When we talk about cocoa, everyone smiles and thinks about how it is related to chocolate indulgence and how sweet it can be. However, many people are unaware that cocoa can be used for so much more than just eating.
Cocoa is a native plant of the Central America and some parts of Mexico. This exotic delight grows in a limited geographical zone, but nowadays West Africa has dominated the cultivation of nearly 70% of the world’s produce grown there. A Swedish naturalist by the name Carl Linnaeus gave the plant its first name based on his original classification of the plant kingdom. He named the plant Theobroma Cacao (food of the Gods).
For decades, cocoa has been widely used in a variety of charming confectionery and delectable drinks – chocolate! Surprisingly, it is scientifically proven that this wonderful gift of mother nature offers more than just heavenly desserts to crave for but it also offers astonishing remedial property that promotes well-being. The powder from the cocoa beans contains high antioxidants such as procyanidins and flavonoids that stimulate the antiaging process. Meanwhile, polyphenol in cocoa makes it soluble and easily absorbed. Through extensive research conducted, there are many discoveries on how cocoa, in general, can help us improve our health despite claims by some health experts that it is harmful to our health.
Some of the known benefits of cocoa are: it significantly strengthens our cardiovascular system and thus reduces the risk of heart attack and stroke due to high blood pressure; even more, it reduces cancer threats. Besides all these, cocoa consumption is also associated with slowing down the decline of cognitive ability due to the ageing process.
Cocoa and heart
Cocoa contains plenty antioxidant compounds that can be used to prevent premature destruction in cells due to external exposure such as heat, light, air, moisture, and time. Thus, the consumption of cocoa would serve as a preventive measure of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) from destroying the human cells, which later causes premature aging and diseases.
Cocoa also contains a high volume of polyphenols, a group of protective antioxidant compounds found in many beverages such as red wine and tea, which are proven effective in maintaining and regulating the cardiovascular system. The polyphenols in cocoa are protective in two ways; one is that they help reduce the oxidation of low-density lipoproteins (LDL) or bad cholesterol and to top it off, polyphenols also inhibit blood platelets from clumping, which will lead to atherosclerosis (the hardening of the arteries).
Cocoa, moods and mind
Cocoa is also said to have agents that enhance the production of various mood-inducing chemicals in the brain, notably serotonin and dopamine. This makes cocoa a type of antidepressant mood-elevating agent. No wonder chocolate is famous among many people since it stimulates the brain, invoking the feeling of contentment, serenity, and luxury. Cocoa also helps boost a sense of well-being by increasing the levels of serotonin in the brain. Thus it is obvious why most women crave for chocolate during their PMS due to these chemicals.
Undoubtedly, cocoa has many other benefits that can be proven to be useful for human beings in the future. Cocoa is truly a blessing in disguise, indulging us in the pleasures and delicacies of chocolate while secretly helping us preserving our mental health and maintaining the cardiovascular systems. Our product, which is MISMIS Extra cool mint natural toothpaste comes with all the poly-phenol cocoa goodness that helps not only in defending your oral health but also giving you other benefits of cocoa, truly this a 2-in-1 deal! Here at MISMIS, we have thought the best for our consumers and thus we have combined two powerhouse plants in the world – mint and cocoa – in one single MISMIS toothpaste! Visit our website www.mismis.com.my for more information on our product.