Spring time is coming which means edible flowers and – flower powered chocolate! I embrace raw chocolate an essential pantry item, especially for women. Aside from being packed with iron and magnesium, raw cacao in particular is one of the richest sources of polyphenols – the naturally occurring antioxidants found in fruit, vegetables, tea and wine.
Polyphenols reduce inflammation, improve blood pressure and improve blood flow to the brain, which in turn creates a flow over effect for our mental wellbeing. The positive effects on mood are thought to be due to the conversion of the high levels of tryptophan in raw cacao to the natural mood stabilizer serotonin.
"One study on chocolate consumption and stress levels in pregnant women found that more frequent intake of chocolate was associated with reduced stress and improved mood in babies. Furthermore, another study discovered that drinking high-polyphenol cocoa improved calmness and contentment."
But we already know that chocolate is our favorite food, ever.
Just make sure not to overheat your cacao concoctions as heat destroys tryptophan as well as significantly reduces the natural abundance of antioxidants that take such good care of us.
Ps We add shatavari to our chocolate for it's lubricating, fertility boosting, milk making effects. You can add any of your favorite medicinal roots, herbs or fruits.