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8/8/17 — cacao

Antidote to Depression?

Cacao

 

Fun Fact:  The scientific name of the chocolate plant is theobroma.  The name translates to “food of the gods.”

Fun Fact II:  Chocolate originated in Mesoamerican civilizations.  The Maya society was the first to create chocolate.

Fun Fact III:  Maya couples drank hot chocolate on occasions of engagement and marriage because of its aphrodisiac properties.

 

Magnesium:

  • Cacao is a major source of magnesium.
  • Magnesium is a cofactor in more than 300 reactions in the body.

 

What does magnesium do in the body?

  • DNA replication and repair
  • controlling inflammation
  • detoxification
  • vitamin D synthesis

 

The following conditions can be helped by having magnesium:

  • diabetes
  • heart attacks
  • high blood pressure
  • kidney stones
  • cancer
  • insomnia
  • menstrual cramping
  • blood clotting
  • free radical damage
  • inflammation

 

Other sources of magnesium:

  • leafy green vegetables
    • spinach
    • kale
    • collard greens
    • bok choy
    • Swiss Chard
  • nuts and seeds
    • pumpkin seeds
    • cashews
    • almonds
    • sunflower seeds
  • beans
  • avocados

 

Studies:

  • 89% people taking magnesium (mean age of 52) for 6 weeks showed clinically significant improvement in measures of depression and anxiety symptoms.
  • improvements in anxiety and sleep within 1 week

 

Hot Tips:

  • Don’t eat the raw cacao powder right before bed because it’s powerful.
  • cocoa recipe: mix hot almond milk, cacao, vanilla extract, cinnamon, maple syrup, 1 tsp. coconut oil
  • The Maya hot chocolate recipe is in one of the links below.

 

Tomorrow:

Eat ginger to help with migraines, and more!

 

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