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Cocoa as a superfood

Cocoa as a superfood

EIN WAHRES SUPERFOOD IN VIELERLEI HINSICHT

Many people know it primarily from sugar-sweet powder mixtures, which ultimately have little to do with cacao.

Betrachtet man Kakao jedoch in seiner puren, ursprĂŒnglichen Form, erkennt man, welches Potenzial sich hinter der Wunderbohne verbirgt. Ein Cocoa as a superfood in vielerlei Hinsicht. Dass er eine hervorragende Nahrung fĂŒr strapazierte Nerven und schwere Herzen ist, hast du vielleicht schon selbst erfahren. Doch das ist lĂ€ngst nicht alles – UreinwohnerInnen Zentral- und SĂŒdamerikas erkannten das immense Potenzial von Kakao bereits vor hunderten von Jahren und machten als Medizin fĂŒr mentale und körperliche Gesundheit von ihm Gebrauch.

Wenn von den gesundheitlichen Wirkungsweisen des Kakaos gesprochen wird, kommt es natĂŒrlich zunĂ€chst einmal auf die Art des Cocoa as a superfood, beziehungsweise seine Zubereitung und Form der Verarbeitung an. Dieser Artikel bezieht sich auf hochwertigen zeremoniellen Kakao in seiner puren Form – biologisch angebaut, schonend hergestellt und ohne Anreicherung von Zucker. UrsprĂŒnglich und rein, wie du ihn auch in unserem Shop erhĂ€ltst. Herkömmliche Kakaos enthalten oft große Mengen an beigemengtem Zucker, was ihn zur sĂŒĂŸen SĂŒnde macht. In natĂŒrlicher Form ist er jedoch ein reichhaltiges und sehr komplexes Lebensmittel mit rund 300 verschiedenen Inhaltsstoffen. Was genau zeremoniellen Cocoa as a superfood von konventionellem Kakao unterscheidet erfĂ€hrst du in this article..

EINE GLÜCKSELIGE BEREICHERUNG

One particularly important polyunsaturated fatty acid in cacao is anandamide. Its relaxing and mood-enhancing effects have been compared to those of cannabis. The substance also occurs naturally in the human brain and provides a pleasant feeling of home and happiness. Hence the name: 'Anandamide' is derived from the Vedic language Sanskrit from 'ananda' and means something like 'bliss'.

In addition, cacao naturally contains MAO inhibitors,which have an antidepressant effect. Monoamine oxidases (MAO) are enzymes responsible for the breakdown of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and adrenaline. While serotonin is known as a happiness hormone, dopamine and adrenaline have a stimulating effect on the body, which also has a positive effect on the state of mind in the quantities found. Thus, if the breakdown of these hormones is curbed, the feelings evoked are maintained for longer. As we age, the enzymes (MAO) become more active, so the neurotransmitters are broken down earlier and their levels decrease. This can result in depression, low mood and premature aging.

QUELLE ZAHLREICHER SEKUNDÄRER PFLANZENSTOFFE

Cacao contains numerous health-promoting and stimulating secondary plant compounds such as antioxidants, amino acids and alkaloids..

Antioxidants protect the body by reducing free radicals in the body. These would provide oxidative stress and are associated with cardiovascular disease, cancer and premature aging.

Due to the antioxidants, the arteries dilate, blood flow is promoted and the heart and circulatory system are protected. Furthermore, it has been found that cacao can lower the oxidation of LDL, the so-called 'bad cholesterol'. It is important in this context that the cacao is prepared vegan, because the addition of dairy products. inhibits the effect of antioxidants or even cancels them completely. As a possible reason for this, researchers say that from the combination of flavonoids of the cacao and the milk proteins complexes are formed, which make the absorption into the blood more difficult and thus reduce the biological availability for the body.

Particularly important antioxidants in cacao are flavonoids, a subgroup of polyphenols. In fact, cocoa contains more of these than any other food. In fact, the amount is many times greater than that found in blueberries and green tea. Flavonoids are believed to lower blood pressure, improve memory, and counteract fat storage. They are also said to be effective against inflammation.

Aufnahme der AminosÀuren

The absorption of the amino acids contained is optimally facilitated by their composition found in cacao. Some of the amino acids have a special role as neurotransmitters. These include endorphins, dopamine, tryptophan and phenylethylamine. Tryptophan, in the presence of magnesium in the body, reacts with selected vitamins to produce serotonin. This hormone of happiness can reduce anxiety and increase stress resilience. It is one of the most important hormones for the body, essential for one's well-being, and regulates the day-night rhythm so that we can sleep peacefully at night and be alert and energetic during the day.

Furthermore, the brown bean is rich in alkaloids such as caffeine and theobromine, which have a mentally stimulating effect and can also increase physical performance. The exact content of caffeine and theobromine varies depending on the variety. Caffeine is known to have a strong stimulating effect, promoting concentration and responsiveness. It also counteracts fatigue, inhibits pain, stimulates metabolism and increases blood pressure. However, theobromine is contained in significantly larger proportions than caffeine. This is an alkaloid that leads to a smoother and longer lasting energy supply. While theobromine can also lead to more mental focus and alertness, at the same time it can lower blood pressure, help bring inner peace and allow for restful sleep.

Kakao als Superfood

KAKAO ALS SUPERFOOD BIETET SOGAR EINE REICHHALTIGKEIT AN VITAMINEN

Kakao enthĂ€lt vieleVitamine des B-Komplexeswie Niacin (B3), PantothensĂ€ure (B5), Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2) und Pyridoxin (B6). Sie helfen der Regeneration und dem Aufbau von Muskeln, sind fĂŒr die Synthese von Enzymen verantwortlich und tragen zur Funktion des Nervensystems bei. Außerdem spielen sie eine wichtige Rolle fĂŒr Stoffwechselprozesse.

Other vitamins included are C and E. Vitamin E has an antioxidant effect and protects the body from so-called free radicals. Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is an essential substance for the body, which it cannot produce itself.

SOGAR AN MINERALIEN BIETET DER KAKAO AN

Weiterhin ist Kakao ein hervorragender Lieferant fĂŒr Mineralien wie Selen, Magnesium, Kalzium, Eisen, Kalium, Zink und Mangan, weshalb sich derKakao als Superfood perfekt eignet.

Cacao is considered one of THE vegetable suppliers of magnesium. Per 100g cacao contains up to 500mg magnesium. An important substance for the function of muscles and brain performance. Physical flexibility can be increased, cramps relieved and menstrual cramps prevented. In addition, the alkaline mineral is important for the remineralization of bones and supports mental well-being. Since magnesium is also important for the formation of red blood cells and energy metabolism, a deficiency often leads to fatigue, nausea, muscle cramps and, in the long term, to an increased risk of osteoporosis and anemia. Translated with www.DeepL.com/Translator (free version)

AuchKalziumist in besonders hohem Maße enthalten, etwa 160mg stecken in 100g Kakao. Kalzium ist wichtig fĂŒr die Knochenbildung, reguliert die Übertragung von Nervenimplusen sowie die Kontraktion der Muskeln und fördert ein gesundes Herz-Kreislauf-System. Insbesondere fĂŒr SportlerInnen ist auf eine genĂŒgende Kalziumzufuhr Acht zu geben, da es bei körperlicher Hochleistung in hohem Maße verbraucht wird und fĂŒr die Regeneration von großer Bedeutung ist. Besonders Frauen sollten auf eine ausreichende Kalzium Zufuhr Acht geben, da es das prĂ€menstruelle Syndrom (PMS) lindern kann und das in der Menopause erhöhte Osteoporoserisiko senkt.

Eisenist ein weiteres fĂŒr den Körper wichtiges Mineral, das in Kakao vorkommt. Mit 100g Kakao kommt man auf ganze 7,3mg. Eisen ist essentiell fĂŒr die Atmung der Zellen, den Sauerstofftransport und somit auch fĂŒr die Energiebereitstellung. Wer an Eisenmangel leidet, zeigt hĂ€ufig Symptome wie MĂŒdigkeit, Kopfschmerzen und Konzentrationsprobleme. Da Eisen optimalerweise mit Vitamin C eingenommen werden sollte, bietet Kakao eine hervorragende biologische VerfĂŒgbarkeit. Auch dieser Mineralstoff ist fĂŒr Frauen von besonderer Wichtigkeit, da durch die Periode ein erhöhter Eisenbedarf vorliegt.

IST DER KAKAO ALS SUPERFOOD EIN FETTREICHER DICKMACHER?

Nimmt man das vorgeblicheCocoa as a superfood in seiner puren, schonend verarbeiteten Form genauer unter die Lupe, fĂ€llt zunĂ€chst der große Anteil an Fett ins Auge, der rund 54% des Kakaos ausmacht. Der Grund hierfĂŒr liegt in der Besonderheit von zeremoniellem Kakao. HierfĂŒr wird die ganze Kakaobohne verwendet wird, darunter auch die wertvolle Kakaobutter. Diese ist ein sehr wertvoller Inhaltsstoff, denn in ihr befinden sich jede Menge AminosĂ€uren und Vitamine.

Mit einem großen Anteil von rund 40% sind die enthaltenen Fette einfach oder mehrfach ungesĂ€ttigt. Hierunter fallen auch die wertvollen Omega 3 und – 6 FettsĂ€uren. Diese Fette haben eine positive Wirkung auf den Cholesterinspiegel und können zu einer gesunden Herzfunktion beitragen. Außerdem sind sie gut fĂŒr stabile Nerven und wirken sich positiv auf die kognitive LeistungsfĂ€higkeit aus. Ein besonders interessanter Aspekt im Kontext der enthaltenen FettsĂ€uren: einige von ihnen haben eine appetithemmende Wirkung und regen die Fettverbrennung an. Sie sollen deshalb nicht nur das Herz-Kreislauf-System schĂŒtzen, sondern werden auch bei Abnehmwunsch empfohlen.

The same applies to the bitter substances contained, they also inhibit the appetite. They attach themselves to intestinal cells, where the body's own GLP-1 hormone is produced, which ensures a natural feeling of satiety. Cravings can also be prevented by bitter substances. Another positive effect is that these substances stimulate the production of gastric and bile juice, so that digestion is promoted. Furthermore, the elimination of bacteria and viruses from the digestive tract is favored. It also activates the pancreas, which is responsible for the production of insulin, a hormone that regulates blood sugar.

EIN BISSCHEN VERLIEBT SEIN 

Another exciting point is that theobromine helps to release endorphins. These are happiness hormones that are also emitted by people in love and provide a feeling of euphoria and bliss.

In this context, the ingredient phenylethylamine (PEA), also known as the 'love molecule', is also interesting. PEA belongs to the biogenic amines and leads to alertness and focus. Responsible for the stimulating effect is the favored release of adrenaline and noradrenaline. Thus, cacao can put us in the well-known 'flow state', where we lose ourselves in space and time and block out everything that is happening around us. Moreover, this ingredient can also induce feelings of attraction and euphoria, as we know from a state of being in love.

As you can see, cacao serves to be much more than just nerve food. With its numerous health-promoting ingredients, the natural mood booster is justifiably considered a noble superfood for body, mind, soul and heart.

Sources

Studies

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Gratton, G., Weaver, S., Burley, C. et al. (2020): Dietary flavanols improve cerebral cortical oxygenation and cognition in healthy adults.Scientific Reports 10(19409). DOI:https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-76160-9

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3rd of June, 2022

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Sacha Knoche

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