Benefits of Raw Cacao
Nature has provided us with many sources of medicine and raw cacao is one of the most effective (and delicious) of them all. It is an immune-boosting powerhouse full of antioxidants, vitamins and essential minerals. This superfood is a potent source of magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and fiber. It is by far one of the most antioxidant rich foods, assisting in balancing hormonal mood swings by raising levels of serotonin in the body and creating the feeling of euphoria due to the anandamide (or bliss molecule) in the cacao. It is heart protecting, energy creating, improves skin texture (more powerful than antioxidant rich green tea & blueberries) and contains endorphins for mood-boosting effects. I could go on and on about the benefits but as you can see, this is an extremely powerful food that we have access to. It is also important to note that raw cacao is a wonderful source of magnesium, something many of us are deficient in. Magnesium is responsible for a lot in the body from balancing brain chemistry to building strong bones and is crucial to creating vitality.
Raw cacao is now a daily part of my diet. My favorite ways to enjoy it are 1-2 tbsp in my morning smoothie, sugar-free hot chocolate (I stir into warm coconut milk with a few drops of stevia), making my own chocolate, adding a tbsp to homemade banana ice cream or a handful of raw cacao nibs if I am having a craving or need an energy boost.