What Happens To Your Body If You Drink Cocoa! I discovered the cocoa beverage from a very young age when my mother prepared it as a beverage. She made it as a drink for my brother and me when we fasted for a few days before Christmas and Easter. My grandmother always told us that cocoa could provide us with all the vitamins and nutrients that were needed for our body during fasting. The Aztecs and Mayans used to cultivate the cocoa plant, which they called “the food of the Gods” and only the wealthiest of them had to access it. Cocoa powder is made by crushing cocoa beans and is now famous for its role in the production of our favourite chocolate.
Modern research has revealed that cocoa contains excellent ingredients that can greatly benefit our diet and our health.
Cocoa was considered an aphrodisiac ingredient, and we now know from studies that it dramatically reduces oxidative stress, blood pressure, and atherosclerosis.
So, in today’s video, you’ll discover the properties and nutritional value of cocoa, how many calories it contains, and how its antioxidant benefits help prevent heart disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s disease, as well as how it improves memory. You will also find out how it can help in reducing stress and cholesterol, cope with anxiety and depression, if it has any side effects, and how you can prepare a hot cocoa drink. If, of course, you are watching a video on the Rogmes channel for the first time, sign up and tap the bell so you don’t miss any of the following videos. So, let’s see what happens to your body if you drink cocoa because it’s considered a true superfood for longevity. No1 Contains lots of vitamins and minerals Cocoa is a nutritional treasure because it contains important vitamins and minerals as well as high amounts of antioxidants. According to studies at the Cornell University School of Food Science and Technology in New York, one cup of cocoa contains twice the antioxidant effect of one glass of red wine, three times as much as one cup of green tea and five times as much as one cup of black tea.
One tablespoon of cocoa powder is 15 grams and 100 grams contain: – 227 calories
– 8 g saturated fat – 58 g carbohydrates – 33 g fibre – 20 g protein – 230 mg caffeine
– Calcium – Iron
– Vitamins D, E, B1, B2, B6, and B12 – Phosphorus
– Zinc, and – 499 mg magnesium No2 Absorbs free radicals
Although free radicals are natural compounds in our body, when produced in high quantities, they target our cells, causing damage while accelerating ageing and the onset of chronic diseases. So, consider how important it is to drink cocoa which can absorb up to 28 times more free radicals than berries. Cocoa can repair damage to our cells and reduce the harmful effects in our bodies. No3 May lower high blood pressure Flavonols in cocoa improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, enhancing blood vessel function, and thereby lowering blood pressure. No4 Reduces the risk of heart disease and stroke Flavonoids in cocoa improve the blood’s levels of nitric oxide, relax and dilate arteries and blood vessels, and improve blood flow further. It has been found in studies that it can lower “bad” cholesterol (LDL), improves blood sugar and reduces inflammation in the body. It also has great results in blood thinning, similar to our well-known aspirin. No 5 Improves mood and reduces stress Cocoa components, theobromine and caffeine, help stimulate the central nervous system, and create alertness and readiness while elevating our mood. It has striking results in helping to reduce stress and mental fatigue because the tryptophan that it contains calms the muscles while relaxing the whole body, and significantly stimulates our mental power. No6 It stimulates memory and acts against Alzheimer’s disease
Several studies have shown that cocoa-containing polyphenols can reduce the risk of neurodegenerative diseases and improve brain function. Indeed, according to a new study, a cup of cocoa at night and before bedtime can be ideal to protect our brain from ageing and helps protect it against neurodegenerative diseases, such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. No7 Improves the symptoms of depression In addition to its positive effect on age-related intellectual degeneration, cocoa has great effects on the brain, which can also improve the symptoms of depression. A study of cocoa and chocolate consumption has shown that both can reduce stress levels in pregnant women. Also, more frequent intake of cocoa is associated with a significant reduction in stress and improves the mood in babies. No8 Helps reduce Type 2 Diabetes Studies have shown that cocoa flavonols can slow down the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates in the intestine, so they improve insulin secretion and stimulate sugar uptake in the blood. A higher intake of flavonols, such as those found in cocoa, may also lower the risk of preventing Type 2 Diabetes while improving blood sugar control. No9 Helps prevent cancer According to important studies for cocoa ingredients, it has been found that its antioxidant properties protect cells from damage, fight inflammation and inhibit the growth or spread of cancer cells. A study conducted in rats showed that flavonoids and antioxidants in dark chocolate were also able to effectively reduce the growth and spread of colon cancer cells. No10 Helps with persistent coughing and asthma
Theobromine, a cocoa-containing substance, is effective against persistent coughing as it stops the action of the pulmonary gastric nerve, which is responsible for coughing. Also, studies have shown that cocoa can also be beneficial for people with asthma, because it contains anti-asthmatic compounds, such as theophylline and theobromine. Theophylline helps the lungs expand, relaxes the airways and may reduce inflammation. How can you now prepare a cocoa drink? Boil water as a mug quantity and pour 1-2 tablespoons of cocoa powder. Stir well and as it rises, lower it from the heat and drink. I drink cocoa almost every day and I never add sugar to it. However, if you can’t drink plain cocoa, you can add some brown sugar.
Although cocoa is considered a safe food for most people, high amounts of caffeine can cause nervousness, increased urination, and insomnia. It is also advisable for those who are scheduled to undergo surgery to avoid cocoa, while its caffeine may also slow down the absorption of certain drugs in the body.
If you have any health problems or are taking medication, you should talk to your doctor first before you start drinking cocoa. Do you know about all of these amazing properties of cocoa to significantly improve your nutrition and health? As always, I’d love for you to leave your comments below! Thank you so much for watching this video. You can also find me on my blog, Rogmes.gr, and below you can find links to get free Greek eBooks on healthy eating, fitness, beauty, and health. Cocoa is an important ingredient of modern cuisine and its health benefits are endless. However, be sure to use good quality cocoa powder or dark chocolate containing more than 70% cocoa.
I wish you all the best! Many kisses!