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Cocoa- amino acids in cocoa

Cocoa- amino acids in cocoa

Amino acids present in abundant amount in cocoa, as a matter of fact, there are over 400 chemicals present in cocoa and most of these are biologically active. Aside from raw cocoa seeds, the darker a chocolate is the more amino acids that can be found inside. It is very ideal to consume cocoa in moderate quantities; excessive amino acids in cocoa can lead to migraine and acid reflux.

   Tryptophan is one of the essential amino acids found in abundant quantities in cocoa; Tryptophan is a precursor to some neuron-transmitters such as serotonin. Tryptophan is an amino acid that can be rarely found in most foods, cocoa foods can serve as excellent replacement for such deficient foods. Tryptophan hydrolase is an enzyme that works with amino acid tryptophan to induce serotonin. Adequate serotonin secretion in the brain can promote healthy sleep and a much better stable mood.

Phenylalanine is another essential amino acid found in cocoa. Phenylalanine is amino acids that stimulates several chemicals in the brain and alter several physiological reactions that have adverse effects on the body. Phenylalanine is an amino acid that can react with some drugs and cause adverse effects- anti-depressant drugs must not be taken when you consume chocolate containing huge amounts of amino acids, phenylalanine increases the body’s response to stress, anxiety and depression.

Tyrosine amino acids are usually made from phenylalanine, and it cannot be classified as an amino acid in the real sense because it cannot be obtained from diets. It is produced in the body though, but some chemicals in cocoa can actually stimulate its production and make it more abundantly to perform several functions. Tyrosine regulates the functions of some neuron-transmitters just like many other amino acids do, tyrosine promotes good mood, sound health and general wellbeing of the brain and the nervous system.

Amino acids are needed for a number of reasons in the body, their deficiencies can trigger a number of side effects. Tyrosine deficiencies for instance can result in an under-performing thyroid gland those secrets other essential hormones in the body. Severe developmental delays in the body can also develop from deficiencies in amino acids. Deficiencies in tryptophan can lead to an under-performing serotonin which will trigger depression, increased sensitivities to pains, aggressive behavior and insomnia.

Amino acids and proteins are essential building blocks of the body, they help replace old and dying tissues with new ones while new cells are also formed. Cacao seeds are source of the commercial cocoa, cocoa butter and chocolate. The fermented seeds are roasted, ground and cracked to give the powdery mass where fat is expressed. The raw dried cacao beans can be of cold milled & ground to powder. It is cocoa from which the famous beverage is been prepared. In preparation of chocolate, the mass is been mixed with flavoring, sugar, and cocoa fat. The milk chocolate includes milk but decreases anti-oxidant properties. The cocoa butter is as well used in the confections and in the manufacture of soap, tobacco, and cosmetics.

The cocoa butter is described as world's expensive fat, used extensively in emollient "bullets" that is used for the hemorrhoids. Adding some other foods with the complementary amino acid to this food can yield complete protein source as well as improve quality of some kinds of restrictive diets. Health benefits of the chocolate are known for some time now, however there is a lot more to chocolate we have to know. For example, do you know that the chocolate & cacao aren’t the same? There is the clear distinction between the commercial chocolate that has got no health advantages and organic chocolate,

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