In the past, some people have used cocoa grains as the main currency trading. Others mixed the grains with sugar and cinnamon in order to create a drink that was popular among the upper classes and royal families.
In modern times, numerous studies extol the benefits of cocoa:
- It dilates blood vessels to improve circulation, prevent blood clotting, regulates the heart beat and blood pressure, lowers cholesterol and reduces the risk of heart attack.
- Protects against external and internal toxins -- having them repaired and increase the resistance of the damage done by free radicals and may reduce the risk of some cancers.
- Neurotransmitters are mediated by increased cocoa and help us feel good.
- Serotonin, which is found in cocoa grains makes the brain elevated and acts as an anti-depressant.
- Endorphins -- cocoa stimulates secretion of endorphins that create a satisfying feeling of “getting high”, and it gives us enough energy to run a few miles.
- Phenylethylamine -- is found in chocolate, but is also produced by the brain when we are in love. Raises the mood, acts as an anti-depresent, and increases focus and responsiveness.
- Anandamide -- known as “blessed chemical” because it makes you feel good for a while.
- Ephedrine -- widens the alveoli in the lungs and allows better breathing, and therefore easier to carry out sports activities.
- Sulfur -- known as the beauty mineral. Sulfur builds nails and hair and makes the skin glow.
The cocoa has substances that reduce appetite!
Cocoa is a very small container of caffeine. You need to drink 20 cups of cocoa to insert the exact same caffeine dose as you insert with only one cup of coffee. You can also get the “wake up effect” from cocoa but your blood pressure will not be increased, as is the case with caffeine from coffee.