The Cacao Bean
Cacao has more antioxidant flavonoids than any food tested to date and four times the level of antioxidants in green tea. It promotes cardiovascular health by dilating bloods vessels, reduces clotting, improves circulation, regulates heartbeat and blood pressure, and lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol.
Due to the high magnesium content, cacao can reduce the risk of strokes and heart attacks. It can protect from toxins, repair and resist damage caused by free radicals, and has even been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers. A mineral-rich superfood, cacao contains essential minerals sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese.
We know that cacao is an incredibly healthy food; provided it hasn't been processed and turned into high street chocolate. At that point, the nutritional qualities have been severely impaired at best. In it's raw form, cacao makes us feel high, energised and happy. Raw cacao is behind the idea that chocolate is good for your health.
Cacao makes you feel high because it increases levels of neurotransmitters such as serotonin, meaning it essentially acts as an anti-depressant. It stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
Cacao brings us a sense of well-being that makes it perfect for ceremonial use; it promotes a meditative state, or a high energy state, depending on the activity we are doing.
At our cacao ceremonies, we offer you a delicious cacao mixture that we savour as a group, before going into a meditation with sound, singing, poetry, and some energy channeling. We follow it up with a dance session, which is usually a completely blissful experience, connecting us to our higher selves and bringing us firmly into the present moment in appreciation of life.