It gets better, Vitamins and Antioxidants: Although cacao does contain many vitamins such as many of the B vits, vits C, D, and E, its real benefits come with its high content
of polyphenols called flavanoids, that have huge antioxidant properties. its antioxidant score or "OREC" is over 13,000 per 100g. This is more than blueberries and red wine combined.
Catechins, which are the active natural phenols in green tea are at their highest concentration in cacao. It also contains high levels of anthocyanins, commonly found in red wine and dark
fruits and berries. The good news is that polyphenols help prevent ageing by protecting our cells from premature oxidation or destruction. an you think of a better tasting anti-ageing
Many of the minerals that we are so deficient in these days are found in abundance in raw chocolate, such as: Zinc, so good for boosting our immune systems, our liver,
pancreas and our skin. Chromium, which is a trace mineral that helps to balance our blood sugars. Iron, of which cacao, at a huge 7.3mg per 100mg, is the highest plant based source.
Calcium, 160mg per 100mg, as opposed to 125mg in milk. Magnesium, such an important mineral, helping with the relaxation and healing of muscles right throughout the body. It fights
acid build up, quietens nerves, calms pain sensitivity, builds strong bones and teeth and protects against osteoporosis. With our western diet, up to 80% of us are said to be deficient in this
mineral, which is found in its highest quantities in cacao.
But, in the tradition of saving the best till last, lets talk about "phytochemicals": There is a good reason behind chocolate being considered the perfect gift
for valentines and loved ones. Raw chocolate is absolutely packed with feel good phytochemicals, which again are significantly depleted in processed chocolate. These include:
Seratonin. Not only does chocolate contain serotonin, but it helps to boost the bodies own production of this neurotransmitter. Seratonin is known for its
ability to boost mood and reduce stress. Chocolate is natures Prozac.
Dopamine, another neurotransmitter, which helps to boost mood and motivation.
Courmarin, which is an appetite suppressant. Yes, chocolate may possibly help you lose weight! It is also shown to have anti- tumour