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The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

The  cacao , mainly as food, exerts a remarkable stimulating properties that comfort and reanimate our body. Not in vain, it   is one of th...

The  cacao , mainly as food, exerts a remarkable stimulating properties that comfort and reanimate our body. Not in vain, it  is one of the best known foods that exist, especially because it is a product from which you get one of the most consumed desserts par excellence: chocolate .

And we are faced with a natural product rich in polyphenols, which in fact provides an interesting variety of benefits and properties for health, capable of stimulating our body, comfort and increase our mood. 

A good example of its consumption are many of the products that, to date, we can enjoy from cocoa . In this sense, bitter cocoa  is obtained from the clean cocoa beans, roasted and ground. It is at this moment when they are usually added sugar and milk for the making known as milk chocolate .

The origin and history of cocoa

There are many doubts about the origin and history of cocoa, as well as from what historical moment began to be cultivated and later to be consumed.

Thus, some scientific studies carried out by the National Institute of Anthropology and History of Mexico have revealed that different carbon-14 analyzes carried out on vessels containing theobromine found in Veracruz (in the excavations at Cerro Manatí) are dated around 1750 BC

The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

In this sense,  some studies have verified that in the region already in the 1000 aC chocolate was consumed , being olmecas present in the coast of the Gulf of Mexico who would have discovered the process for the preparation of the chocolate.

In fact, there are historical records that indicate that around 450 AD, cups filled with chocolate drink were placed in the tombs of the Mayan kingsand there were also cups and vessels with hieroglyphic texts in which not only the preparation but the taste of chocolate.

The wonderful cocoa tree

With the name of  Theobroma cacao L. we find the  tree of cacao , also known popularly with the name of  cacaotero . It is a tree that belongs to the family of Malvaceae or Malvaceae, whose main habitat is tropical America, originating mainly from the Amazon basin until extending gradually to the south of present-day Mexico.

Presents an hour perennial, always in flowering. It has a fruit that is actually a berry, with an elongated shape, which turns red or purple yellow. This fruit is used for the production of both dry and dark cocoa powder as well as cocoa butter or fat (edible natural bean fat).

The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

Properties of cocoa

Nervous System Stimulant

If there is a food that helps us feel good every time we consume that is the cocoa without a doubt. Why? Basically because it contains a number of components that act as stimulants and euphorants.

This quality translates into something very simple: every time we eat a portion of pure cocoa or chocolate we get a  pleasant feeling of well-being due to the presence of phenylethylamine, which acts in the brain triggering a state of emotional well-being and euphoria.

Improves mood

Cocoa helps to increase the production of endorphins , hormones that improve our mood. In addition, we must not forget that it stands out as  a tremendously energetic food , a quality that translates into something very simple: it helps us recover strength in situations of physical and mental fatigue, being useful to keep us more active.

The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

Stimulating the digestive system

In addition to its qualities as a stimulant of our nervous system and our emotions,  cocoa acts as an excellent digestive , in addition to becoming a wonderful stimulant of our digestive system.

Good against constipation

On the other hand several studies have verified the benefits of cocoa as a natural relief against constipation , thanks precisely to that it becomes an ideal food to tone and stimulate the digestive system.

But its qualities do not end here, as a study carried out by the University of the State of Louisiana (in the United States), found that certain substances present in cocoa reach the colon , where they are fermented by microorganisms and good bacteria present in our bacterial flora.

Excellent for maintaining good cardiovascular health

Did you know that  cocoa is very rich in antioxidants ? These natural compounds are able to prevent the negative action of free radicals in our body, helping to prevent the degeneration of our cells (responsible for the onset of many diseases).

For this richness in antioxidants  cocoa is ideal for our cardiovascular system , preventing the onset of heart disease. It also  helps lower cholesterol and triglycerides .

The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

Good for skin and against cellulite

These same benefits  count on a very important anti-cellulite activity, antioxidant and even softening, that are taken advantage of by chocolaterapia , a therapy that as surely you know it is to apply it to the skin through massages.

The most interesting thing besides everything that we have treated until these instants, is its reductive capacity , ideal for people who wish to take care of its line. That yes, this property would be only in the extract of pure cocoa itself.

Recent studies have estimated that about 4 cocoa capsules would provide the same amount of polyphenols as 2 250 g tablets. of dark chocolate. Therefore, cocoa is ideal as fat burning, reduce, antioxidant and anti-cellulite.

What are the main contraindications of cocoa?

Although cocoa is usually a natural food with many health benefits, the fact is that, as with any other food or drink, that does not prevent it from presenting its own  contraindications

In this sense, on the one hand we must take into account that  cacao contains traces of caffeine , so its consumption is not advised in case of  hypertension or  nervous states .

The wonderful benefits of cocoa and contraindications

On the other hand  as it contains active ingredients with astringent qualities , especially due to the presence of tannins, its consumption is not recommended either in the case of  constipation or  hemorrhoids .

Nor can we forget something fundamental: it is not the same to consume pure cocoa to consume it as we find today in the majority of cases: in the form of chocolates and chocolates with high content of added sugars, a high amount of fatsand without very low cocoa percentage.

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