Packed with antioxidants, pure cacao powder contains more flavonoids than blueberries, black and green teas and red wine! When close to its natural state, cacao has been said to help reduce inflammation.
We know this nutritional (and delicious!) powerhouse can also promote cardiovascular health by dilating blood vessels, regulating blood pressure, and reducing the risk of heart attack.
One highlight of recent studies suggests a promising benefit: to ease arthritis pain. While research continues to develop, there is compelling evidence that the high concentration of polyphenols in cacao can significantly lower compounds associated with joint health and the progression of arthritis.
While we of course recommend speaking with your doctor about arthritis and supplementing with superfoods, there are a few great ways to start using cacao in your diet if you struggle with arthritis pain. From smoothies to baked goods, hot chocolate to sauces and so much more, cacao is one of the most versatile superfoods out there!
You could simply add 1-2 teaspoons to your daily smoothie, or mix into yogurt or coffee. Or try of these tasty recipes:
5 Healthy Smoothies for Chocolate Lovers: Made with Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder, Cacao Paste or Cacao Butter
Acai Super Fudge: Made with Cacao Butter and Cacao Powder
Chocolate Almond Butter & Banana Smoothie Bowl: Made with Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs
Chocolate Chia Pudding: Made with Cacao Powder
Raw Chocolate Mousse: Made with Cacao Powder and Cacao Nibs