1 Tablespoon Of This Powder Can Help Manage Heart Problem, Diabetes and More

Cocoa offers anti-inflammatory, anti-allergenic, anti-carcinogenic and antioxidant qualities and has demonstrated positive effects by imparting numerous health benefits.

Raw cocoa beans are very rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), much more than berries, red wine, green tea and any other fruit, vegetable or nut.

It also reduces inflammation, blood clotting, helps blood flow, increases the good cholesterol (HDL) and decreases the bad cholesterol (LDL).

Health Benefits Of Cocoa

* Blood pressure: Flavonoid-rich cocoa aids in lowering blood pressure and improving the elasticity of blood vessels. Furthermore, it helps in maintaining a healthy circulatory system.

* Antioxidant Capacity: Cocoa exhibits higher antioxidant activity than against black tea, green tea and red wine. Antioxidants helps to neutralize the oxygen-based free radicals that are present in the body.

* Brain Health: Flavonol-rich cocoa may extend its beneficial effects to maintaining a healthy brain. These neuroprotective benefits could also have favorable effects on learning and memory functions.

* Blood Cholesterol: Cocoa has hypoglycemic and hypocholesterolemic effects on both glucose and cholesterol levels, respectively.

* Diabetes: The consumption of cocoa has been shown to be effective in improving insulin resistance and glucose metabolism.

* Wound Healing: Cocoa extracts help in preventing the development of various kinds of infections in the body.

* Cardiovascular Health: Cocoa's antioxidant properties help in protecting the cells from damage while strengthening the heart.

* Constipation: Consumption of cocoa husk exerts therapeutic effects in treating chronic constipation and bowel function diseases.

* Cancer: Cocoa demonstrated beneficial effects in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells without effecting the growth of normal healthy cells.

Cocoa itself is bitter, so when it is made into chocolate, sugar must be added.

The best way to incorporate raw cocoa into your diet is by adding 1-2 teaspoons of the powder in smoothies, cereal, granola, or even make a hot drink with raw cocoa powder, a bit of honey and milk.

Here are some smoothie ideas that go especially well with raw cocoa:

Chocolate Orange Smoothie 

- 4 oranges, juiced
- 2 tsp raw cocoa powder
- 2 bananas, peeled
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted

Pour the orange juice and all the other ingredients into the blender and blend. If you want you can add more juice or water to thin the smoothie.

Chocolate Coconut Smoothie

- 1 banana, peeled
- 2 pitted dates
- 1/2 coconut and all it’s water
- 2 tsp raw cocoa powder
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- 2 oranges, juice

Add all the ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Either strain or drink it as is.

1 Tablespoon Of This Powder Can Help Manage Heart Problem, Diabetes and More 1 Tablespoon Of This Powder Can Help Manage Heart Problem, Diabetes and More Reviewed by LVS Staff on 9:36 PM Rating: 5
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