Cocoa – Cacao Nutrients and Benefits

Cocoa beans are sometimes called Cacao Beans, Cocoa, Cacao, or Theobroma cacao. Anyway, these beans come from the inside of the Cacao pod like the one you see on the picture. The Cocoa beans are white, or pink, or lavender when they are still fresh, but then after the drying process they become dark or brown in color. There are also very rare cases when cocoa beans stay white even after the drying process. Just to let you know from the start that the Cocoa or Cacao beans are NOT the beans used to make coffee, because some people including me :) thought so. Cocoa beans are sometimes used to include with coffee products, but the real chocolate is out of Cocoa beans. People around the world make chocolate, hot chocolate, cocoa powder, chocolate sweets, soaps, cosmetics, and cocoa butter out of the Cocoa Beans. Cocoa beans don’t taste very good, so in the factories they add some sugar or milk or both just to make it taste better, but at the same time that is what decreases the benefits of the real Cocoa bean. So, remember that the darker chocolate is healthier but at the same time it is NOT as sweet as the light brown, sweet, and milky chocolates. Also, make sure that you don’t overdose on chocolate, because it will lead to bigger health problems instead of health benefits. The Nutrients in a cup (86 grams) of Dry, Powdered, and Unsweetened Cocoa are:
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B6, Pyridoxine
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin K
– Protein (good amount)
– Calcium
– Iron (large amount)
– Magnesium (extreme amount)
– Phosphorus (large amount)
– Potassium (good amount)
– Sodium
– Zinc (good amount)
– Copper (extreme amount)
– Manganese (extreme amount)
– Selenium
– Caffeine
– Theobromine
– Omega 6 Fatty Acids
– Natural Fats
– Dietary Fiber (extreme amount)
– Carbohydrates
– Natural Sugars
– Calories

The Benefits that could possibly be expected from these Nutrients of Cocoa are:
– Improves Oxygen distribution
– Improves Immune System
– Provides Healthy energy
– Reduces fatigue
– Reduces weakness
– Improves concentration ability
– Lowers chance of infections
– Supports healthy hair
– Reduces Dizziness
– Lowers chances of headaches
– Strengthens nails
– Protects from apathy
– Lowers risks of depression
– Improves nerve function
– Improves muscle function
– Reduces confusion
– Reduces irritability
– Lowers chance of heart problems
– Lowers chance of high blood pressure
– Protects from chronic diarrhea
– Improves exercise ability
– Helps prevent warts
– Helps cure from warts
– Supports cell growth
– Improves Wound Healing
– Improves smelling ability
– Improves tasting ability
– Normalizes blood sugar level
– Regulates metabolism
– Normalizes appetite
– Supports healthy growth in children
– Protects from frequent colds
– Protects from frequent infections
– Supports Healthy skin
– Supports Healthy nails
– Supports Healthy hair
– Supports enzyme production
– Reduces weight loss
– Improves healthy development
– Supports blood clotting
– Improves healthy growth
– Relaxes nerves
– Relaxes muscles
– Strengthens bones
– Builds bones
– Improves blood circulation
– Protects from muscle spasms
– Improves heart rate
– Supports healthy thyroid gland
– Protects from free radicals
– Helps protect from nausea
– Reduces vomiting
– Reduces skin rashes
– Maintains Hair color
– Normalizes Cholesterol levels
– Helps prevent hearing loss
– Supports healthy reproduction

Cocoa Dark Chocolate Candy BarAlso, if you are interested in this Cocoa Dark Chocolate Candy Bar, then just click on this image –

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Acerola Nutrients and Benefits

acerolaI really like this particular post about this particular fruit. I don’t even think that it should be called any other name then Extreme Amount of Vitamin C. The real name for this very awesome small fruit is Acerola. So far and as far as I know this cute little fruit contains the most amount of vitamin C in it then any other fruit in the world. In fact, just one whole Raw Acerola Fruit (weighs about 5 grams) contains about 133% of Daily Value per one serving, and just one cup of Raw Acerola fruits (weighs about 98 grams) contains about 2740% of Daily Value per one serving. Now, is that insane or what, no, it is awesome dudes. The only bad part about this fruit is that you don’t even hear about it in the USA and I haven’t seen it in stores. If you want to be able to get this Acerola fruits constantly then you need to be somewhere around the places where people can grow them, and that is in India, Brazil, Bahia, Peru, Mexico, Caribean, and maybe in southern Texas USA. Other names that you could hear people reffering to this fruit are like Malpighia Glabra, Barbados Cherry, West Indian Cherry, and Wild Crapemyrtle. People say that Acerola tastes sweet and at the same time sour too. Sometimes you could get a nice sweet one, but the ones that taste more sour it leave your mouth with a more tarty taste. The Size of Acerola fruit is about the size of a nice large Cherry. The Acerola fruit or berry (some people refer to it as a berry) grows on a small tree or a fruit shrub. Here is the full list of Nutrients in about a cup of Raw Acerola Fruits:
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, Thiamin
– Vitamin B2, Riboflavin
– Vitamin B3, Niacin
– Vitamin B5, Pantothenic Acid
– Vitamin B9, Folate
– Vitamin C (EXTREME amount)
– Calcium
– Iron
– Magnesium
– Phosphorus
– Potassium
– Zinc
– Copper
– Selenium
– Protein
– Calories
– Carbohydrates
– Dietary Fiber
– Natural Fats

The List of benefits is not too big because only Vitamin C is extremely high in this Acerola Fruit and the rest of the nutrients are in extremely low amounts, but either way here is the list of benefits for Acerola Fruit:
– Improves Healing of Wounds
– Protects from Frequent Colds
– Protects from Frequent Infections
– Lowers chance of Lung Problems
– Protects from Free Radicals
– Reduces Chances of Many Cancers
– Improves Eyesight
– Fights Viral infections
– Reduces Chances of Vision Loss
– Reduces Chances of Constipation
– Improves Blood circulation
– Supports Bone health
– Relaxes Nerves
– Relaxes Muscles
– Supports Normal Function of Thyroid Gland
– Improves Cholesterol Levels