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In its raw form, cacao contains anandamide (an euphoric substance), arginine (a natural aphrodisiac), neurotransmitters that stimulate and balance brain activity, tryptophan (an anti-depressant), antioxidants and other beneficial compounds.

Cacao is high in minerals as magnesium which is essential for helping the heart to pump blood efficiently and lowering blood pressure. It also increases brain activity, helps to regulate metabolism and provides mussels with energy. In fact, the strong desire for chocolate during the female menstrual cycle may be related to cravings for magnesium, a mineral with calming qualities. Cacao is also a good source of the beauty mineral sulfur, responsible for healthy skin, nails and hair.

Dry cacao beans may contain as much as 12-18% polyphenols, known as cacao polyphenols or cacao flavonoids, which have a potent antioxidant capacity, and have been shown to scavenge free radicals and inhibit the oxidation of LDL. They may also have anti-inflammatory and immune-modulator activity, and promote cardiovascular and immune health.

There is much more to talk about the benefits of high quality cacao, simply because it is a very nutrient dense superfood.

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