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The Health Benefits of Chocolate

Many of us have a love affair with chocolate. The thought of it can literally have us on our knees, leaving us with the feeling of sensual euphoria. Chocolate is not only a thick, creamy, super food, but it may also has multiple health benefits; making it the number one gift to give in preparation for Valentines day.

You might think any kind of chocolate works as a super food, but to experience maximum benefits it has to be cold pressed and unprocessed. Chocolate making is a delicate procedure and when manufacturers over process the cocoa bean it reduces the positive impact the nutrients can have on the body.

raw cocoa beansProtecting the cocoa’s natural antioxidants begins at the bean. Instead of conventional roasting, it takes time to delicately sun dry the cocoa bean. This process prevents the erosion beneficial ingredients during the cooking process. To further touch on how chocolate affects us, we’ve talked to Raiz The Bar, a raw chocolate company  based in Hong Kong.

The health benefits of chocolate, according to Raiz The Bar, is that cocoa contains heat sensitive neurotransmitters such as PEA, serotonin, dopamine, anandamide, and arginine that naturally occur in our brain.

chocolate has the ability to deliver similar euphoric feelings of falling in love

Raiz the Bar offers multiple chocolate bars that are fortified with super foods goodness.

My two favorites would be:

Energize Me

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 2.21.03 PMEnergize Me isn’t your typical chocolate bar. It’s packed with energizing nutrients such as;  Blue-green algae, spirulina, raw activated buckwheat for a crispy crunch, and protein packed chia that offers an Omega-3 brain power boost. This bar is one of my favorite post workout, or during my recovery phase snacks. I find after a long workout my energy can crash but a square of this bar gets my engines roaring again.

Love Me

Screen Shot 2016-01-05 at 2.21.27 PMPacked with Chaga mushroom to help promote longevity and maintain strong immune system. Mentally calming Chai combined with anti-inflammatory heart protector chipotle chili. I like nibbling on this one during long work hours or during meetings where I need to be calm and serene.

Chocolate for the whole body.

Various Swiss studies suggest consuming chocolate is good for us not only because of the hormone balancing effects, but also the cardiovascular benefits. When under stress the body releases the stress hormone cortisol. Cortisol is a healthy hormone that regulates the bodies reaction to stress. Too much of it can lead to adrenal fatigue which is why regulating your stress levels via super foods like chocolate can positively balance your body. Chocolate is also said to be a heart healthy food. It’s been discovered the anti oxidants found in chocolate increase the flexibility of arteries and veins.

So when thinking of that perfect gift this Valentines Day, consider raw chocolate. Experience the sensual indulgence of the chocolate itself and the health benefits as well.