What is Cocoa Extract
Cocoa Extract Health benefits
Cocoa extract is a pure type of antioxidant that is, in fact, very beneficial for health. The cocoa extract acts as a nootropic, and it is a naturally occurring blend of polyphenols and mild stimulants that promote mental energy and a happier mood.
The common health benefits of Cocoa extract include:
- Enhances cognitive performance 
- Improves brain health 
- Balances cholesterol levels 
- Helps people who have diabetes 
- Relieves bronchial asthma 
- Improves weight loss 
- Improves heart health 
- Enhances mood 
- Helps people who are fighting cancer 
- Reduces symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome 
- Helps people who have neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s 
- Helps people who have oxidative injuries, inflammatory conditions, anxiety, hyperglycemia, and insulin resistance 
The phenylethylamine and theobromine in cocoa extract improve the neurotransmitter activity, increase mental alertness. Though theobromine and caffeine are the most common central nervous system stimulants, the main difference between theobromine and caffeine for energy is the fact that caffeine has a greater effect on the central nervous system while theobromine has a greater effect on the heart. Again theobromine acts as a vasodilator to widen blood vessels, and relieve vascular diseases, hypertension, angina pectoris and helps increase cognitive or physical energy. Regular consumption of cocoa extract decreases the risk of heart diseases and supports heart health greatly. It is extremely helpful for patients suffering from cholesterol problems as it helps to raise good cholesterol levels, and decreases the bad cholesterol. Cocoa increases the levels of anti-inflammatory compounds in the brain, which help to suppress the inflammatory responses linked to migraine headaches.
How Does it work?
Consideration and recomendation
Some common side effects of Cocoa consumption can be acne, vomiting, insomnia, restlessness, too much excitement, muscle tremors, fast pulse, irregular heartbeats, and mild fever. As there is caffeine content in cocoa extract, many interactions are theoretically possible if large doses are consumed.
Only your doctor can say about the dosage you need. The standard dose for cocoa extract may be 500 – 1,000mg a day, taken with meals. it is recommended to avoid dosages greater than those found in food because safety and efficacy are unproven. Caffeine content should be restricted during pregnancy.
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