Ceremonial cocoa – the food of the gods
Cocoa, also known as “food of the gods”, is a powerful plant medicine and superfood. For hundreds of years, cocoa has been consumed in sacred ceremonies by central and south American cultures such as the Aztecs and Mayans, leading back until 1900 BC.
In a modern ceremony, cocoa is drunk to establish a moment of calm and stillness and to connect with the heart. This state can be strengthened with meditation, reflection, creative activities like journaling or spiritual practices. However, the “food of the gods” can also be consumed without a ceremony. It is completely sufficient if you take a few minutes to rest and drink the cocoa consciously and in peace. This is often a really nice ritual at the beginning of the day to take some time for yourself and start the day or week with a calm and steady mind.
The difference between industrial and ceremonial cocoa
It is important to understand that we are not talking about processed commercial chocolate that can be found in stores and that is full of milk, sugar and artificial fats. The more cocoa is processed, the more it loses its healing and beneficial powers.
Ceremonial cocoa consists of raw beans that are not really roasted, but rather sun-dried. As a result, the molecular structure of the bean does not change and the natural nutritional values are preserved. After the harvest, the beans are fermented in a wooden box, dried and can then be processed into a mass, powder or butter.
The natural fat of the cocoa bean is retained during preparation, which means that the many living enzymes and the potency of the plant are not destroyed. Science has shown that the undamaged fat content makes it easier for the body to absorb nutrients and chemicals.
This is what cocoa does for your health
Cocoa promotes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain like dopamine and serotonin and creates feelings of bliss, motivation, stress resistance and joy. Cocoa is the highest naturally occurring source of magnesium, which is a key mineral in relieving stress and anxiety and restores many other vital minerals such as chromium, copper, calcium, manganese, zinc, sulfur, iron, potassium, B vitamins and phosphorus. Cocoa also has an antioxidant oxygen radical absorption capacity of 95,500, which is more than three times higher than the infamous goji berry!
Another important ingredient is anandamide, which contains the happiness molecule. Anandamide is an endogenous ligand that your body produces when you feel a “training high”. It’s a natural pleasure molecule that sits in the cannabinoid receptor sites in the cells of our nervous system.
Raw cocoa is also rich in antioxidants, as well as a significant amount of chromium, which balances blood sugar levels. It increases blood flow to the brain and creates greater mental clarity, focus and concentration.