NATURAL ANTI STRESS
Pure cocoa contains anandamide, a bioactive lipid responsible for creating a feeling of well-being, euphoria and pleasure. It has a positive effect on pain and sleep patterns. It is also one of the greatest sources of magnesium, a mineral that nourishes our nervous system, helping us to be more relaxed.
Additionally, cocoa increases brain levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone. If you are a girl, PMS can sometimes play tricks on you and cause mood swings. If this is your case, you have a good excuse to incorporate this superfood into your diet during those days.
It contains another chemical component, phenylethylamine, a neurotransmitter that helps generate endorphins, which increase our libido and again, the feeling of well-being.
Flavonoids are a group of anti-inflammatory and heart-protective phytonutrients, widely present in cocoa. Numerous studies have supported the power of cocoa to prevent cardiovascular diseases, reduce cholesterol and improve blood circulation by making the blood more fluid. It increases cognitive functions by improving cerebral blood flow, which could prevent diseases such as Alzheimer's.
Cocoa contains theobromine, a natural stimulant of the central nervous system. This alkaloid allows you to be alert without feeling the anxiety or nervousness associated with high amounts of caffeine. It has a slight diuretic effect that will help you purify your body and a vasodilator that will improve your circulation.
Cocoa polyphenols, powerful antioxidants, protect our cells from premature oxidation and increase skin microcirculation, thus keeping it more hydrated.
In addition, its sulfur content beautifies hair, nails and skin, by increasing collagen and keratin production.
In conclusion, it is not surprising that Linnaeus, a Swedish naturalist, called cocoa "the food of the gods." Not only will it make you feel more energy and a greater sense of well-being, it will also nourish your skin, protect your heart and your brain. Include ORGANIC COCOA in your smoothies and recipes without regrets. Your health will thank you!
Alicia Lamothe (Health Coach)
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