02 Aug MANDA’s Top Benefits of Cacao
Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing un-roasted cacao beans, a process that preserves its living enzymes. Cacao (not to be confused with cocoa) is loaded with antioxidants and amazing skin-friendly vitamins and minerals. We’ve formulated this tasty super food into our Organic Sun Paste because of its amazing skin health properties! Plus, its chocolate color helps give MANDA Organic Sun Paste its natural tint.
We’ve outlined our top benefits of cacao and why its one of MANDA’s essential ingredients.
Benefit #1: Anti-aging
Polyphenol antioxidants found in cacao belong to the same group of antioxidants as green tea and red wine, which protect our skin cells from premature destruction. Due to cacao’s high level of antioxidants, cacao can repair the damage caused by free radicals, helping to protect our skin from UVA/UVB rays. Studies have found that cacao contains far more antioxidants per 100g than acai, goji berries and blueberries.
Benefit #2: Promotes Cellular Healing
The same antioxidants in cacao that help to protect our skin against free radicals also help to improve dermal blood circulation, improving our skin’s surface and hydration levels. An increase in blood flow to the skin from cacao’s large antioxidant content results in better delivery of nutrients.
Benefit #3: Mineral Rich
Cacao contains skin-nourishing minerals such as magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium and zinc!
Benefit #4: Improved Skin
Cacao contains a substantial amount of natural sulfur. The antimicrobial properties in sulfur have been shown to improve skin conditions such as eczema, psoriasis and even acne.
Benefit #5: Mood Booster
Cacao can increase levels of certain neurotransmitters that promote a sense of well being!
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