Incaliving’s Organic Cacao Powder
If you are like Gina N. of Sedona, Arizona, then you want to know, “What makes Incaliving’s cacao better than the competition’s?”
Like with all our products, Incaliving believes in purity, potency and producing the highest quality superfoods, and Incaliving’s organic Cacao Powder (284g.) is held to those same stringent standards.
With so many great ways to enjoy Incaliving’s Cacao, there is something for the whole family, even those picky eaters. By adding a tablespoon a day (increasing or decreasing as needed) of Incaliving’s organic raw Cacao Powder to shakes, smoothies, juices, coffee, oatmeal, yogurt, ice cream or in baking goods such as cookies and cakes, everyone can begin enjoying the healthy impacts from the “Food of the gods!” To view our recipes for fun tasty treats, click here.
Potential Health Benefits
Incaliving’s pure, all-natural, 100% organic and raw Cacao Powder is classified as a superfood because, as a deliciously healthy food that contains almost 300 phytochemicals, it contains so much healthy potential. Maybe that is why the cacao bean is sometimes referred to as the “Food of the gods” (Rusconi et al, 2).
Cardiovascular Strength & Wellbeing:
First, one of the important ways cacao may impact health is through flavanols (Vlachojannis et al, 3), which may help promote dilation, strength and the health of blood vessels. These flavanols, like theobromine, may have an impact in many areas throughout the body (Fraga et al, 4). For instance, in one long-term study, the theobromine in cacao may help inhibit the enzyme responsible for cancer growth and may also help reduce the body’s rapid cell regeneration, and this could potentially slow tumour growth as well (Martinez-Panilla et al, 5). Theobromine in cacao powder may help in fighting tooth decay too (Kargul et al, 6) and this is great news for moms, kids and dentists everywhere!
Additionally, cacao could possibly help heart health too since it may help impact blood pressure thanks to the essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao (Wan et al, 10). These components can possibly help lower blood pressure, improve blood flow, and lower cholesterol.
Next, cacao may help reduce the buildup of plaque along artery walls (Galleano et al, 11) and may aid against high cholesterol because consuming cacao showed “decreasing apolipoprotein B and LDL-cholesterol concentrations” (Neufingerl et al, 12) according to one study.
Also, the magnesium in cacao powder could help in the fight against heart disease by potentially lowering blood pressure. In one study, 42 participants received 1,000 mg of cacao per day over the course of three weeks and monitored their blood pressure and they noted a clear decrease in the blood pressure levels during the three-week study (ven den Bogaard et al, 13).
Just as important as flavanols are to the body’s health, so too are the abundance of antioxidants potentially available in cacao powder. First, unlike processed dark chocolate, antioxidants are preserved in raw cacao and may contribute to higher levels of antioxidants, like: oligomeric, procyanidins, resveratrol, and polyphenols (Garcia et al, 7).
In fact, the antioxidants available are higher than most red wine and teas (Lee et al, 8), and a Harvard study demonstrated more antioxidants in cacao than blueberries (Crozier et al, 9). Overall, there are only a few herbs and spices that could provide higher levels of antioxidants due to cacao containing nearly four times the antioxidants than most foods, but, generally speaking, you rarely can consume enough of these foods to obtain the same amount of antioxidants found in a normal dose of Incaliving’s raw and organic Cacao Powder.
Cacao’s Support for Hypertension and Diabetes:
Not only could the magnesium in raw cacao assist with those suffering from hypertension, it may help with diabetes (Ellam et al, 14), and this is according to more than one study (Shah et al, 15), which is promising news for those looking for a great healthy snack to help fight hunger and the effects of debilitating diseases like diabetes or hypertension.
Iron, like magnesium, is found in abundance in cacao and therefore in Incaliving’s raw organic Cacao Powder, which offers some of the highest plant sources of iron available with nearly 7mg (or 39%) of daily recommended iron intake (Johnston et al, 16); there are only a few foods that may offer as much iron yet cacao is probably the tastiest!
Defense Against Premature Aging:
According to research, cacao may also help with premature aging due to the polyphenols. These particular antioxidants are in the same family as the ones found in red wine or green tea and may help protect cells from oxidation, which ultimately helps to keeps you feeling and looking young (Scapagnini et al, 17).
In fact, two groups of women in one study consumed high or low flavanol cacao powder every day for 12 weeks. Amazingly, the group receiving the higher amount of flavanol cacao powder reported firmer skin and less sun damage. This may be due to some of the powerful chemicals in cacao potentially helping to protect the skin against ultraviolet sunlight (Mogollon et al, 18). Cacao users may also experience more radiant skin (Mogollon et al, 19) as it may improve the skin’s hydration levels and elasticity while possibly helping to decrease the appearance of sunspots.
Cacao powder’s benefits for the body could also be extended to include mental health thanks to cacao potentially being linked to better mood (Scholey et al, 20). Cacao contains phenethylamine, which is commonly known as PEA, the feel good neurotransmitter responsible for the feeling of love (Román et al, 21). Additionally, eating raw cacao powder could possibly raise levels of natural serotonin, which is the neurotransmitter that may improve mood and help to fight depression (Pase et al, 22).
Impact on Weight Loss:
Additionally, it may seem counterintuitive but cacao powder has been shown to possibly help in the fight against weight loss (Andújar et al,23) and fatigue (Mitchell et al, 24), which seems to go against the stereotype of moms just eating chocolate on the couch.
Cacao also may help the body to recuperate and lose weight during a restful night sleep (Grandner et al, 25). Next, it could impact diet and exercise through cacao’s potential to reduce inflammation (Martínez-Pinilla et al, 26) so it’s a great addition to pre and post workout routines.
With so many potential healthy benefits attributed to this tasty powder, it’s no wonder cacao was considered the “Food of the gods!”