Pretty much everyone loves chocolate, what’s there not to love? But have you considered chocolate as a powerful antioxidant and pain killer with the ability to relieve arthritis, muscle & joint stiffness?
That’s right! I’ve known for a long time that a little 70 percent dark chocolate is good for us and can even support weight loss. But I only recently learned that chocolate also has a great pain-relieving effect on my stiff muscles and joints when I first wake up in the morning, even better than ibuprofen!
In fact, there are a lot of foods that doctors recommend as natural pain killers like coffee, cherries and olive oil, primarily because of their anti-inflammatory properties.
In the same way, chocolate is a well-known natural anti-inflammatory which is what makes it so helpful as a healing food. This study showed that in addition to reducing swelling, it improves blood flow, which can decrease pain, especially in people with circulatory conditions.
Cacao is the purest form of chocolate you can consume and it’s much less processed than cocoa powder or chocolate bars. … The cacao fruit tree, also known as Theobroma Cacao, produces cacao pods which are cracked open to release cacao beans, which can then be processed in several ways.
I find that drinking one cacao smoothie daily is enough to keep me feeling pain free, as well as energetic thanks to the small amount of caffeine it contains. A yummy cacao smoothie followed by some gentle yoga or other exercise, greatly reduces my aches & pains and keeps me feeling happy!
Raw Cacao Chocolate Smoothie
This is a yummy and luscious chcoloate banana smoothie that tastes like dessert, but it's sugar free, low calorie and supports healing.
- 1 cup almond or hemp milk
- 1 medium banana
- 2 tbsp raw cacao
- 1 dash cinnamon
- 2-3 cubes ice
Blend all ingredients until smooth; serve cold.
Tip for your bananas: When bananas start to over-ripen, peel them, 1/2 them, then freeze them. Add them to your daily smoothies as needed for nutrients, fiber and an extra creamy texture.