Cocoa is the plant from which chocolate is made. In spite of many beliefs, cocoa is a titan of health benefits and has been used in medicine ever since. As a matter of fact, it’s a potent antioxidant and loaded with minerals such as magnesium and iron, which are very important in overall health.
Beloved around the world for its sumptuous flavour, cocoa is also high in flavonoids (a type of polyphenols), also known as the “hormones of happiness”. In fact, they might cause relaxation of veins and lower blood pressure, reducing the stress levels.
Cocoa butter is basically the fat extracted from cocoa seeds. When applied topically, it acts as a great skin moisturizer as it helps prevent stretch marks and wrinkles; it is therefore widely used during and after pregnancy.
- Flavonoids contained in it have positive effects on brain health, improving learning and working memory,
- Natural mood enhancer,
- Boosts the production of many “feel-good”chemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine.