What is Ceremonial Raw Cacao?
Cacao is a bean contained in the colorful pods of the Theobroma Cacao tree, coming from Central and South America.
There are three main varieties of cocoa plants : Forastero, Trinitario and Criollo. 80 to 90% of the co-coa’s world production (conventional chocolate, and cacao powder….) comes from the Forastero variety.
The Criollo cacao is more rare and considered as a delicacy. Ceremonial Cacao comes from this variety, and it is richer in Theobromine (its main active ingredient).
But, it also requires other specificities to be called ceremonial grade : it has to be grown, sundried, fermented and prepared in a way that will preserve all its qualities.
This means we are talking about a fair-trade Cacao, produced by small farmers, grown in a loving, ethical and respectful way for Mother Earth, for the plant, for the land and the people who work.
Ceremonial grade Cacao is processed to the minimum, from the bean to the paste.
It is 100% pure natural Cacao...
Cacao : a fine line between food and medicine
Cacao beans are reported to be a fountain of life energy. It contains more than 300 compounds.
They have the highest source of antioxidant on Earth, it is full packed with magnesium, chromium, manganese, calcium, zinc, copper, iron, potassium, as well as vitamin C, E, B1, B2, B3, B5 and B9, omega-6 fatty acids, chemical compounds, and the list goes on…
They also have many allies like fungis, spirulina and other superfoods or plants, and they potentiate each other.
Cacao is known to have cardiovascular health benefits as it contains flavanols and increase blood flow to the heart and to the brain, creating more focus and awareness.
Cacao is also lowering high blood pressure, and helps treating high cholesterol, heart disease, chronic
fatigue syndrome... It stimulates the liver and supports in detoxifying our body.
The main active ingredient in Cacao is Theobromine, which is a slight cardiac stimulant (but has no
incidence on the nervous system to compare with coffee).
Cacao also contains anandamide, also known as ‘bliss molecule’. This molecule is considered as an endo- cannabinoid which fits with the cannabis receptors sites of the cells in the nervous system, and works as a mood elevator. But this is not the end : consuming Cacao will trigger the release of dopamine which is responsible for feeling pleasure.
It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, precursor to ‘happiness hor- mone’ also known as serotonin; it also contains oxytocin, the ‘bonding hormone’ and phenylethylamine (PEA), known as the ‘love hormone’.
This is what makes you feel so good and secure and happy when you drink a cup of Cacao.