Cacao butter has massive benefits when you eat it and when you apply it to your skin. You might know of it as chocolate, but cacao is a less processed form that does not use high heat, leaving the superfood qualities intact. It’s nourishing inside and out. It’s full of healthy fats, nutrients, antioxidants and helps balance mood regulating hormones.
Cacao butter is one of many ways the cacao bean can be processed. Unlike cocoa butter that is heated, cacao butter is the raw, cold pressed oil of the cacao bean that preserves more of the nutrients and enzymes. That gives cacao butter a superfood punch that makes it far superior to cocoa butter.
6 Things We Like About Cacao Butter
1) It’s a healthy fat.
This 100% vegan fat is a great addition for those who are on a plant-based diet or who are trying to get more healthy, saturated fats in their diet. Its full of fatty acids like oleic acid, palmitic acid, and stearic acid that are antioxidants that fight free radicals. These antioxidants also ensure a long shelf life.
2) Cacao butter makes us happy.
It boosts neurotransmitters and balances hormones. When you are PMS-ing, your dopamine and serotonin levels will drop. Your body doesn’t like that and knows when to call for help. That’s why you crave chocolate.
A nice cacao butter massage is another way to release that feel good hormone serotonin. Cacao is one of those amazing superfoods that is good for a woman’s hormones, inside and out. So, men, grab that cacao butter to give the woman in your life a massage. She will thank you and you will thank us.
3) Helps you age well.
It’s packed with polyphenols. These antioxidants help you age well by fighting free radicals and by reducing the appearance of aging. Your cacao butter’s polyphenols can work on the inside when you eat it or on the outside when delivered as a cacao butter lotion. Polyphenols can help with skin tone, elasticity and collagen production while making you look and feel younger.
4) Increases Immunity.
Those polyphenols also help the immune system fight free radicals and reduce inflammation. Inflammation is the key cause to the majority of illnesses. Reducing inflammation and fighting free radicals prevents illness from becoming damaging disease.
5) Get rid of stretch marks and scars.
The qualities that help us age well can also help us heal. Cacao butter is nourishing, hydrating and full of antioxidants that can help regenerate the skin.
6) Revs up the metabolism.
The good fats, hormone regulating properties and magnesium of cacao butter contribute to make it a food that will prime the pump. This food is going to help with metabolism and relieve constipation.
Cacao Butter Superfood
Cacao butter really is a superfood whether you eat it or apply it to your skin. Make sure you are getting the good stuff though. The pure, cold processed chocolate will retain more of the vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants that make this food super. Do your research or check out our favorite. If you want to learn more about the benefits of cacao check our article on chocolate– the good chocolate. Enjoy all the amazing qualities of cacao butter for you, inside and out.
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