Cacao is the most antioxident rich thing on earth (4 times as much antioxidents as green tea). Lemme stress, we're talking unadultered dark chocolate here, not milk chocolate. Raw cacao is a great source of iron, giving you an uplifting feeling or 'high' often times..Also:
- Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain and therefore acts as an anti-depressant, promoting an overall sense of well-being.
-Endorphins - These are our natural pain and stress chemicals known as neurotransmitters. Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, which can help to produce a pleasurable feeling.
- Phenylethylamine (PEAs) - PEAs are a natural chemical compound that are also created within the brain and released when we are in love. It acts as a mild mood elevator and an anti-depressant, and it helps increase focus and alertness.
- Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the "bliss chemical" because it is released by the brain when we are feeling happy. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines that are believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. This promotes relaxation for a longer period of time.
The Aztecs knew of the virtues of cacao and called it 'heart blood'.. Enjoy...