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My love for Cacao

The only thing that satisfies my craving for chocolate is pure raw cacao, yes I mean the ceremonial one.

If I even just attempt to reach for a normal chocolate in the hope that this will satisfy my cravings I am quickly reminder that it doesn’t 🙈.

When I’m craving chocolate I know my body is needing something, and now I can safely say that I am satisfy that need with only the best ingredient.

Raw cocoa from the cacao bean 🫘 - is one of the most nutrient-rich and complex foods discovered. These are all lost during commercial chocolate production.

Raw cacao contains large amounts of iron, zinc, copper and omega-6 fatty acids. It is the best source of magnesium, strengthens the heart, is full of antioxidants, supplies our body with important vital substances.

The most important ingredients are:

ANTIOXIDANTS – Cocoa has one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants: more than red wine, green tea, pomegranate, açai berry and goji berry combined! Antioxidants protect us from age-related deficiencies and diseases and shield our DNA from damage caused by free radicals.

MAGNESIUM – Cocoa is the most important source of magnesium in all foods. Magnesium supports the heart, increases brain performance, ensures healthy bone growth and improves blood counts. Studies have shown that a chronic deficiency of magnesium is not only associated with cardiovascular problems, but also increases the likelihood of heart attacks. The cocoa bean is also an important part of a heart-friendly diet due to its theobromine content.

TRACE ELEMENTS – Cocoa is particularly rich in iron, zinc, copper, manganese and chromium.

PHENYLETHYLAMINE (PEA) - a chemical messenger that is found in large quantities in cocoa - and in our own bodies when we are in love! This fact may be the main reason why chocolate and love have such a close relationship.

The high proportion of PEA in raw cocoa beans makes us relax, feel good and happy. In addition, PEA in combination with magnesium has an appetite-suppressing effect, which makes cocoa a very useful dietary food.

ANANDAMID - is a endogenous endorphin that binds to the same receptors in the brain as THC from the cannabis plant and has so far only been found in a single plant: cocoa. Anandamide is released into our body whenever we feel great. (“Ananda” – Sanskrit: “bliss”) If we consume anandamide through cocoa beans, the body’s own anandamide lasts longer; that means we feel good for longer.

TRYPTOPHAN – Cocoa also contains a notable amount of the essential amino acid tryptophan, a powerful mood-enhancing nutrient. Tryptophan is important for the body's production of serotonin, our most important neurotransmitter. An increased serontonin content in the body reduces feelings of anxiety and literally improves our “stress defense shield”. When serotonin levels in the body are high, we feel great - even if the world is ending. However, if the serotonin level is too low, this leads to mood swings, low mood and depression in the long term.

Need I say more! Not only is this a be of a kind superfood, one I usually have daily during my menstrual cycle but one that I enjoy as and when my body asks for it.

For those who know me I also offer Cacao ceremonies mostly hosted with my blessed sister in all things cacao and spiritual Nicole Natalie Pernecker. These cacao ceremonies are definitely one of a kind, heart opening and expansive on all levels of your being, mind, body soul.

If your interested in some time for you to replenish, rejuvenate, restore, open your heart and spend time with yourself and like minded pieple then join me for my upcoming retreat "Zeit für Dich"

Look forward to sharing more soon!

Lovme Nicole 💜

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