Raw cacao has over 1200 constituents and compounds, making it one of the most nutrient dense substances on the planet. It also has a high ranking on the ORAC scale, which measures antioxidant capacity and activity. Just as an example, blueberries and green tea are considered very good antioxidant substances, and cacao contains 15 times more than blueberries, and 20 times more than green tea! (1) Cacao flavanoids are some of the powerful in the world, and impart many health benefits. Our cacao extract is standardized to contain a potent dose of theobromine and beneficial polyphenols.
One of the most powerful benefits of cacao is that it can significantly improve the health and functioning on the heart and cardiovascular system. In fact, it benefits the whole vascular system, which is an aspect of health that is sometimes overlooked. A meta analysis done on cacao showed that it helped to lower blood pressure, had anti-platelet action, raised HDL levels, decreased LDL, lowered oxidative stress, protected cholesterol from changing into dangerous foam cells and plaque, improved/protected against atherosclerosis, improved NO production, and improved the important lining of our veins, arteries and capillaries called endothelial tissue. (2-5)
Cacao extract also increases skin elasticity, has some anti-bacterial properties, improves mood and energy levels, reduces the risk of diabetes, reduces certain inflammatory markers and pathways, (TNF, IL-10, CRP, NF-κB etc) inhibits cellular proliferation and cause apoptosis in certain cancer cell lines. Cacao may even improve results in the gym by improving metabolism, endurance, fat burning, and even muscle growth by helping lower myostatin levels (some research with epicatechin). Cacao also has tremendous benefits for the brain. Research shows improved memory, blood flow, decreased risk of stroke and neuro-degenerative disorders, improved neuronal health and survival, and improved general cognition and performance. The benefits don't occur when eating chocolate candy or chocolate in most forms, the nutrients must be intact and raw to impart the benefits. (6-13)
Anyone looking to protect and improve the health of their entire vascular system, heart and circulatory system, and obtain a whole host of other benefits should consider stacking our amla, cacao, and one of the anthocyanin extracts like black currant, bilberry, or blueberry. This stack would improve a plethora of important markers on blood work, and impart powerful protection to the heart, cardiovascular system, and entire vascular network. In addition, this stack would also help improve health in many other ways, and decrease the risks of a number of preventable, but very common diseases.
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