Happy Valentine’s Day! How about a little chocolate?
Cacao, or chocolate in its purest, raw form, is actually good for your heart! The flavanols found in cacao actually support cellular and metabolic activities in the body, helping to lower blood pressure and reduce the risk of coronary artery disease, according to research conducted by UC San Francisco.
But we’re not talking everyday milk chocolate here. We’ve actually had a love affair with chocolate since its origins more than 2,000 years ago when the Mayans and Aztecs first mixed cacao beans with hot water to create hot chocolate. It was believed to contain aphrodisiac powers, quickly linking it to passion and love and the more modern Valentine’s Day.
Along with its heart healthy benefits, though, cacao has been found to put you in a more… loving mood! It contains tryptophan, which helps make serotonin, which helps regulate mood, sleep and arousal.
So this Valentine’s Day, spread the love with a little raw, natural cacao. Your body, and your partner, will thank you!