Cocoa has many useful properties – it slows down aging and improves brain function. A cup of hot cocoa has a revitalizing effect, provides energy and even protects against viruses and infections. The drink stimulates the brain and improves memory. The main advantage of cocoa is the effective prevention of age-related diseases. If you are over 50, you need a cup of cocoa every day.
Nutritional value of cocoa
The main advantage of the drink is in the antioxidants it contains. It is they who slow down the aging and degeneration of cells. In two tablespoons of cocoa there are only 60 calories, but also a lot of he althy fats, carbohydrates and fibers that quickly saturate the body. For example, a cup of cocoa contains:
• 1.5 g he althy fat;
• 8 g of carbohydrates, of which 5 g are fiber;
• magnesium 102 mg – 30% of daily needs;
• iron 2 mg – approximately 25% of daily needs;
• manganese – 13% of daily needs;
• honey – 12% of daily needs;
• calcium – 34 mg, which is 4% of the daily value;
• 33 milligrams of phosphorus, approximately 4% of the daily allowance
Prevention of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's
In addition to concentration and attention, cocoa improves memory, reduces fatigue. It can lower the risk of developing Parkinson's and Alzheimer's disease. It also prevents diabetes, strokes and heart attacks. Cacao is also a great antidepressant because it increases serotonin levels in the brain.
The drink is good on its own. But if you add cinnamon or cloves to it, its effect will increase several times. Cloves are a type of antiseptic and pain reliever, while cinnamon, in addition to having a pleasant aroma, improves blood circulation.
Ingredients for two servings:
• 2 tsp. milk;
• 2 tbsp. cocoa;
• 1/2 tsp. cinnamon;
• 1/4 tsp. cloves, ground;
• pinch of s alt.
Take a small vessel in which you can warm your drink. Pour in the cocoa, spices and s alt. Add the milk and stir constantly over medium heat. As soon as the milk boils, the drink is ready.