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Cocoa bean : virtues and benefits

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Cocoa beans have been cherished for centuries, not only for their exquisite taste but also for their exceptional health advantages. In this discussion, we'll uncover why cocoa beans are hailed for their virtues

Cocoa virtues and benefits

UNSUSPECTED VIRTUES AND BENEFITS IN THE COCOA BEANS

Would you be surprised if you were told that : The cocoa bean is one of the superfoods, especially when raw as sold by Matana. A concentrate of nutriments : a high magnesium content (approx. 500 mg per 100 g of beans), an excellent source of calcium, potassium and phosphorus. Many beneficial effects for the balance of the nervous system : combats stress, anxiety and fatigue. It helps improve sleep and concentration. It is probably for these reasons that some Malagasy parents have give chocolate to their chidren on exam day. The bean contains anadamide : the molecule of happiness. This increases serotonin, a brain component of good mood. A powerful source of antioxidants from the flavonoids and polyphenols family, equivalent to more than 10% of the weight of the seed! It’s even more than green tea or even Goji berries. These antioxidants improve the defenses against free radicals which attack and destroy cells, and allow the prevention of many diseases : cholesterol, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, cancers, degeneration of neurons, arteriosclerosis, diseases of the eye and vision, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, etc.

Cocoa virtues and benefits

The cocoa bean is an excellent aphrodisiac which improves libido, thanks to phenethylamine which releases endorphins. A slimming ally : thanks to the ferulic acid it contains and which promotes weight loss. The theobromine that it contains has antitussive, diuretic, vasodilatory and above all stimulating properties. Its tonic effect is slightly amplified by the presence of a small amount of caffeine. This makes it the perfect breakfast food, as well as being a good source of energy. Its physical and intellectual stimulating effect and its effect on mood have long been recognized. Raw cocoa is, like baobab powder, a natural remedy for headaches.

Cocoa virtues and benefits
Vallée de Sambirano

WHERE DOES IT COME FROM?

In a previous article, Madagascar: the cocoa paradise, we told you about the land of Malagasy cocoa, the region of Sambirano. The Sambirano is a stream that originates in the Tsaratànana massif and flows into the sea towards Ankatafa. Located between the mountain and the sea, in the Diana region, the Sambirano Valley, thanks to its fertile land, is known for its plantations. Rice, coffee, pepper, vanilla, chilli, scent plants such as Ylang-ylang, vetiver and patchouli are grown there. But the most emblematic product of the region is cocoa, one of the best in the world.


Discover incredible images of this region on the page of Carnets Madagascar



Cocoa virtues and benefits

MATANA is a Quebec company that markets products from Madagascar. Its main objective is to make Madagascar known through its endemic and exceptional products. Matana donates part of its profits to improve the living conditions of local farmers (Malagasy).

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