Cacao comes from the bean of the Theobroma cacao tree (Cocao tree) native to Central and South America. Cocao powder is at the base of all things made of chocolate.
Cacao as a nootropic offers a hosts of cognitive benefits. It stimulates the release of phenylethylamine (PEA) which boosts focus and awareness. And anandamide (the bliss molecule) which increases happiness levels. Cacao is a source of tryptophan which is the precursor to serotonin. And theobromine which boosts blood flow, is a stimulant, and may account for chocolate’s aphrodisiac qualities.
Studies show that consumption of a flavanol-rich cocao drink increases blood flow for up to 2 hours in certain regions of the brain. Improving cognition, memory, and preventing neurodegeneration.
And cacao beans are one of the richest sources of antioxidants available. Reducing free radicals that would normally cause oxidative damage in your brain and body.
But cacao and chocolate are NOT the same thing. How cacao is processed makes all the difference in retaining its nootropic benefits. See the full review for types of cocao to buy, dosage recommendations, side effects, and drug interactions.