CACAO LEAVES TEA|
(infusion THEOBROMA CACAO)
from AMAZON HERBS®
Cacao leaves and beans has been traditionally used by natives in South America, such as the Mayas, Olmecs and Aztecs, for its properties.
Cacao is an Amazon rainforest tree with a history of providing traditional medicines used in South America. The medicinal preparations are derived from the leaves and seeds (cacao beans) of the fruit. Depending on the processing, cacao and its derivative products (chocolate, cacao butter) can contain flavonols and procyanidins (flavonoids). The flavonols and the procyanidins possess biological activities relevant to oxidant defenses, vascular health, tumor suppression, and immune function.
The seeds possess excellent emollient properties.
Theobromine, the alkaloid contained in the beans, resembles caffeine in its action, but its effect on the central nervous system (CNS) is less powerful.
It is also employed in high blood pressure as it dilates the blood-vessels, due to the flavonoids (antioxidants).
Stimulating mood enhancer (aphrodisiac) and for dieting and depression.
Dark chocolate reduces platelet activation; this antiplatelet activity explains the important role in patients with coronary artery disease.
The cacao bean contains more than 400 plant chemicals!
Many chemicals are contained in the leaves, seeds, flowers and petioles of theobroma cacao such as alanine, alkaloids, amyl-alcohol, amylase, arabinose, arachidic-acid, ash, aspariginase, biotin, campesterol, carbohydrates, catalase, catechins, catechol, cellulose, chloride, cholesterol, copper, cyanidin, decarboxylase, dextrinase, ergosterol, fat, fiber, formic-acid, fructose, furfurol, glucose, glutamic-acid, glycerin, glycine, iron, isoleucine, kilocalories, lactic-acid, leucine, linalool, lipase, lysine, maleic-acid, mannose, nicotinic-acid, oleic-acid, oxalic-acid, palmitic-acid, peroxidase, protein, purine, riboflavin, stearic acid, sucrose, tannins, tartaric-acid, valeric-acid, vanillic-acid, vitexin, water, xylose.
The chronic ingestion of flavonol- and procyanidin-rich cacao is associated with a reduction in low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation and inhibition of platelet function In addition; specific procyanidin fractions isolated from cacao have demonstrated protection against peroxynitrite-mediated protein damage as well as against oxidation of synthetic liposomes and DNA. Studies have shown that purified cacao procyanidin fractions, as well as a crude extract, can alter cytokine transcription. It seems that these natural products have the potential to modulate the immune response.
These mechanistic observations may provide a basis that suggests that the regular consumption of foods rich in flavonoids is associated with a reduced risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and certain cancers.
Flavonoids isolated from cacao have biological activities relevant to oxidant defenses, vascular health, tumor suppression, and immune function. The intake of certain dietary flavonoids, along with other dietary substances such as tocopherols, ascorbate, and carotenoids, is epidemiologically associated with a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease. Flavonoids have also been shown to modulate tumor pathology in vitro and in animal models. The primary alkaloid in cacao, Theobromine, has similar stimulating activity to that of caffeine. It is a weak CNS stimulant, with one-tenth the cardiac effects of other methylxanthines (caffeine, theophylline). Polyphenols in cacoa are similar to the phenols in red wine, which has been shown to inhibit the oxidation of LDL. Cacao inhibit LDL oxidation and increase HDL-cholesterol concentrations, this potentially decreases the risk of cardiovascular disease. Extract of cacao counters the bacteria responsible for boils and septicemia. Polyphenol compounds present in the cacao liquor, extracted by using ethanol, have the potential in decreasing the severity of hepatocarcinogenesis (production of cancer of the liver).
Tincture: 1 - 4 ml per day
Infusion (herbal tea): (for depression, dieting) 1 – 2 cups a day.
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It is based on scientific studies (human, animal, or in vitro), clinical experience, or traditional usage.
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