Cacao Fruit Benefits
The scientific name for cacao fruit is Theobroma, literally translated as ‘food of the gods’ because of its ability to energize happiness by those who eat it. It’s that ‘feel-good’ experience you get by eating chocolate that comes from the cocoa beans. But studies have shown that it's not just limited to the cocoa beans and Theobromine is abundant in the entire cacao fruit!
What’s more, cacao fruit is rich in antioxidants and very powerful anti-inflammatory properties, as well as nutritious vitamins and minerals. In fact, according to a recent 2015 study conducted by Brunswick Labs, scientists found that cacao fruit pulp, "abounds with proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects.” Moreover, when compared to Curcumin (the active ingredient of Turmeric), they found that cacao fruit puree exhibited 6 - 8 times greater values with higher antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Brunswick labs went on further to state, "The outlined pioneering testing results indicate that cacao fruit pulp abounds in functional constituents, which are responsible for its proven antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects." The entire study can be found at: http://www.brunswicklabs.com/ingredient-corner/cacao-fruit-functional-analysis.
But what does this really mean? Brunswick Labs Certified for ORAC 5.0 (Oxygen Radical Absorption Capacity), gives cacao fruit their highest value rating available for antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that is known:
- to help blood vessels dilate, thereby carrying more oxygen to the brain and heart and increase performance.
- to protect cells from aging
Add to this that cacao fruit contains Theobromine, Vitamin B6, Thiamin, Magnesium, flavonoids, and other phytonutrients, in addition to other vitamins, minerals and fibers and it’s easy to see why the cacao fruit was considered the ‘food of the gods’ and a superfood of the superfoods!