Maximize your performance and recovery with Cacao!
Ceremonial Cacao has long been regarded as a powerful energy increasing superfood, capable of fueling greater performance and recovery.
But what exactly is in cacao that offers these benefits?
The research is in - Flavanols, those potent antioxidant-rich compounds found in Cacao, ramp up blood flow that increases oxygen uptake, which makes working out easier and more effective!
Scientists from Liverpool Hope University and Liverpool John Moore’s University tested the effects of flavanols on a group of healthy adults aged between 40 and 60 and found it had a considerable positive impact on their workout performance.
Without regular physical activity, ageing slows the rate at which our muscles consume oxygen which we need when we exercise. This is due to impairments in blood flow supply to the active muscles. As a result, our ability to tolerate exercise is weakened. Flavonoids, once known as vitamin P, increase the rate of oxygen consumption at the onset of activity, improving our ability to keep going, which allows us to improve stamina.
Flavanols are rich in anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Adding Cacao to your workout smoothie alongside a diet of other flavonoid-rich sources like berries, green tea and kale is also believed to help prevent cognitive decline and lower the risk of cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes.
So when is the best time to sip your Cacao? Before, after or during your workout?
We now know drinking natural Cacao before your workout can improve your exercise performance. A good workout causes muscle and joint inflammation, so consuming Cacao before or after training helps reduce any associated inflammation or pain.
Cacao is also high in magnesium, which relaxes muscles, prevents cramps, and replenishes red blood cells, which provide oxygen to the rest of the body. Taking your Cacao after training helps replace glycogen stores essential for muscle recovery, especially when consumed with some protein, like a glass of milk or nut butter. It helps begin the process of muscle rebuilding.
So, no matter when you choose to drink your Cacao, your body and workout regime will be stronger as a result.
Bottoms up - it’s time to hit the gym!