In its raw form, cacao is filled with vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, & E, oleic acid, protein, & fiber. Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels. The components of cacao work together to improve physical and mental health. For example, theombromine stimulates the central nervous system, relaxes smooth muscles, and dilates blood vessels, giving the body a boost of energy. “Bliss” chemicals found in cacao increase circulation and availability of serotonin and other neurotransmitters in the brain, improving mood and combating depression.
Raw cacao is a true superfood, extremely high in essential minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. In fact, cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. Magnesium is one of the great alkaline minerals helping to support heart, brain, and digestive function. Raw cacao also contains chromium, an important trace mineral that helps balance blood sugar, in which nearly 80% of Americans are deficient. Chromium plays a significant role in detoxifying the liver from alcohols which build up during the fermentation process of sugars and starches when we eat.
Cacao contains the highest concentration of antioxidants of any food in the world. These antioxidants include polyphenols, catechins, and epicatechins. By weight, Cacao has more antioxidants than red wine, blueberries, acai, pomegranates, and goji berries COMBINED.