I love reading about how different foods benefit the body, and whenever I find something that I need to get more of in my diet, I search for supplements to get the best dosage of its health properties. One food that I recently wrote about was cacao, which has so many benefits as I wrote about here. Of course, you can go and buy a candy bar and get some of its nutrients in you. But then you’re adding all the sugars that come with it.
So I went to the internet to find out how to get this in supplement form, and have since had a great experience of using this product from Viva Naturals to get the vitamins and minerals from cacao, without all the junk that comes in other forms of chocolate.
Best Cacao Supplement
Whenever I go to find something on Amazon, like many others I take the product rating and reviews into consideration. This product has nearly 7,500 reviews (at the time of this writing) and a 4.5 aggregate score. I don’t have guidelines of how many reviews or what score I’m looking for, but no matter what your criteria are, this product will surely pass the test and is obviously well thought of.
As I talked about in my post about the benefits of cacao, one of the ways that you can get pure cacao (to derive the most benefit from it), is through cacao nibs. Awesomely, this is a buying option with this brand. You can get a bag of nibs which are bite-sized chunks. Alternatively, if you’d like to mix it in a drink or make some hot chocolate with it, it is available in powder form in 1 lb. and 2 lb. options. I’ve tried both the nibs and the powder, and both are delicious!
Ok, so I figure a lot of the buyers, and reading the reviews confirms this assumption, are buying it just because they love a chocolaty treat.
That’s great! But they may be oblivious to all the benefits that this plant provides.
For starters, it is chock full of antioxidant powers, ridding your body of free radicals and toxins that make you age quicker.
It’s pretty much a superfood with tons of vitamins, minerals, fatty acids and flavonoids that all promote better health.
On top of that, it can help with hormonal balance. My lady likes to mix up a chocolate shake with this when it’s “that time of the month” as it helps regulate her mood (more on that below) and get everything back in balance. It can be a manic time, and this helps bring her back to even-keel.
Another thing – chocolate can bring you a feeling of bliss. And I don’t just mean that you are happy to be having a delicious treat. It chemically brings you a euphoric feeling, much like how endorphins work, through its boosting of the “bliss molecule” in your body.
Lastly, ever wonder why protein shakes and workout supplements always have a chocolate flavor available? Cacao makes a great addition to a workout recovery drink due to the amino acids in it. This is one of the prime reasons why I have the 2 lb. bag of this powder from Viva Naturals and regularly add it to my protein shake after a workout.
Where to Buy
You may be able to find this in stores, though I haven’t particularly looked for it as I enjoy the convenience of Amazon.