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Cocoa has many benefits for your health, one of which is to reduce the risk of cancer


The health benefits of cocoa are endless, as it is full of antioxidants, minerals, and even some "good" fiber and fats, minerals such as potassium, magnesium and copper, and it also provides vitamin D, an essential nutrient that supports calcium absorption. The shape magazine.


Cocoa benefits

 

The health benefits of cocoa include the following:


It reduces the risk of cancer


Cocoa beans are packed with antioxidants, which inhibit free radical activity, and this is essential because high levels of free radicals can lead to cell damage and oxidative stress, which is a major factor in the development of chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.


Cocoa contains "antioxidants such as epicatechin, catechin, and procyanidin," which belong to a group of plant compounds called polyphenols.


Cancer laboratory studies indicate that these compounds have beneficial effects against cancer. For example, a 2020 laboratory study found that epicatechin can destroy breast cancer cells.


 Another study found that cocoa procyanidin can kill ovarian cancer cells.


Reduces inflammation


The antioxidants in cocoa beans can also help control inflammation, according to an article in Pain and Therapy because oxidative stress can contribute to chronic inflammation, which increases the risk of diseases like type 2 diabetes and heart disease.


Moreover, these antioxidants can also reduce the production of inflammatory proteins called cytokines, which reduces the risk of developing inflammation in the beginning.


It improves the health of the gut


According to an article published in Nutrients, the polyphenols in cocoa beans "nourish" the good bacteria in your gut, helping them grow and thrive, which in turn can help you avoid both temporary and chronic digestive problems.

 At the same time, polyphenols may also work against bad bacteria by preventing their reproduction.Together, these effects help maintain the microbial balance in the gut, which is essential to support basic functions like immunity and metabolism.


Supports heart health

The antioxidants in cocoa beans release nitric oxide, which promotes the expansion of blood vessels, in turn, blood can flow more easily, which helps lower high blood pressure, which is a major risk factor for heart disease.


A 2017 study found that eating six servings of chocolate a week can reduce heart disease and stroke.


Control of blood sugar


Cocoa contains some fiber, which slows down the absorption of carbohydrates, thus stabilizing your blood sugar levels and providing you with a more steady flow of energy throughout the day.


For example, just one tablespoon of cocoa nibs provides about 2 grams of this fiber, roughly the same amount of fiber as one medium banana (3 grams), according to the USDA.


The more control and stability of blood sugar levels (due to the fiber and antioxidants present in cocoa in this case), the lower the risk of developing diabetes.


It enhances the cognitive function of the brain


Cocoa beans are one of the richest sources of theobromine, a compound that stimulates the central nervous system, according to an article published in the British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology (BJCP).

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