Raw chocolate is the most recommended form among all forms of chocolate. It is by far the most antioxidant rich food on the planet and is thought to be the most nutritionally complex food also, containing over 300 identifiable chemical compounds. It regulates blood sugar, lifts your mood with bliss chemicals, aids in cardiovascular function, promotes weight loss, and new studies have shown its benefits may extend to the brain and have important implications for learning and memory.
Raw cacao contains many important vitamins and minerals including:
Magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese. It is also extremely high in antioxidants and contains vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9 and E. It includes the essential heart-healthy fat oleic acid, a monounsaturated fat, as well as protein and fiber.
Here is a more in depth description of the health benefits of raw cacao:
– Raw chocolate can lower blood pressure & improve circulation
Flavanols, theobromine, and other components found in cacao may lower blood pressure and enhance circulation by promoting dilation, strength, and health of blood vessels.
– Raw chocolate can promote cardiovascular function & health
The antioxidant power of flavonoids and essential minerals and vitamins found in cacao can support healthy heart functioning by lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow, lowering LDL cholesterol, and reducing plaque buildup on artery walls.