Cacao contains massive quantities of magnesium which builds strong bones and balances brain chemistry important for a natural optimistic outlook.* Cacao contains more magnesium than any other food known! This is likely the reason that women crave chocolate more during their menstrual cycle.
Of all mineral deficiencies that arise on Standard American Diet (SAD), magnesium is the the most common, with over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium!
Chocolate contains natural mild monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors). These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthing and rejuvenation.
Chocolate contains Phenylethylamine (PEA). PEA can increases focus and alertness and helps us feel connected to others.* Our brains naturally produce a small amount of PEA all the time and much greater amounts when we are in love.. This is no doubt why chocolate and love have such a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.
Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)
Cacao also contains a wonderful natural phyto-chemical called anandamide. Ananda is the Sanskrit word for BLISS and its no coincidence that our brains naturally produce anandamide when we are feeling bliss! Cacao also contains enzyme inhibitors that increase the amount of time that anandamide anandamide can stay in circulation in your body. This allows the wonderful effects of chocolate to last a longer time.
The Cacao tree grows in tropical regions around the globe and has been cultivated in Brazil, Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Central America, West Indies, Africa and South East Asia. Cacao has always been highly valued, its seeds sometimes serving as currency as they did during the Aztec period in Mexico.
Refrigeration of these cacao nibs is not required, although recommended. Cacao nibs keep well in cool, dry conditions.
** For best results consume about an ounce. (approx. 2 tbsp) or more of raw or toasted cacao per day.
Eat straight and enjoy their awesome crunch! You can add agave or panela to sweeten or even get creative and make your own raw chocolate bar or fudge. (recipies are available for free with your purchase) Our Cacao nibs are also great blended in smoothies, shakes, coffee, and tea or sprinkled on fruit. Use Cacao to make an over the top topping for ice cream and desserts. One favorite way to eat cacao is a handful of mixed raw or toasted cacao beans and goji or Golden berries. Start chewing and add a squirt of sacha inchi oil! It's easy to get hooked, talk about yummy and good for you! Its a protein, antioxidant and Omega’s superblast!