If you like to work out, you should always add cocoa powder to your protein shake.
We’ll tell you why cocoa powder is an ideal source of protein and how to promote muscle regeneration faster.
Cocoa is now on your meal plan – not in the form of unhealthy milk chocolate, but as a cocoa powder (without sugar, of course). Because the cocoa powder has pretty good properties, especially for athletes.
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Cocoa Powder’s Health Benefits to Fitness
There are four reasons, they explain the benefits of cocoa powder:
1. Cocoa provides high-quality protein
A whole 23 grams of protein provides cocoa (strongly deoiled) per 100 grams. After training or as a small meal in between, cocoa supplements your diet optimally. Of course, you shouldn’t spoon the powder pure. It tastes very good in your protein shake or mixed into quark. Just try it out. So from now on, you don’t have to buy finished Whey with chocolate taste anymore.
2. Cocoa releases hormones of happiness
Feelings of happiness are caused by various neurotransmitters, also called happiness hormones. And cocoa contains quite a lot of them, including endorphins and tryptophan. However, endorphins are not only considered to be happy agents that can even trigger intoxicating euphoria, but they also ensure that you don’t feel pain in emergency situations.
By the way: Endorphins strengthen the immune system and reduce the risk of depression. They thus provide us with physical and mental health.
The essential amino acid tryptophan, which your body cannot produce itself, also lifts the mood. As a component of the happiness hormone ‘serotonin’, it has a direct effect on your mood. The better you are supplied with tryptophan, the higher the serotonin level is and the better your mood is.
3. Polyphenols lower blood pressure
The cocoa bean contains a variety of phytochemicals, including the flavonoids belonging to the polyphenols. These have a positive effect on blood pressure and thus protect the blood vessels.
In addition, cocoa powder contains many antioxidants. These are chemical compounds that protect your body cells from free radicals that can cause mutations in DNA. Free radicals are produced as a by-product of your metabolism, but also by excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, exhaust gases, and UV rays.
4. Magnesium and calcium for rapid regeneration
Cocoa powder contains 483 milligrams of magnesium per 100 grams. This mineral is involved in all metabolic reactions in which the chemical energy stores of the cells (ATP and ADP) play a role. If ATP reacts with water, ADP is created, among other things – and energy is released. ATP is thus the most important chemical energy storage of your body.
In addition, magnesium regulates the contraction and slackening of your muscles – making it especially important for athletes.
In addition to magnesium, cocoa contains 133 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams, which is necessary for bones, teeth and for the transmission of nerve impulses, among other things. Incidentally, an adult’s skeleton contains about 1 kilo of calcium – 99 percent of the calcium contained in the body is stored here.
After an intensive workout, cocoa optimally supplies your organism with magnesium, facilitates faster, natural regeneration and saves you some cramp.
What can you use cocoa for?
Cocoa is available as a cocoa powder (without sugar) in the supermarket from the baked goods. It is best to choose highly de-oiled powder, which contains fewer calories and fat. You can add it to your protein shake and stir under quark. However, you can also use it for baking and prepare delicious chocolatey protein pancakes.
When buying, make sure that the cocoa is free of any additives like sugar, otherwise, you don’t have much of it.
Cocoa has many positive properties for your health and is particularly suitable as a sports snack after a workout – in a shake or as a topping on your porridge due to its high protein content.
How do free radicals affect the body? Medically reviewed by Debra Rose Wilson, Ph.D., MSN, RN, IBCLC, AHN-BC, CHT on July 29, 2017 — Written by Zawn Villines https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/318652.php
Health benefits of cocoa. Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Dammam, Dammam, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24100674
Cocoa bean From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cocoa_bean