The cacao beans have been prized for its scrumptious flavor and unmatched health benefits since the ancient times. Prepared from finely roasted raw cacao beans, cacao powder proves to be the most natural form of chocolate, the purest of all.
Andean Star organic cacao powder is prepared from expressly-picked, high-flavanol cacao beans. We handpick our beans from the growers in Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameron, and Ghana. Each West African country has its very individual climatic essence – and we want them all for our users.
Cacao beans are exceptionally rich in flavanols, which is a plant-based antioxidant and provides a wealth of health benefits. Also, cacao powder is a natural source of fiber (which supports healthy gut), protein (which supports muscle growth and its maintenance), potassium (important for neurological and muscular function), magnesium (required to boost healthy psychological and energy metabolism function), many natural compounds that help reduce anxiety while lifting out moods and finally antioxidants that support younger, radiant-looking skin.
In this blog, we will explore the unmatched beauty and health benefits of Andean Star Organic Cacao Powder:
We don’t think about our heart and blood flow when it comes to charting out a plan for a healthy lifestyle and diet. However, a healthy blood flow is a key to having a healthy function of each organ and their respective processes.
Andean Star Organic Cacao Powder contains flavanols, which have been scientifically proven to help maintain blood vessels’ elasticity while supporting a healthy blood flow. Cacao flavanols typically contribute to:
- Cardiovascular health
- Healthy blood circulation
- Elasticity of arteries
Andean Star Organic Cacao Powder is a smart way to get your flavanol. Make it a part of your daily diet and help yourself nurture a healthy heart at all times.
Reduces fatigue and tiredness
A study conducted by Oxford Brookes Center for Nutrition and Health shows that high flavanol content in Cacao helps ease fatigue in patients of multiple sclerosis. More than 100,000 people experience MS at some point in life and 9 out of 10 people suffer from weariness/exhaustion.
More researchers have also tested the usefulness of flavanol-dense cacao powder on adult patients, who had drunk a cup of hot chocolate every day for five weeks. Partakers have been given either flavanol-dense hot chocolate prepared with cacao powder or the low flavanol version. They have been seen overcoming their respective conditions quite gently.
Cacao powder is composed of 33% fiber that is known to stimulate our body’s digestive enzymes, and also help with the absorption of nutrients, improving gut health, bowel regularity and digestive function. Fiber can also aid in your weight management as it will keep you feel fuller for longer.
Fitness and muscle growth
Cells in our body contain protein, which means it is important to eat daily to repair those cells and help them support the growth and maintenance of our muscle mass. Cacao powder is composed of 23% of natural protein – ideal for those looking to increase their protein intake. Cacao powder is as well a brilliant source of magnesium and potassium with a single serving delivering 15% and 26% NRV respectively. Studies show that potassium supports standard muscle function.
Another study showed that consuming dark chocolate helps reduce anxiety and also have a positive effect on our mood by relieving symptoms of depression. The research further went to compare chocolate eating with depressive symptoms in more than 12,000 adult Americans. People who consumed dark chocolate in the past 24 hours were shown to feel 70% less depressive.
Cacao powder contains potassium and magnesium which are essential for neurological and psychological function. A single serving of our Andean Star Organic Cacao Powder will provide you 26% of magnesium NRV and 15% of potassium NRV. We recommend you add it to your routine diet and it will help you fight stress, relax, and also maintain a sense of peace and calm.
Improved cognitive function
The flavonoids in cacao powder and chocolate are shown to have a positive impact on our brain. It helps improve multiple cognitive and visual tasks. It’s a result of efficient blood flow into our nerve tissues that further control and regulate our bodily activity and functions.
Cacao powder is naturally rich in skin-nourishing antioxidants.
It has an ORAC value of 97,428 Umol TE per 100g, which means cacao has:
- 4x the antioxidants of goji berries
- 15x antioxidants of blueberries
- 80x the antioxidants of green tea
Antioxidants neutralize the destructive effects of free radicals on our skin as they boost the collagen production and enhance cellular healing by counteracting the signs of aging.
In another independent study, people who consumed high flavanol cacao powder for six weeks had experienced improved skin hydration by 21%.
Having well-hydrated skin means better protection against external influences and it also ensures a healthy, smooth, and glowing appearance.
If you’re still wondering whether or not should you try, we recommend you try it for four weeks.