Cacao is a very strong plant medicine with lots of benefits for people. It can be used as a tool to release emotional blockages, open our hearts and connect with ourselves. Cacao has been used as a medicine for thousands of years in cultures like Mayans and Aztecs and the new age practitioners embrace these benefits by following the traditions of cacao ceremonies as well. Cacao ceremonies are a kind of shamanic healing used for spiritual and medicinal purposes for “inner awakening and creative guidance”. Pure cacao is used for this sacred ritual where people set their intentions and open euphoric states when they consume the ceremonial cacao. Usually, groups pray, sing and dance together in these ceremonies.
It is important to clarify that cacao and cocoa are two different terms but they are commonly confused. Cocoa powder refers to the roasted form of raw cacao which you can easily find in stores. When you roast and/or process cacao, molecular structures dramatically change and nutritional value lowers radically. Cacao on the other hand is that raw form.
Theobroma is “the name of the genus of the cacao tree”. It is a combination of the Greek word theo which means god and broma which means food, so it is the food of the gods. Theobroma cacao contains theobromine which is a bitter alkaloid found in the cacao plant. Theobromine is similar to caffeine but while caffeine stimulates the nervous system, theobromine operates on the cardiovascular system by opening up blood vessels. Some of the physical benefits of theobroma cacao include reduced inflammation, boosting a healthy respiratory system and a healthy heart, and increasing energy.
Theobroma Chocolate contains: protein; fibre; heart-healthy fat (oleic acid); vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B9, E; fundamental minerals including magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, iron, copper, potassium, and manganese.
Aside from these benefits for the body, you can use cacao for facilitating a healthy spiritual and mental life. Here are some of the benefits you can experience with theobroma cacao:
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Teobromin nedir ve insanlar üzerindeki etkisi nedir? Food. (n.d.)
What is a Cacao Ceremony? Ritual Cacao. (n.d.).