Anandamide // A Brain Boost That Fights Cancer
Aptly named after Ananda, the Sanskrit word for “joy, bliss or happiness”, anandamide is a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the brain. In addition to a mood boost, anandamide has been found to synthesize areas of the brain that are vital to memory, motivation higher thought processes and movement control. It also plays a pivotal role in pain, appetite and fertility. Oh, and it fights cancer.
By increasing neurogenesis, the formation of nerve cells, anandamide exhibits both anti-anxiety and anti-depressant properties. However, like all neurotransmitters, it’s fragile and breaks down very quickly in the body.
Cacao to the rescue! Aside from contributing to the increase in the levels of anandamide, cacao contains two other chemicals (N-aclyethanolmines) that work to slow the breakdown of the natural compound, ultimately extending anandamide’s amazing benefits.