Antioxidants: Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any other food tested so far, including blueberries, green tea, etc. The health benefits of these antioxidants promote cardiovascular health and help repair damage caused by free radicals.
Neurotransmitters: Raw cacao increases the levels of specific neurotransmitters in brain chemistry that helps us feel good:
Serotonin- serotonin levels are raised, which acts as an anti-depressant
Endorphins- cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins (which give us the pleasurable feelings from exercise, sex, drugs, etc.).
Phenylthylamine- found in cacao, phenylthylamine is also created when when we are in love, and acts as a mood elevator and increases focus and alertness
Anandamide- anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” and cacao contains both acylethanolamines, believed to increase the levels of anandamine
Roasting cacao degrades the above benefits!!!