Each capsule of Cocoa Bean Extract contains a wealth of antioxidants, polyphenols and minerals extracted from the beans of cocoa
This wonderful cocoa beans (Theobroma cacao), besides the production of all those expensive chocolates, is high-quality source of antioxidants and polyphenols, which modern science claims to have the best antioxidants.
Even 12-18% dry matter extract cocoa beans contains enough polyphenols, with the main representatives of them the epicatechin and catechin.
Why take preparations containing cocoa (not chocolate)?
Technological processes of roasting, grinding and alkalizing used in the preparation of raw materials for the production of chocolate, destroying as much as 90% of flavonols and polyphenols.
Due to its bitter taste epicatechin is often removed from the usual cocoa preparations for the food industry. Only products of the whole cocoa beans contain amounts of epicatechin necessary in order to obtain health benefit.
621 antioxidants in cacao!
Studies reveal that cocoa may be the best source of antioxidants so far! It contains up to ten percent of antioxidants in relation to its weight, which is three times more antioxidants than green tea and twice more in relation to red wine. While the blueberries are often said to be a great source of antioxidants, including ordinary blueberries contains 32 different antioxidants and wild blueberries 61, cocoa contains even 621!
Among these 621 antioxidant substances, there is a substance known as epicatechin. Many professors from Harvard, believe that epicatechin should be rich in vitamins and of course, all of them use it . Previous studies have shown that epicatechin prevents diabetes, heart diseases, malignant diseases ...
How cocoa substances affect weight loss?
Interestingly, studies have shown that cocoa is just as effective as some pharmaceutical drugs for weight loss, such as orlistat.
Cocoa and its active substances have an effect on other metabolic diseases such as diabetes and are recommended for diseases of the circulatory system, it contributes to the normalization of blood biochemical parameters - sugar, cholesterol and triglycerides.
Heart and blood vessels
Cocoa contains magnesium! This is another ingredient that promotes good heart health. Magnesium increases the strength of the heart and helps it effectively pump blood, reducing the risk of blood clots, which in turn, reduces the risk of stroke and heart attack.
The goji fruit have been used for centuries in Chinese medicine to strengthen the blood, lung, kidneys and liver, restore power and energy, vertigo, diabetes, reduced visual acuity, chronic cough and for longevity.
Phytochemical variety of grown berries (L. barbarum) is amazing - polysaccharides, the whole spectrum of carotenoids, flavonoids, alkaloids, peptides, sterols, organic acids, essential oils, glycolipids, polyphenols.
Moreover berries contain all the essential amino acids, as many as 21 mineral (iron, zinc, selenium, calcium, potassium, chromium, germanium), vitamin B complex, vitamin C. Goji berries are one of the rare fruit that contains vitamin E!
It should be noted that fruits contain a whole range of carotenoids (beta-carotene, zeaxanthin, lutein, lycopene, cryptoxanthin and xanthophyll), which is rare in the plant world.
What's more, goji is better source of beta-carotene than carrots, richer source of beta carotene of all known foods.
Due to the content of beta-carotene and zeaxanthin goji berries are especially recommended for people with low vision.
Betaine that is converted in the liver into choline, for recent years use for increasing lean muscle mass. In laboratory animals the application of betaine results in improvement of the liver function and better protection from the effects of harmful substances, and proposes its use in different chronic liver diseases such as fatty liver disease. Other pharmacological studies have shown a calming effect in the area surrounding the blood vessel (sedative and vasodilator).
Beta-sitosterol is a substance that is used to lower cholesterol, treatment of sexual impotence and prostate enlargement.
Goji berries contain a variety of phenolic compounds that have antioxidant properties. Also help lower blood sugar levels, and in ancient China were used to reduce obesity, which is confirmed by today's research. They contain substances that help control blood sugar and appetite. The fruits are a good source of chromium, a mineral that helps control blood sugar. Chromium may help preserve muscle mass during weight loss, increasing the area for burning calories, promotes efficient metabolism, which makes the body less susceptible to weight gain.
How cocoa promotes weight loss?
Hampers the work of key enzymes that decompose carbohydrates and fat while reducing their absorption into the bloodstream and increases their removal. This is reflected in the weight loss, but also showed a favorable effect in diabetes mellitus and other metabolic diseases.
Cocoa polyphenols have shown activity in animal studies, but for example, mice fed with fat lost weight if they were in the diet added with cocoa extract.
Cocoa polyphenols may affect the metabolism of leptin (satiety hormone) in patients with visceral obesity, through the influence of some biological markers, that have been shown to hinder the activity of inflammatory substances known as interleukins (IL-1α and IL-1β), which when in too large the quantity leads to abdominal fat (visceral fat, the fat around the body).
Cocoa contains substances that increase serotonin levels in the brain. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter, a substance that transmits nerve impulses (information) between neurons, that regulates especially the part of the brain where there are elements that regulate the function of sleep and mood. It is known among other things that serotonin effectively reduces hunger, and when there is more serotonin we will be more happier, less hungry and the mood will be improved to the extent because it tranquilizers our mood and anxiety there we will not need sweets or fatty foods.
Especially cocoa contains substances showing antidepressant effects helps people to stay on track to weight loss.
Cocoa extract reduces irritation and soothe discomfort, while at the same time increases the energy level.
4th? mechanism - insulin sensitivity
Cocoa polyphenols improves insulin sensitivity and how important it is to lose weight shown recent studies that firmly point the relationship with obesity and a condition known as insulin resistance syndrome.
New knowledge of epicatechin show that it significantly increase the amount of nitrogen oxide (NO) in the blood, leading to relaxation and dilation of blood vessels and better blood circulation, which in turn leads to increased blood flow through skeletal muscle and consequently better utilization of glucose.
Increasing the amount of NO and increased blood flow to the muscle results in even better utilization of 40% glucose, compared to insulin stimulation.
Increasing the susceptibility of the cell organelles to accept insulin, cocoa polyphenols are a great support for healthy weight loss.
This effect of epicatechin and cocoa contributes to better regulation of high blood pressure and better sexual function in men.
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