Cocoa Seed Powder

As the name suggest cocoa powder is found in cocoa bearing products. One compound that is particularly special in cocoa powder is (-)-epicatechin. Although lots of plant product contain (-)-epicatechin, cocoa powder poses much higher doses. (-)-Epicatechin has a hand full of benefits such as; a possible increase in focus due to raised levels of oxygen and blood flow to the brain, increasing the amount of sugar taken from blood, and an increase in the production of nitric oxide (NO).(70) Nitric oxide can help increase physical performance by enhancing oxygen delivery to muscles.(76) Cocoa powder contains low levels of xanthine molecules (caffeine and theobromine) which can cause slight stimulation.(70) Xanthine molecules influence our moods and level of alertness in positive ways.(71)