Cocoa is obtained from the seeds of the fruit of the tree of chocolate or cocoa. This evergreen plant of the family Malvaceae. It is considered the birthplace of South America, but it is now grown throughout the world in areas of the tropics and subtropics. Its seeds are widely used for the production of cocoa powder, cocoa butter, chocolate, other products, which are used in the confectionery industry, and medicine, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, perfumery.
The beneficial cocoa?
- Use cocoa consists, first of all, in, that this product, saturated many vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamins B, and iron, potassium, phosphorus, zinc, magnesium, proteins, fats, It is making it also highly nutritious. Drink traditionally made with milk, this is one of the useful factors, contributing increase hemoglobin and anti-inflammatory effect. It has long been seen, honey, added to the warm cocoa, enhances its medical properties with upper respiratory tract illnesses, throat, stomach.
- Cardiologists say, that bioactive compounds cocoa inhibit platelet agglutination, and it contained an antioxidant epicatechin helps reduce the likelihood of such scourges of modern society, how cancer, heart attack, diabetes and stroke.
- The structure is part of its mild alkaloid theobromine, which has tonic effect on the body, but in a milder degree, caffeine than coffee or tea. he carefully stimulates brain blood circulation, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, and gastric juice. A cocoa antioxidants protect the body from aging, formation of cancerous tumors.
- Very interesting is the presence of the composition of cocoa lightweight natural antidepressant phenylethylamine, as well as serotonin and tryptophan, providing on the body a positive emotional impact, uplifting.
- Besides, athletes say, that cold cocoa fine restores muscle after exercise.
- Scientists have found a direct link between the consumption of cocoa and preserving the memory in old age, as well as the, that cocoa contains a substance "kokohil", somatotrophic, it promotes rapid healing, wrinkles, promotes restoration of forces.
Contraindications and recommendations
- Cocoa drink preferably in the morning or in the afternoon, drunk on the night of drink can act excitingly, that can disrupt sleep.
- It should be noted, not overly cocoa need to get involved, and even more parties, prone to obesity, it's still a high-calorie drink.
- It is not recommended to diabetics as cocoa, atherosclerosis, diarrhea, constipated, disease of the nervous system.
- To use for its preparation must be natural cocoa powder, rather than a variety of surrogates, which include the mass of impurities, flavorings, essences. Especially such substitutes and flavorings to cocoa dangerous to children and the, who suffer allergic reactions.
- Babies should be given to cocoa 3 years old, starting with quarter teaspoon per serving, always check the, No Does your child have an allergy to cocoa.