Beneficios del Cacao

Benefits of Cocoa

Cacao is a tropical fruit whose scientific name is Theobroma Cacao. This superfood in the form of powder and nibs Valle Andino contains multiple proven benefits that will be mentioned below:

  • They suppress the development of atherosclerotic lesions (formation of fatty plaque or inflammatory cells in the arteries due to obesity, sedentary lifestyle or high blood pressure). Review in (Kurosawa et al, 2005. Suppressive effect of cocoa powder on atherosclerosis).
  • Reduces defects in platelet functions that are necessary for coagulation. Review in (Murphy et al, 2003. Dietary flavonols and procyanidin oligomers from cocoa inhibit platelet function).
  • They inhibit the proliferation of human breast cancer cells. Review in (Ramljak et al, 2005. Pentameric procyanidin from Theobroma cacao selectively inhibits growth of human breast cancer cells).
  • It exerts hypoglycemic property, which is the ability to level the concentration of sugar in the blood, ideal for the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Review it in (Tomaru et al, 2007. Dietary supplementation with cocoa liquor proanthocyanidins prevents elevation of blood glucose levels in diabetic obese mice).
  • A recent study showed that cocoa flavonoids can improve vascular function in hemodialysis patients. “Cocoa flavonoids are notably beneficial for the endothelium of these patients,” they stated. Compiled from (Renal and Urology News, 2016. Cocoa Flavanols Benefit HD Patients).

All these benefits and health properties of cocoa are mainly due to its flavonoid and procyanidin compounds. Thanks to these components, this product is also a great source of natural antioxidants.

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