Longing for a gentler pick-me-up? Cacao naturally contains a modest amount of caffeine, as well as caffeine's gentler cousin, theobromine. They work together to provide a steadier energy without the crash.
Cacao combines the magic of flavanols and theobromine to literally open your heart and blood vessels and improve circulation. Circulation is necessary for both nourishment and detoxification of your body. Better circulation has been shown to improve focus, mood and memory, while also lowering cholesterol and blood pressure.
This so called "love drug" is why people find chocolate, and cacao, to be such a romantic, euphoric treat. It causes your pulse to quicken while also stimulating the production of endorphins, your brain's 'feel-good' hormones.
Serotonin is known to be a natural anti-depressant. One of the chemicals that causes the release of serotonin, tryptophan, happens to be found in cacao.
Popularly known as the "the bliss molecule," anandamide activates a receptor in your brain causing the release of dopamine, a hormone closely associated with pleasure and arousal. Aside from contributing to increased levels of anandamide, cacao contains two additional chemicals that work to slow its breakdown, ultimately extending this natural feeling of pleasure and elation.