant, originally from the Amazon jungle, “Theobroma cacao”, considered to be a sacred plant by the Mayan civilization, which produce the cacao pods which contain cacao beans… Theobrama means ‘Food of the Gods’
It’s no accident that people around the world have treasured cacao beans for centuries – in ancient cultures it was used as currency.
Raw chocolate is an almost complete foodstuff. It is loaded with more than 300 chemically identifiable compounds, and is higher in anti-oxidants than green tea and wine. It also contains protein, fats, calcium, iron, carotene, thiamine, riboflavin, and magnesium, which is essential for the correct functioning of the brain. Cacao contains caffeine, which means that a raw chocolate drink or desert will give you a similar kick to that of coffee, but in a healthier and raw way.
This raw chocolate bean is one of the highest vitamin C containing foods in the world. All processed chocolate contains absolutely no vitamin C (as it’s very heat-sensitive).
And my favorite, raw cacao is considered by some to be Nature’s Prozac (though I’m obviously making no medical claims here), as it is very effective in improving and elevating mood, in my experience.
Anandamide is an endorphin naturally produced by humans after exercise. In the plant world it has only been found in cacao. Anandamide is known as the bliss chemical because it is naturally produced when people feel blissful. Cacao also contains enzyme inhibitors that prevent the breakdown of anandamide. This helps the feeling of bliss to remain a lot longer.
Tryptophan is an essential amino acid found in cacao in significant quantities. The presence of this amino acid is essential for the production of serotonin. Serotonin is a primary neurotransmitter that plays a powerful role in regulating our mood. Heat destroys tryptophan so many people are deficient.
The increasing rates of depression can be explained by low levels of tryptophan. Magnesium also plays a major role in serotonin production so cacao contains both these important neurotransmitter creating nutrients.
Below are four great reasons to consume raw chocolate.
First, the magnesium in raw chocolate supports your heart. Magnesium helps decrease blood coagulation, thus helping to lower blood pressure and helping the heart to beat efficiently.
Second it helps you stay young. Cacao beans contain high amounts of antioxidants comparable to the levels in green tea and red wine. Antioxidants work to neutralize free radicals, major culprits in the aging process.
Third, it helps you focus. Cacao beans can contain up to 2.2% Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA increases the activity of neurotransmitters in your brain, helping you to stay focused, alert and captivated – like when you are reading a really good book.
Fourth, it creates bliss (yes, every chocolate fan knows this one). Cacao beans contain Anandamide. Anandamide is called the “bliss chemical” because it is released when we are feeling great.
And finally, plain and simple: raw chocolate makes you happy. Raw chocolate is a great source of serotonin, phenylethylamine and dopamine, three neurotransmitters that help alleviate depression and promote feelings of well-being.
Raw cacao beans are one of Nature’s true superfoods and can now be easily consumed daily Raw chocolate is truly one of the great ways to eat your way into healing!
Cacolamine® is an uplifting & energetic formula made from natural theobroma cacao beans. Click the image below to try it for yourself.
Cacolamine is a pure extract of the raw beans of Theobroma cacao. It has powerful mood enhancing and stress reducing properties that are unlike any other substance on earth. These unique benefits are the result of a highly specialized extraction process that preserves and concentrates the complex mixture of mood enhancing compounds that occur naturally in the beans of Theobroma cacao.
Cacolamine optimizes the mood enhancing properties of the raw bean by concentrating the relevant compounds, eliminating plant material and fat, and reducing theobromine, a substance related to caffeine that can cause anxiety and agitation. The result of this process is an entirely natural product with powerful, positive effects on mood.
The mood enhancing effects of Cacolamine have had a significant impact upon the lives of many of those who take it. While the experience of Cacolamine varies from individual to individual, there are aspects of Cacolamine’s effects that appear to be universal, including a feeling of energized relaxation and reduced stress. The sense of calm is powerful and lasting without any associated drowsiness or fatigue.
It Would Take 89 Chocolate Bars…
To get the same effect as 400mg of Cacolamine, one would have to eat over 89 bars of processed dark chocolate. The number is even higher for milk chocolate. Even raw chocolate which has been made from beans that are not roasted or dutched has a much lower concentration of the relevant compounds than Cacolamine because of the added fats and sugars and the fact that Cacolamine is a potent extract of the raw beans of Theobroma cacao.