Cacao has been a renowned “medicine food” for millenia. It is both highly nutritious and a mood elevator. Cacao seeds come from the fruit of the Theobroma cacao tree. The seeds are fermented, dried, and ground in an alchemy that preserves their various properties. This is a marked difference from cocoa, more commonly used to make chocolate, which uses a high heat roast and alkalinizing process that actually destroys the seeds’ beneficial properties.
Cacao is rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, zinc, copper, calcium, phosphorus, beta carotene, amino acids, and antioxidants. In the ancient Mayan culture, it has been an integral part of the diet, complementary to corn. It can be consumed as a ceremonial beverage or mixed with other foods.
Theobromine is the alkaloid compound most well known for offering cacao its euphoric properties. Scientific journals have reported the compounds effects of decreasing blood pressure, reducing inflammation, and increasing neurological activity. Anandamide, also known as the “bliss molecule”, is only found in cacao and the human brain. This compound enhances mood. Tryptophan, another compound present, alleviates symptoms of depression.
Humanity is entering a new era of technological and ecological revolutions. Communication among a global community opens doors and perspectives. Furthermore, as we connect to the ecosystem and its inherent capacity to heal itself, we become more whole ourselves. Cacao is one of the medicine foods that will allow us to elevate humanity into the heart space. Its effects on the brain and electromagnetic fields must be experienced first hand. Cacao works on the subtle levels by energetically opening the heart center allowing us to enter in a state of love and euphoria. These are strong allies in facilitating meditation, healing, creativity, group dynamics, and physical release.
We expect that in the coming age, cacao will be as common a staple in every kitchen as salt and pepper. It is one of the best natural foods for the human body to absorb.