Raw cacao, unlike processed cocoa powder and chocolate bars, is not exposed to high temperatures, which eliminates many of the unique benefits of cocoa for your health. About what can be useful the use of raw cocoa beans, writes portal MedikForum.ru.
Healthier heart. Raw cacao is rich in magnesium, which is required for at least 300 different processes in the body. It plays a role in regulating blood pressure, blood sugar and nervous system function, as well as to the equipment body with iron, which is important for maintaining healthy the blood and regulate energy levels. In addition, iron is also important for hemoglobin, carrying oxygen.
In addition, cocoa contains large amounts of antioxidant flavanols and procyanidins that reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.
Fighting inflammation. The antioxidants in raw cacao fight free radicals caused by stress, environmental toxins and poor lifestyle. Fighting free radicals, raw cacao also helps the body to fight inflammation, preventing chronic disease.
Improve the function of the brain. Raw cocoa beans have a positive effect on the brain. Studies show that cocoa flavonoids can improve attention and speed of information processing by the brain and working memory, to reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease and stroke.
Improve sensitivity to insulin. Many people avoid chocolate because they think that it contains too much sugar. But in the end, the chocolate can cook yourself from raw cacao without added sugar. Its use actually helps prevent the development of type 2 diabetes by increasing insulin sensitivity. One of the scientific versions, cocoa flavonols can inhibit the inflammation caused by diabetes.
Protect from stress. Eating chocolate made from raw cocoa also helps to reduce stress levels due to the high content of antioxidant components. In addition, the substances cocoa stimulates the brain’s production of endorphins, providing a good mood.
Inhibit aging. In cocoa contains more useful antioxidants than red wine or tea. The antioxidants in cocoa (polyphenols), they destroy free radicals – charged particles, produced by the body that harm cells and contribute to the development of diseases such as cancer. Powerful antioxidant effect of cocoa helps to fight premature aging is external: in particular, this product supports skin elasticity, prevents wrinkles and sagging.
How to eat raw cocoa beans. You can grind in a coffee grinder and sprinkle the resulting crumbs of meals. To clear the beans from the skins, they should be soaked in water.