Benefits of Cocoa.

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Health benefits of cocoa include decreased inflammation, improved heart and brain health and blood sugar and weight control.

Cocoa is thought to have first been used by the Maya civilization of Central America.

It was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquerors in the 16th century and quickly became popular as a health-promoting medicine UFABET 

Cocoa powder is make by crushing beans and removing the fat or butter.

Today, cocoa is most famous for its role in chocolate production. However, modern research has revealed that it does indeed contain important compounds that can benefit your health.

Polyphenols are naturally occurring antioxidants found in foods like fruits, vegetables, tea, chocolate and wine.

They have linked to numerous health benefits. Including reduced inflammation, better blood flow, lower blood pressure and improved cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

Cocoa is one of the richest sources of polyphenols. It’s especially abundant in flavanols. Which have potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.

However, processing and heating can cause it to lose its beneficial properties. It’s also often treated with alkaline to reduce bitterness. Which results in a 60% decrease in flavanol content.

So while is a great source of polyphenols, not all products containing will provide the same benefits.