Anti Aging Cocoa
|Anti aging cocoa has definitely converted me from being a confirmed ‘milk chocolate’ chocoholic to someone who prefers dark chocolate, and I didn’t think anything on this earth would convince me to stop eating milk chocolate.
Since an early age I have loved the smooth, velvety taste of chocolate melting on my tongue so discovering that cocoa and dark chocolate are actually good for you and have
anti aging properties as well was nothing short of a miracle to me.
Recent revelations about dark chocolate and anti aging cocoa prompted my naturally inquisitive mind to explore the
anti aging possibilities and I have found that you can eat it, drink it and massage it into your skin as an
anti aging cream, lotion or oil.
For chocolate lovers the world over, discovering that cocoa and dark chocolate can actually slow down the aging process and help to prevent the onset of age related diseases must surly be music to your ears. Have we at last found the elusive chocolate Fountain of Youth?
Anti aging cocoa is packed full of antioxidants and Phytochemicals known as Flavanols which help to protect your skin and increase blood flow, this makes your skin look more refreshed and smooth.
Cocoa also helps to prevent clotting by making blood platelets less sticky and it also has a positive effect on bad cholesterol, helps muscles recover from exercise, improves skin, provides antioxidants and even gives us a thrill that rivals a passionate kiss. The antioxidant effect of cocoa also helps to reduce inflammation which in most cases is believed to be the root cause of many age related diseases.
Phytochemicals in cocoa, known as flavanols, are also present in chocolate, fruits and vegetables and can boost the levels of nitric oxide in the blood of smokers and reverse some of the smoking-related damage to blood vessel function and ward off artery hardening.
So the good news is, as anti aging foods, cocoa and chocolate may contribute to a healthy, well-balanced diet if used in moderation. And that is the key. Don’t forget the high calorie content and limit yourself to 30 calories a day. Apparently you only need a small daily amount to gain anti aging and health benefits.
For example, a 1.4-ounce milk chocolate bar contains more than 300 milligrams of polyphenols; dark chocolate has more than double that (which is more than a glass of red wine) and cocoa powder has four times that.
Hot cocoa made as a drink with 100% cocoa solids will deliver a maximum dose of valuable antioxidants. It’s best made without milk because apparently milk inhibits the body’s ability to absorb the antioxidants properly.
Recently, British researchers reported finding that some people even get more of a buzz from eating dark chocolate than from a passionate kiss!
"The researchers put electrodes on young couples in their 20s and tested their heart rate and brain activity while eating dark chocolate and then while kissing their sweeties," says Largeman-Roth.
"Surprisingly, heart rate and brain activity both increased far more with the chocolate than with the kissing. And actually, all areas of the brain were stimulated when the chocolate melted on their tongues. Kissing did increase the heart rate, but not for as long."
As far as I’m concerned that’s another good reason for switching to dark chocolate.
Anti Aging Cocoa Butter
Cocoa butter is an excellent anti aging moisturizer and its mild chocolate aroma smells divine.
Cocoa butter is a natural edible vegetable fat, which comes from the cacao bean. The cocoa butter is extracted and used to make many toiletries.
During processing of the cacao bean, cocoa solids and cocoa butter are separated out at an early stage. The two are recombined in the manufacture of regular (brown) chocolate bars. White chocolate contains cocoa butter but not cocoa powder so therefore does not contain any of the
anti aging antioxidants or health benefits of dark chocolate and cocoa.
Cocoa butter has been found extremely helpful in preventing stretch marks. For this reason there are many proprietary creams for stretch marks that contain cocoa butter.
Because it has a low melting point but remains solid at room temperature, cocoa butter melts immediately into the stretch mark when applied to the skin. Pregnant women have long used cocoa butter formulations to prevent and treat stretch marks, but this pleasant-smelling substance is also added to countless other topical preparations.
Lotions and oils containing cocoa butter are often used in aromatherapy massages to promote feelings of relaxation and well-being. Recent research indicates that massaging the skin with cocoa butter may help relieve stress, boost the immune system, and even help to prevent cancer.
Anti Aging Cocoa Products
Try these anti aging creams, lotions and oils made with cocoa butter and feel the difference cocoa butter makes to your
Cocoa Butter Products
Just imagine, without guilt, you can now put a dark, shiny chunk of chocolate in your mouth. Then, close your eyes and enjoy the luxurious sensation of melting chocolate as it oozes over your tongue and fills your mouth with a smooth, velvety, dark liquid. Breathe in deeply and allow the sensuous aromas to fill your head, and then surrender your senses to the exquisite enjoyment of pure self indulgence. Dark chocolate is good for you, so let it weave its mysterious black magic for you and celebrate anti aging cocoa.
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