Unprocessed cacao, the major component of dark chocolate, makes us feel vulnerable and allows us to open up to others. It is magnesium-rich, aids in digestion and alkalizes the body among other benefits. It's coffee-like component, Theobromine, is a stimulant that increases blood flow. It loosens us up and acts as an aphrodisiac. Gift chocolates and spread love!
It’s no coincidence that chocolate is the treat of choice for the love holiday. Here are 3 benefits of cacao that nourish the heart:
1. Heart Opener
Cacao, in its raw and unprocessed form, is a food that naturally opens and connects us to our heart space. It allows us to feel deeper into our emotions and desires. This is why we share chocolate with loved ones so we can be open and connect with one another, perhaps on a more meaningful level.
2. High In Magnesium
Another major health property of raw cacao is that, it is the highest food source of magnesium which is an essential mineral for many bodily functions. It relaxes muscles and the nervous system, aids digestion, and alkalizes the body.
Raw cacao also improves sleep, hydrates, and supports bone health. Magnesium is important for heart health because it keeps calcium levels balanced.
3. Cacao As An Aphrodisiac
Cacao contains Theobromine, which is a natural occurring chemical that is a stimulant similar to coffee but without the caffeine. It also relaxes blood vessels, drops blood pressure, and allows us to relax.
The Aztecs referred to cacao as the food of the Gods mainly due to the theobromine found in it. Cacao is a healing and opening substance before making love – an aphrodisiac!