The benefits of cocoa butter
Cocoa butter is great not only to make confectionery. It has such components as palmitic acid, linoleic acid, oleic and stearic acids, so it can be found in many therapeutic products. Cocoa butter also has healing properties because it contains caffeine, methylxanthines and tannins, which make it irreplaceable in cosmetology.
Cocoa butter is pale yellow and it is the purest edible vegetable fat obtained from cocoa beans. The beans are fermented, roasted, and then shelled. 54-58 percent of disposition is cocoa butter. Cocoa butter is very rich in minerals, such as calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron. All of these are vital trace elements and they are easily absorbed.
Another good news about cocoa butter is that it contains tryptophan, an amino acid involved in synthesis of serotonin, dopamine, and phenylethylamine, which are known as happiness hormones. So it is not only food for the skin, but also for the brain.
Cocoa butter is rich in antioxidants, which fight against a wide range of free radicals that destroy our skin cells and promote premature aging. It also contains one of the strongest antioxidants – vitamin E, which is the most powerful antioxidant of all vitamins.
According to scientists, the cocoa butter is one of the most stable fats, and it contains a high concentration of polyphenols or anti-aging antioxidants. Another appreciated feature of cocoa butter is that it prevents significant scar tissue formation or help to heal the scars, stretch marks; gives the skin healthy elasticity.