Chocolate is actually a powerful herb used for thousands of years as a healing agent

Chocolate is actually a powerful herb used for thousands of years as a healing agent

As this news shows, cocoa contains a powerful mixture of health-enhancing antioxidants. Most people don''t know it, but cocoa is a rainforest herb. Technically known as Theobroma Cacao, the cocoa bean has been used for thousands of years by indigenous tribes in South and Central America. Cacao is used to combat parasites, to counteract the effects of snakebites, and as a general antiseptic. It''s a whole lot more than just candy. To read more about the history of this plant, visit the cacao page at RainTree Nutrition, one of my most highly recommended online sources for information about rainforest herbs and medicinal plants. What''s interesting about this article is that Western researchers are beginning to recognize the powerful healing properties of this gift from nature. What Western science has yet to widely acknowledge, however, is the fact that chocolate also contains psychoactive compounds that create genuine chemical addictions while substantially altering the mood of those who eat it. When people say they''re addicted to chocolate, they are, in fact, correct. Let''s hope the FDA doesn''t declare chocolate a drug and try to regulate it.

  • There''s sweet news about hot cocoa: Researchers at Cornell University have shown that the popular winter beverage contains more antioxidants per cup than a similar serving of red wine or tea and may be a healthier choice.
  • Their study, which they say is the most complete comparison to date of the total antioxidant content of these three popular beverages, will appear in the Dec. 3 issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Chemical Society, the world''s largest scientific society.
  • Using special analytical techniques to evaluate the total antioxidant content in each beverage, the researchers showed that, on a per serving basis, the antioxidant concentration in cocoa was the highest: It was almost 2 times stronger than red wine, 2-3 times stronger than green tea, and 4-5 times stronger than that of black tea.

Source: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2003/11/031106051159.htm

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