Spotlight on superfood: heavenly cocoa powder

It's a truth universally acknowledged that cutting chocolate can be one of the most challenging parts of overhauling your diet. So you’ll be pleased to hear there are actually plenty of cocoa powder benefits.

Here’s how this heavenly powder can help you look, feel and even think better.

For wellbeing

Studies have shown that incorporating cocoa into your diet can help improve cardiovascular function. Flavanol found in cocoa has been proven to improve the elasticity and health of blood cells, improving circulation and lowering blood pressure.

Cocoa also offers lots of vital vitamins, making it a powerful antioxidant. So getting cocoa into your daily diet can help protect your body from free radicals and illness. And it can be used to stimulate digestive enzymes to promote healthy digestion.

For weight loss

Cocoa powder is a great tool for helping you to lose weight. It’s high in magnesium, which kick-starts your metabolism and regulates blood sugar levels. Magnesium is also an energy provider, making cocoa a great substitute for sugary snacks when you start to flag. Raw cacao is naturally low in calories and stimulates serotonin that can help suppress your appetite too – meaning you eat less at meal times.

For mental health

Research has found that cocoa is a natural mood enhancer. It contains PEA, which stimulates the nervous system and triggers the release of endorphins, making you feel gloriously happy. The serotonin levels in the powder also boost help control mood swings and calm hormones. It's thought of as an aphrodisiac too.

For beauty

As well as giving you a boost on the inside, cocoa has a wealth of beauty benefits. Consumed raw, the powder has a high sulphur count, which helps make your hair shine and your nails grow stronger. According to a 2006 study by the American Society for Nutrition, cocoa can also improve the condition of your skin and give you a serene glow. Add a spoonful to your morning coffee or smoothie to give your beauty regime a kick. 

For a simple way to get the power of cocoa into your diet, try our Boost Me supplement. It’s packed full of other superfoods like brown rice and berries for an extra burst of protein and antioxidants that'll have you feeling like your best self.