Cocoa is considered a ‘superfood’ due to the high density of essential nutrients, very few side effects and proven health benefits.The main valuable essential nutrients of cocoa are:Flavonoids (catechins, epicatechins, procyandins), which makes it a very good Antioxidant, which means it reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks, also can improve the function of the brain and increase skin density and hydration.Theobromine (a blood vessel widener), which helps at heart stimulation and diuretic operation.
Serotonin. Cocoa favors the production of Serotonin, which intervenes in controlling appetite and eating behavior leading to lower carbohydrate intake for proteins and generally reducing the amount of food ingested.
Acids, which help lower bad cholesterol and raise good cholesterol levels. They also possesses antioxidant properties and can fight free radicals. Vitamins (A, B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, C, E), which benefit the cardiovascular system and also have antioxidant benefits and promote longevity.
Minerals (magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium, manganese) and fiber, which are as well, very essential elements for the proper operation of human organism.
And if the above seems not enough to you there are more benefits we can have from cocoa: It can strengthen cell membrane integrity, boost memory power, improve functioning of the heart, circulatory system and brain, increase energy levels, help with weight loss, reduce inflammatory conditions like arthritis and more… This is why cocoa is called a ‘superfood’!