Cacao: The Superfood That Can Boost Your Health and Mood
As an herbalist, I've always been fascinated by the incredible health benefits that natural foods and herbs can offer. One such superfood that has been gaining popularity in recent years is cacao. However, the Theobroma Cacao tree and cacao fruit has been consumed for a long time. In this blog post, we'll explore the many benefits of cacao, an herbal chocolate bark recipe, and why you should make it a part of your daily routine.
What is Cacao?
Cacao is a tropical fruit that grows on the Theobroma cacao tree. Its seeds, which are commonly referred to as cacao beans, are used to make chocolate. However, unlike the chocolate bars you find in the candy aisle, cacao is minimally processed and retains all of its natural nutrients.
Cacao & Hormone Health
Cacao contains a variety of compounds that can positively affect hormone health. One of these compounds is magnesium, which plays a crucial role in the production of several hormones and is incredibly supportive of the thyroid. Cacao also contains antioxidants, which can reduce inflammation and oxidative stress, two factors that can disrupt hormonal balance. Additionally, cacao contains tryptophan, an amino acid that can boost serotonin levels and help regulate mood and stress. Overall, cacao can be a great addition to a hormone-balancing nutritional plan, but it's important to choose high-quality, organic, raw cacao products to maximize its benefits. I love Karen Berrios cacao.
More Health Benefits of Cacao
Rich in antioxidants: Cacao is loaded with antioxidants, which help protect your body from damage caused by free radicals. These antioxidants also help reduce inflammation, which can contribute to a variety of chronic diseases.
Mood booster: Cacao contains compounds that stimulate the production of endorphins and serotonin, two chemicals in the brain that help promote feelings of happiness and well-being.
Heart-healthy: Cacao is rich in flavanols, which have been shown to improve blood flow and reduce the risk of heart disease.
Brain-boosting: Cacao contains caffeine and theobromine, two stimulants that can help improve cognitive function and mental clarity.
How to Use Cacao
Cacao is incredibly versatile and can be used in a variety of ways:
Add it to smoothies: Blend cacao powder with your favorite fruits, nut butter, and milk for a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
Make hot chocolate: Mix cacao powder with hot milk and a sweetener of your choice for a warm and comforting treat.
Use it in baking: Replace regular cocoa powder with cacao powder in your favorite baked goods for a healthier twist.
Eat it as a snack: Cacao nibs are a great snack on their own or can be added to trail mix for a boost of energy and nutrition.
- Make my herbal chocolate bark for hormone health!
Herbal Chocolate Bark
- 1/3 C coconut butter
- 3/4 C cacao powder
- 1 tbsp. maca powder
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp peppermint powder (or loose peppermint leaf)
- honey or monk fruit to taste
- mix-ins: cashews, Brazil nuts (don’t over-exceed) and goji berries.
- Mix together all ingredients in a pot on the stove, low heat.
- Place your mix-ins in a glass or stainless steel baking pan, or cookie sheet, lined with non-toxic parchment paper.
- Poor your chocolate mixture over. Freeze for at least 60 minutes before breaking. Store in the freezer and enjoy!
- PRO-TIP: Consume my organic herbal digestive bitters before to full absorb all of the nutrients.
Closing thoughts <3
If you're looking for a natural way to support your hormones, organic herbal tinctures may be a great option for you. These powerful plant extracts have been used for centuries to help regulate hormones and promote overall wellness. Whether you're experiencing symptoms of menopause, PMS, or just looking for a natural way to support your hormonal health, herbal tinctures can be a great addition to your daily routine.
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Our herbal tinctures are easy to use and absorb quickly, making them a convenient and effective way to support your hormonal health. Plus, because they're made with all-natural ingredients, you can feel confident that you're giving your body the best possible support without any harmful side effects.
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