It is easy to confuse cacao and cocoa, they look similar but are created by different processes. Raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cacao beans. It has a higher antioxidant and nutritional value and a higher magnesium content.
Cocoa is a powder created after removal of cocoa butter and roasting. It is less expensive than cacao and its antioxidant and magnesium content is significantly reduced from the raw state.
Raw Cacao can help fight fatigue. When you’re feeling tired after a night’s rest, it is possible that your magnesium levels are low. Cacao may be able to provide a boost to magnesium levels.
It also contains the molecule “anandamide”, also referred to as the “bliss molecule,” and may be able to produce pleasant sensations and feelings of happiness in the brain.
Cacao contains theobromine, a natural, mild stimulant similar to caffeine, that interacts with adenosine receptors throughout our bodies. Theobromine has significant benefits over caffeine because it is less potent as a stimulant and doesn’t over activate the adrenal system, which provides stimulation without burnout. Cacao also contains several compounds that are similar to our own neurotransmitters, like dopamine, serotonin and anandamide.