When it comes to superfoods, cacao can’t be left out. With more than 1,200 different chemical ingredients, cacao beans are one of the richest and most complex foods man know. We have collected 10 health facts about this powerful beans you should know:
Cacao consumes serotonin, dopamine, tryptophan and anandamide. All of them have a mood-lifting effect on us humans and can enhance our sense of well-being.
The flavonoids in cacao dilate blood vessels, which lowers blood pressure and increases energy. They also help regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels and are a weight loss approach that improves cardiovascular health.
Cacao as a superfood contains 40 times more antioxidants than blueberries. They can protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals, known as oxidative stress.
There are also huge amounts of Phenylethylamine (PEA) raw cacao. PEA serves as an energy booster and increases alertness and concentration.
Cacao increases high-density lipoprotein levels(HDL).HDL, the so-called “good cholesterol”, and the higher the level, the lower the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Raw cacao has more calcium than cow’s milk, up to 160 mg per 100g. Quantitatively, calcium is the most important mineral in the human body. Almost 100% of calcium is contained in bones and teeth – it keeps bones and teeth stable.
The alkaloid theobromine, found in cacao, is thought to block the action of sensory nerves and interrupt the cough reflex. In addition, it also has a similar effect on the human organism as caffeine, which boosts alertness.
Cacao beans are by far the highest vegetable source of iron, containing 46.8 mg/100g, while spinach, which is said to be rich in iron contains only 4.1 mg/100g.
Cacao is also among the top performers when it comes to magnesium. It contains up to 500 mg/100g which is why cacao can also relieve the symptoms of PMS.
Everything in you is turned on to have a spiritual cacao ceremony. Beyond the preparation the most important question is, where is the right place for your ceremony?
But first, let’s get deeper into the ceremony itself. A cacao ceremony is, for sure, all about cacao. That’s a main, but not the only thing of it. Because of the 100% pure cacao your mind and your body will be relaxed. That’s because of the high amount of minerals. So, during a cacao ceremony you will lose your inner wall and open your heart.
What you do during a cacao ceremony?
The ceremony will lead you into your inner self and releases barricades. So, it is the perfect chance to bound with your inner self and during journaling, meditation, dancing, singing and conscious breathing and drinking raw cacao.
You can notice a few points to get the right place for your ceremony.
Fundamentally there are no special regulations, so that your right place has to look like a fixed scheme. Every place can be as individual as the human being.
There are just a few tips, how you can create and inspire your place for the ceremony.
For example, in our further article, we wrote down how you can create your own sacred cacao ceremony at home.
In the article, we focus on calmness to create enough space for your feelings, your thoughts and your own space. It is important, that you can’t be disturbed during your ceremony.
Take everything you love to the place. Everything, that opens your heart. From your favorite objects to your favorite scent.
Here are some inspirations, where you can find your right place for your ceremony:
– Nature! If the nature makes you feel whole, let the forest, the rivers, water be your special sacred place
– Temples/ churches! Do you feel best in a temple or a church, reach out for it.
– Yoga Centers! Here you’ve got all in one. A comfortable atmosphere, for which you don’t have to care of. You can just arrive and enjoy the ceremony.
It is also possible to join a whole festival and have a spiritual cacao ceremony with a lot of people, feeling the vibes. In this case the ceremony will be in the nature.
Did you ever ask yourself which nutrients are exactly in pure cacao?
Sure, we have got an idea – but let’s get deeper into it!
Raw cacao went more known and popular the last year as a superfood. That occurs mainly on his many health benefits.
Raw Cacao needs a tropical climate to grow. So, the places, where it can be grown are rare. The highest productions are in West Africa.
Did you know, that there aren’t big productions who grow raw cacao? No, it is mostly harvested by smallholders.
Therefore, it is important not to confound raw cacao with the common cocoa bars you get in the supermarket.
Notice the difference of raw cacao!
Let’s have a look at the differences between raw cacao and cocoa.
When you have a look at the supermarket shelves you will see a huge choice of different chocolate bars, spread, cookies, cake etc. – that belong to the cocoa.
The purest chocolate you can eat is raw cacao, because the unroasted beans are processed cold. Because of that process the beans have so many health benefits.
On the other hand, cocoa is processed hot. And as we know, heat destroys for example a big part of micronutrients. After that the cocoa bars are produces industrial, with a lot of sugar and more non-natural ingredients.
Finally, there is a big amount of Nutrition Values in the raw cacao. Let’s have a detailed look at it!
The effect of Theobromine is comparable to the effect of caffeine, but not that strong, more long term and much milder.
Furthermore, it dilates blood vessels and prevent blood clots. [Suparni N1]
Manly Flavonoids are known to strengthen the brain. Therefore, it is also important to elderly people.
Other nutrients are sulfur, copper, magnesium, calcium, iron, cobalt, boron, B vitamins and a high amount of protein.
Every single nutrient is a benefit for your health. In general, you can point out the following enumeration just as the beginning, because there are so many studies running to check out further positive effects of raw cacao.
· Positive to the whole organism
· Reduction of cataracts
· Strengthens the heart
· Supports the immune system
· Calms down in your stressful everyday life
· Reduces risk of cancer
· Lowers blood pressure
· Supports brain function
· Supporting effect on hormonal and lymphatic system
· Reduces the risk of diabetes
· Reduces inflammation
· And many more
What’s up with the thesis, that cacao can make you “high?”
Well, pure cacao can trigger extraordinary feelings, like high happiness for example. As you know, you can drink it in a spiritual ceremony in a higher concentration. You will get a very good feeling because of all the natural elements and nutrients in the raw cacao.
Have a look how to make your own sacred ceremonial cacao?
In this article, we underlined the health benefits of raw cacao. Many people don’t know that there are big nutritional differences between cacao and cocoa.
So, when you are in the supermarket, have a closer look at what you put in your shopping bin. Maybe there are healthier alternatives, which are much better for your health.
And keep in mind, that industrial produced chocolate works against your health.
Do you want to know more about the effectiveness of cacao?
Dive into it and apply for our cacao ceremony course!