West Africans have quality cocoa we sell to the world at a very cheap price, forgetting the benefits of these products to our health. Let’s talk about cocoa powder today. It can save us from numerous illness and sicknesses we suffer from and wasting huge sums of money to cure.
Let’s look at the health benefits of cocoa powder.
Rich in Polyphenols That Provide Several Health Benefits.
Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, which have significant health benefits, including reduced inflammation and improved cholesterol levels. However, processing cocoa into chocolate or other products can substantially decrease the polyphenol content.
May Reduce High Blood Pressure by Improving Nitric Oxide Levels
Studies reveal that cocoa is rich in flavanols, which lower blood pressure by improving nitric oxide levels and blood vessel function. Cocoa containing between 30–1,218 mg of flavanols can reduce blood pressure by an average of 2 mmHg.
May Lower Your Risk of Heart Attack and Stroke.
Cocoa can improve blood flow and reduce cholesterol. Eating up to one serving of chocolate per day may reduce your risk of heart attack, heart failure, and stroke.
Polyphenols Improve Blood Flow to Your Brain and Brain Function.
Flavanols in cocoa can support neuron production, brain function and improve blood flow and supply to brain tissue. It has a role in preventing age-related brain degeneration, such as in Alzheimer’s disease, but more research is needed.
May Improve Mood and Symptoms of Depression by Various Means.
Cocoa may exert some positive effects on mood and symptoms of depression by reducing stress levels and improving calmness, contentment, and overall psychological well-being. However, more research is needed.
Flavanols May Improve Symptoms of Type 2 Diabetes.
Cocoa and dark chocolate may reduce your risk of diabetes and maintain healthy blood sugar levels. However, there are some conflicting results in the scientific evidence, so more research is needed.
May Aid Weight Control in Many Surprising Ways
Cocoa products are associated with a lower weight, and the addition of cocoa to your diet may help achieve faster weight loss. However, more research is needed on this topic to determine exactly what type and how much cocoa is ideal.
May Have Cancer-Protective Properties
Small human studies on cocoa and cancer suggest that it can be a powerful antioxidant and may play a role in cancer prevention. Cocoa has the highest concentration of flavanols out of all foods per weight and can significantly contribute to their amount in your diet.
The flavanols in cocoa have been shown to have promising anti-cancer properties in test-tube and animal studies, but data from human trials is lacking.
Theobromine and Theophylline Contents May Help People With Asthma.
Asthma is a chronic inflammatory disease that causes obstruction and inflammation of the airways and can be life-threatening. It’s thought that cocoa may be beneficial for people with asthma, as it contains anti-asthmatic compounds, such as theobromine and theophylline.
Theobromine is similar to caffeine and may help with persistent coughing. Cocoa powder contains about 1.9 grams of this compound per 100 grams or 3.75 ounces.
The cocoa extract has demonstrated some anti-asthmatic properties in animal studies. However, human trials are needed before it can be recommended as a treatment.
Antibacterial and Immune-Stimulating Properties May Benefit Your Teeth and Skin.
Cocoa contains many compounds that have antibacterial, anti-enzymatic and immune-stimulating properties that may contribute to its oral health effects.
Cocoa can promote healthy teeth by fighting bacteria that cause cavities, though this does not apply to sugar-containing products. It also promotes healthy skin by protecting it from sunlight and improving circulation, the skin surface, and hydration.
Easy to Include in Your Diet.
The European Food Safety Authority recommends 0.1 ounces (2.5 grams) of high-flavanol cocoa powder or 0.4 ounces (10 grams) of high-flavanol dark chocolate containing at least 200 mg of flavanols per day to achieve heart health benefits