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It's no coincidence that we feel amazing after drinking a cup of Ceremonial Cacao. The unique alchemy and perfect combination of active compounds and neurotransmitters in a cup of pure Cacao nurture the body, stimulate the mind, awaken creativity, and invite one into deep communion with Self and Spirit.
Although increasingly recognized as one of the most nutritionally dense and complete foods on the planet, the extent of Cacao's benefits, going well beyond the physical, is only known to those who have held a cup of Ceremonial Cacao close to their hearts and have had first-hand experience of the impacts of this powerful superfood. If you are not already giving yourself the gift of drinking Ceremonial Cacao, here are the top five reasons why you should start.
Fine ceremonial Cacao, such as Keith's Cacao which is the original and finest ceremonial Cacao in the world, is produced following the traditional approach of the shamans of thousands of years ago. The minimal processing and a short fermentation period ensure that every block of Keith's Cacao preserves its healthy fat content, nutrients, and active compounds. Each step in the process from harvest to grounding is done with conscious intention and integrity to create a product that is of the highest quality and potency.
Only within this context can we talk of Cacao as a "superfood," offering maximum nutritional benefits for minimal calorie consumption. In this purest form, Cacao is a nutrient powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants.
• Magnesium - Cacao is one of the highest sources of magnesium on the planet. Magnesium plays a role in over 300 essential reactions in the body, including the absorption of calcium and the assimilation of vitamin D. Some of the benefits of a sufficient supply of magnesium include stronger bones and teeth, balanced carbohydrate and glucose metabolism, and a healthy heart.
• Antioxidants - Cacao is super rich in antioxidants that help protect the body from excess free radicals and reduce inflammation.
• Flavanols - Cacao also has a high content of flavanols, which can help relax blood vessels and improve blood flow, lowering blood pressure.
• Potassium - Another powerful mineral in Cacao is potassium, which aids in lowering blood pressure, balancing the body's fluid levels, and enhancing cardiovascular and nerve function.
Ceremonial Cacao wakes you up and keeps you stimulated, without the jitter and crash. Although it does contain a small amount of caffeine, it is the gentle and long-lasting impact of Theobromine, a cardiovascular stimulant found almost exclusively in Cacao, that creates heightened mental agility, awareness, and focus while boosting your energy for an extended period of time. Thanks to its high flavanol content, Cacao significantly increases blood flow to the brain (see studies published by The National Center for Biotechnology), thus improving cognitive performance, memory, and creativity. At the same time, the hormone-like Phylathelynamine contained in Cacao provides heightened focus, attention, goal-directed behavior, and task completion!
Phylathelynamine, or PEA for brevity, is also known as the "love chemical" because it stimulates brain chemistry often associated with the feelings we have when we are in love. When PEA levels are elevated, the receptors in the brain will receive these molecules instead of absorbing dopamine, which leaves more dopamine in the brain. Higher dopamine levels boost our mood and lift our spirits. Abundant in pure ceremonial Cacao, PEA has also gained the nickname "chocolate amphetamine"!
Also naturally present in Cacao is Anandamide, the "bliss molecule"! Anandamide is a naturally occurring cannabinoid that acts as a feel-good chemical, creating an effect similar to the feeling of well-being and mild euphoria produced when the body releases endorphins.
The Cacao plant has been cultivated and shared for centuries. Each era and culture has its own unique connection to its magic and medicine. Archeological research shows us some of the history and significance of Cacao in South America and Mesoamerica for the Olmecs, Maya, Toltecs, and Aztecs. Cacao was used in ceremonies, rituals, and initiatory rites of passage relating to creation, fertility, marriage, healing, and more. Indigenous myths also tell us that whenever the balance between humans and nature becomes threatened, Cacao comes from the rainforest to open people's hearts and return the planet to a state of harmony.
Ceremonial Cacao today is used as a powerful facilitator and ally for inner work, with each person's experience being uniquely their own. Known as a medicine of the heart, Cacao initiates a deeper level of connection, both with our deeper intuitive selves and to everyone around us. As an adaptogen, the Spirit of Cacao meets each individual person where they are, bringing them what they most need at the moment.
Rich in antioxidants and minerals that promote cardiovascular activity and heart health, Cacao carries an ability to open the heart and clear blocked channels energetically, as well as physically. As Theobromine gently stimulates the heart on a physical level, other active compounds encourage the body to release muscular tension and energetic blocks. This release in the physical body opens up an energetic flow within, holding the power to remove emotional, psychological, and spiritual blocks.
Offering a tangible feeling of support as we explore our inner landscape, Cacao allows us to let go of fear and invite more love to flow within our own hearts, facilitating a deeper connection to others, to nature, and to all that is; from one heart to another.
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