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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Sunflower Oil Nutrients and Benefits

Have you ever tried the real Sunflower Oil? Have you ever smelled it? Have you ever seen the color of the real genuine 100% pure Sunflower Oil? It is amazing. Last time I tried that kind of Sunflower Oil was in Ukraine when I was about twelve years old. Me and my dad got the seeds from sunflowers and went to some place where they squeeze out the oil for you out of your seeds. When we got out of there and went home, we actually took some fresh bread and dipped it in that oil and ate it. And I think we used some salt, but I’m not sure. I will never forget that taste, the best of the best. I have been looking in stores for anything similar to it and I couldn’t find anything even close to that oil in any typical or organic stores. I tried a few of the ones we bought and still nothing was what I am looking for. But then we realized that Russian Grocery stores in America sell sunflower oils. So we started trying out different brands. All of the brands were still too far away from the real color, taste and smell, except for one sunflower oil brand called Kubanochka Unrefined Sunflower Oil, in Russian it is Кубаночка™. Yep, believe it or not, I finally found a brand in Sunflower oil that is actually reminds me of my childhood memories about the Real, Genuine, Fresh, and Tasty Sunflower Oil. The Real sunflower oil is really good for our health, if you enjoy it in the right amounts, just don’t overdose on it because of the Omega Fatty Acids and Vitamin E. The Nutrients in about 100 grams of Sunflower Oil are:
- Vitamin E (Extreme Amount)
- Vitamin K
- Calories (Good amount)
- Natural Fats (Extreme amount)
- Omega 3 Fatty Acids (Linolenic)
- Omega 6 Fatty Acids (Linoleic)
- Omega 9 Fatty Acids (Oleic)

Like I said before if you use just the right amount of Sunflower Oil in your foods, then you could enjoy these benefits and not overdose and get sick later:
- Protects skin from ultraviolet light
- Protects from free radicals
- Improves cell function
- May prevent from Prostate cancer
- Helps protect from Alzheimer’s disease
- Improves digestive system function
- Prevents tingling under skin
- Improves sensation under skin
- Reduces Gallbladder problems
- Reduces Liver issues
- Improves blood clotting
- Improves wound healing
- Reduces risk of CAD, Coronary Artery Disease
- Reduces bleeding
- Improves kidney function
- Improves bone growth
- May protect from osteoporosis
- Improves skin growth
- Improves hair growth
- Regulates Metabolism
- Maintains Reproductive Capability
- Improves brain function
- Improves brain growth