Health Benefits of Cocoa Powder

Natural cocoa powder which is derived from the cocoa bean is one of the richest sources of flavonoids. Cocoa which is a major content in chocolates and candy bars has more nutritious benefits than one could imagine. Besides the delicious taste, it is a store house of numerous health benefits. It is a rich source of iron, fiber and magnesium. Some of the most common health benefits of this powder are elaborated in the following sections.

Cocoa powder contained in chocolates is less nutritious as it is combined with a considerable amount of sugar and fat. Therefore dark chocolates which contain more amount of cocoa with no added sugar are considered to be healthy and nutritious.

Anti-depressants: As it contains a substance called phenethylamine which proves to be a mood elevator, this nutritious powder is also considered to be a natural anti-depressant. It also boosts the level of endorphins which elevates our mood.

Fights cancer: Regular consumption of cocoa also helps to fight cancer as it contains anti-oxidants.

Heart diseases: As it is rich in flavonoids, it improves cardiovascular health in different ways. It is also known to reduce the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Reduce cholesterol levels: Cocoa contains natural polyphenolic flavonoids which help to reduce LDL. It seldom affects triglyceride levels in the blood.

Reduce high blood pressure: Regular and moderate consumption of cocoa also helps to reduce high blood pressure.

Aging process: The antioxidants present in this delicious and nutritious powder also helps to slow down the aging process to a great extent. Studies reveal that a cup of cocoa is far more nutritious and healthy than a glass of red wine.

Prevent blood clots: Regular consumption of this powder also helps to reduce blood clots and increases the flow of blood to the arteries.

However, most of the commercial products available today contain processed powder which seldom contains flavonoids. The anti-oxidant flavonoids are removed as it tastes bitter. Raw cocoa powder is ingrained with all the nutritious and health benefits of this unique plant. So it is quite important to buy powders which are less processed.

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