Cacao for Beauty - Inside & Out
Here at NYSM, we believe in nourishing the body whole. I was just reading some information on cacao and found that it contains a high content of the beauty mineral, sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver, and supports healthy pancreas function. Another reason to consume chocolate! YUM!
How we feel on the outside is a direct result of how we feel about ourselves on the inside! Good news, cacao increases the levels of specific neurotransmitters in our brain, which promotes positive outlook, rejuvenation and an overall sense of wellbeing. The neurotransmitters I am talking about include:
- Serotonin - Cacao raises the level of serotonin in the brain; thus acts as an anti-depressant, helps reduce PMS symptoms, and promotes a sense of well-being.
- Endorphins - Cacao stimulates the secretion of endorphins, producing a pleasurable sensation similar to the “runner’s high” a jogger feels after running several miles.
- Phenylethylamine - Found in chocolate, phenylethylamine is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. Acts as mild mood elevator and anti-depressant, and helps increase focus and alertness.
- Anandamide - Anandamide is known as the “bliss chemical” because it is released by the brain when we are feeling great. Cacao contains both N-acylethanolamines, believed to temporarily increase the levels of anandamide in the brain, and enzyme inhibitors that slow its breakdown. Promotes relaxation, and helps us feel good longer.
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