Cacao Powder

Cacao

About Cacao Powder

Cacao powder comes directly from cacao beans without all the processing that goes into creating “Cocoa” or chocolate.  Cacao comes from a tree that is native to the Americas.  It’s believed that Cacao has been consumed since 1500 BC.

Nutrition Benefits of Cacao

Cacao is loaded with antioxidants.  Lets put into perspective at how loaded chocolate is.  One way to measure antioxidant density is through something called an ORAC score.  Cacao scores 95,500 mmol per 100g while blueberries (also known for antioxidants) scores 2,400. Many of the antioxidants in cacao are flavonoids, including anthocyanidin.

Nutrition Facts

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Cacao Powder scores well for 25 health goals

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The Research

Blood Pressure: Score 100

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Contains phenols and flavonols, which have been shown to be beneficial to circulation and blood flow. Cacao has been shown to lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure and improve the formation of vasodilative nitric oxide. Cacao is associated with a decrease in mortality. It also improves insulin resistance. Chocolate is an ingredient used in a couple of the recipes provided above.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 100

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Improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Cacao has a positive effect on inflammatory mediators in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It improves endothelial function. It reduces blood pressure and raises nitric oxide levels. It has therapeutic value in the partial prevention of heart remodeling and atrial fibrillation. The Kuna Indians have low rates of heart attack, diabetes and cancer, which may be due to high intake of cacao. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 100

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Improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Cacao has a positive effect on inflammatory mediators in patients at high risk of cardiovascular disease. It improves endothelial function. It reduces blood pressure and raises nitric oxide levels. It has therapeutic value in the partial prevention of heart remodeling and atrial fibrillation. The Kuna Indians have low rates of heart attack, diabetes and cancer, which may be due to high intake of cacao. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 98

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Human: Cocoa Flavanols reverse vascular dysfunction in diabetics. The Kuna Indians may have a reduced frequency of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer due to their very high intake of flavanol rich cocoa. It improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease risk. Animal: Cacao inhibits diabetes induced cataract formation. It may exert potential effects on reducing hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, liver steatosis and related inflammation.

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Asthma: Score 96

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Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Contains magnesium (125% RDA), which reduces hospital admissions and improves lung function in adults with asthma. It also significantly improves severe acute asthma in children. Contains selenium (20% RDA), which may be a useful adjunct to medication for patients with chronic asthma. Contains zinc (45% RDA), which is beneficial for children with asthma.

Anemia: Score 94

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Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Contains iron (66% RDA) Contains magnesium (107% RDA), which may be associated with hemolytic anemia.

Stress - Adrenal: Score 94

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Human: Daily consumption of dark chocolate for 2 weeks reduces the urinary excretion of the stress hormones cortisol and catecholamines, while reducing other metabolic indicators of stress.

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Fat Loss: Score 94

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Human: Cacao improves insulin resistance, reduces serum insulin levels, and parameters associated with cardiovascular disease. It reduced abdominal circumference and improved cardiovascular disease markers.

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Thyroid: Score 93

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Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Contains magnesium (125% RDA), which Prevents exercise induced reduction in thyroid hormone. Contains selenium (20% RDA), which is related to a healthy thyroid. Low selenium levels in the thyroid tissue may increase thyroid cancer risk. Selenium may reduce antithyroid peroxidase antibodies’ levels in patients with Hashimoto disease. In areas with selenium deficiency there is a higher incidence of thyroiditis due to a decreased activity of selenium-dependent glutathione peroxidase activity within thyroid cells. Low serum selenium was associated with a larger thyroid volume and a higher prevalence of thyroid enlargement. Contains zinc (45% RDA). A deficiency may contribute to thyroid cancer and increase thyroid volume. It prevents exercise induced reduction of thyroid hormones and testosterone.

Look Younger: Score 92

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Animal: Cacao may increase life span and exhibits metal chelating properties. It may protect the skin from sun aging damage. In Vitro: Cacao has anti-wrinkle, skin-whitening and sunscreen effects.

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Cholesterol: Score 92

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Cacao improves arterial lining function in people with high cholesterol. Cacao may reduce blood lipids and insulin resistance. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Skin Health (Psoriasis, Eczema, etc.): Score 92

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Animal: Cacao may increase life span and exhibits metal chelating properties. It may protect the skin from sun aging damage. In Vitro: Cacao has anti-wrinkle, skin-whitening and sunscreen effects.

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Colon Health: Score 90

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Human: Cacao derived flavanols are effective prebiotics as demonstrated in healthy human volunteers.

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Alzheimers: Score 90

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It reduces neuronal cell death in a manner relevant to Alzheimer’s disease. It holds promise in the prevention of Alzheimer’s disease.

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Cancer: Score 90

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Human: Cacao potentially inhibits angiogenesis. The Kuna Indians may have a reduced frequency of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer due to their very high intake of cacao. Animal: It has anti-lymphoma properties. Cacao may merit further clinical investigation as a chemo-preventive agent that helps prevent colitis associated cancer. Cocao polyphenols protect rats from prostate cancer. It is cytotoxic to a broad range of human cancer cell lines. It has cytotoxic MCF-7 cancer cells but not in normal cells.

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Heart Attack: Score 90

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Human: The Kuna Indians may have a reduced frequency of heart attack, stroke, diabetes and cancer due to their very high intake of cacao.

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Irritable Bowel Syndrome: Score 90

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Human: Cacao derived flavanols are effective prebiotics as demonstrated in healthy human volunteers.

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Anxiety: Score 90

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Cacao contains Anandamide, (aka the “bliss chemical”) which is a neurotranmitter often produced in your brain. Anandamide has been associated with improving motivation and increasing pleasure. A human study concluded that “Our results indicate that anandamide participates in the modulation of emotional states and point to fatty acid amide hydrolase inhibition as an innovative approach to anti-anxiety therapy.”

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Detoxification: Score 88

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Animal: Cacao may increase life span and it exhibits metal chelating properties.

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Eye Health: Score 88

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Cacao may be useful in the treatment of glaucoma. Cacao inhibits diabetes induced cataract formation. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Athletic Performance: Score 88

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Contains epicatechin, which has been shown in an animal study to induce metabolic and structural changes in skeletal and heart muscles resulting in greater endurance capacity. Cacao is found in the Ancient Chocolate Superfood Mix.

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Liver: Score 88

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Animal: It may exert potential effects on ameliorating hyperlipidemia, insulin resistance, liver steatosis and related inflammation.

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Prostate: Score 88

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Animal: It prevents testosterone induced hyperplasia in a rat model of benign prostatic hyperplasia. It protects rats from prostate carcinogenesis.

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