1. Raw Chocolate (Cacao)
There is no harvest season for this food, the cocoa tree bears its fruit all year long. Raw cacao (commonly called cocoa or chocolate) has been known to rejuvenate and remove that lethargic feeling. Raw cacao has most of its nutritents intact, unlike commercial chocolate. During processing, commercial chocolate loses most of its special properties - specifically through the heating process. Thus raw cacao is recommended. It has the highest amounts of flavonoids and extremely high amounts of magnesium. It is also rich in chromium, manganese, and an excellent source of zinc.
The most popular benefit of cocoa is that it supports a healthy cardiovascular system. Other benefits are increase brain blood flow, and enhance brain function. The antioxidant properties in cocoa can protect us from age-related health conditions and free-radical damage to our DNA.
Some more benefits of raw cocoa: are relief from menstrual cramping, building strong bones, help detoxify heavy metals, promote normal blood pressure, improve blood lipids, and reduce inflammation. Cocoa is considered a great super food for children because of it helps release certain neurotransmitters that can greatly impact mood and help reduce stress levels. It can also help relax the blood vessels.