The plant from which cocoa is made is named Theobroma cacao which means “the gods’ food”. The name was given by the Mayans because they really believed that the cocoa has been given by the gods. And judging by what is contained in cocoa, the gods really madeendeavours to reward us well.
The Spaniards recognized the potential of this potion at the very beginnings of their campaign in the Americas. Then, in the XIX century the Dutch chemist Conrad Johannes van Houten managed to separate the fatty part and to get powder from the rest of the plant. Then the cocoa became a hit all around the world. It provides us with many health benefits and also has many attributes.
The flavonoids are the powerful antioxidants that are contained in the cocoa. They help our body to deal with the damage caused by the free radicals. The flavonoids prevent the oxidation of the bad cholesterol (LDL) and protect us from cardiovascular diseases.
The cocoa contains caffeine. But what really wakes up after having a cup of cocoa is the theobromine, an alkaloid that stimulates the nervous system and gives the cocoa’s bitter taste.
Magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron, potassium and manganese are only some of the numerous minerals contained in the cocoa. But, the cocoa contains high amounts of magnesium, which acts anti-depressively.
Stimulator of Happiness
Cocoa contains anandamide, which is naturally produced by our body after exercising. This is why you are always happy after having a cup of cocoa.
Cocoa, Smiles and Butterflies
The best part comes from the alkaloid known as phenethylamine which is related with the so-called “Chocolate theory of love”. This substance is produced by our body when we are in love. The cocoa contains phenethylamine, which is why the love, the chocolate and this magical potion are related.
And now all you need to do is to relax and have a nice cup of cocoa with your family or friends.