Cocoa was firstly used by Ancient Mayas not only in social gatherings, but also as an ingredient for their “special” remedies. After Spanish conquistadors came to Mayas’ land they brought back to Europe their precious cocoa and it didn’t take Europe much time to realize cocoa’s true value. Cocoa or cocoa powder for happiness and good mood! Favorite ingredient in many cakes and desserts. Believe it or not, cocoa powder is more than just dust and it helps for improving mood, and it’s great for your skin and heart health. Harvard researchers came to a conclusion that cocoa is very beneficial for variety of diseases and conditions; most affected by its healthy polyphenolic flavonoids are the heart, blood vessels and insulin. Increasing their levels to a damaging level is successfully regulated by this bitter powder. Heart attack, diabetes and stroke are few of the prevented diseases from cocoa.
Cocoa for healthier heart
When it comes to your heart health treatment due to the flavonoids in cocoa which are numerous in quantities it helps to lower blood pressure, contributes to lower bad cholesterol (LDL), and to reduce the overall risk of heart disease. If you make cocoa keep in mind that it is better if instead of sweetening it with sugar, use honey and 1 teaspoon cocoa at least a day helps the body to to derive benefit from it.
Cocoa reduces wish for sweets
Skip the various cakes and enjoy in smell of cocoa. It has a rich aroma, only his smell reduces by 50% of desire for sweets. Indeed his fragrance activates the same neurotransmitters in the brain that are stimulated when we eat chocolate. And if the smell of cocoa does not help you get rid of the desire for sweets, at least it will contribute to eat a smaller amount.
Cocoa powder for a great looking skin
Cocoa contains antioxidants that help in restoration of damaged skin cells and neutralize harmful free radicals. Create cocoa mask that will rejuvenate the skin on your face, mix 1 tablespoon cocoa, 1 teaspoon honey, 1 teaspoon of crushed oat flakes and 2 teaspoons yogurt.
Gently rub in cocoa mask on clean and wet skin. Let it absorb for 15 minutes, and then rinse it with lukewarm water. Repeat treatment once a week.
Cocoa for better mood
Not only is it very convenient for gums, cocoa can improve your mood and make you happy. It contains more than three hundred compounds, most of which have a positive effect on brain chemistry. Some of these compounds can raise levels of endorphins and serotonin, responsible for good mood. In order to feel beautiful and pleased, make a hot cocoa. The smile will shine on your face!
Cocoa is composed of many minerals as well such as calcium, magnesium, copper, manganese, iron and phosphorus, as well as selenium, potassium and zinc which provide the body with protein, fiber and carbohydrates. In nature this is a rare combination of all these very important minerals to be in one plant – this fact makes the cocoa nutritious bomb! Cocoa contains cocoa butter – I’m sure we have read it on many inrediend labels on variety of products and it is a mixture of monounsaturated fats and saturated fats i.e. oleic, stearic and palmatic acid.