Cocoa Butter – Burst Of Antioxidants

Cocoa Butter – Burst Of Antioxidants

Cocoa butter, for a very long time, has been my sister’s favourite skin caring substance. There used to be times when she used to get so busy with college functions and everything that her skin had to bear the brunt of neglect. All she did, she used to wash her face and apply Cocoa butter for night and the next day, no joking, she used to as fresh as lily.

Raw, organic cocoa butter (also known as Cacao butter) is an ideal skin care product because it contains a large number of antioxidants that act synergistically to present a massive offensive against the free radicals that destroy your skin cells and lead to premature aging.

According to Wikipedia, free radicals are closely associated with oxidative damage. Antioxidants are reducing agents, and limit oxidative damage to biological structures by passivating free radicals. Think of what happens to an apple that has been sliced open and remains exposed to the air for only a short bit of time. This is oxidative damage. Free radicals are also formed by exposure to pollutants such as –

  • Pesticides
  • Particularly the various toxic components of tobacco smoke.

Free radicals destroy cells; including skin cells. As they begin to do their damage on your skin, your skin cells quickly begin to age.  Your skin wrinkles and dries up, and you begin to appear years older than you are. This is where the benefits of antioxidants help protect your cells. Cocoa butter contains a large number of antioxidants, much larger than blueberries and many other super foods, which neutralize a wide range of free radicals and superoxide. Cocoa butter is loaded with Vitamin E; a strong antioxidant – the strongest of all the antioxidant vitamins in fact, and can easily neutralize oxidizing agents. Cocoa butter also contains high does of vitamins A and C.

It has been scientifically proven that cocoa butter will prevent skin degradation due to the harmful effects of the UV light in the rays of the sun – UV radiation generates free radicals that are very effective at destroying skin.  Just look at the effect of sunburn! Cocoa butter is an excellent shield against these harmful UV rays.

Cocoa butter also contains a large number of highly bioavailable minerals that are more effective in their natural plant form than from a vitamin; calcium, potassium, magnesium, zinc, manganese, copper and iron. It also contains tryptophan, an essential amino acid that is involved in the formation of serotonin, the ‘feel good’ neurotransmitter, and also dopamine and phenylethylamine, that are all great components to helping you feel great. Cocoa butter works to help you feel better from the inside out.

Now, have a look at the reference links now –

  1. How Cocoa Butter Helps Skin by ehow
  2. Using Raw Cocoa Butter by Hubpages
  3. Cocoa Butter Recipes by BBC
Posted in ABout on Feb 26th, 2013, 2:10 pm by cocoa   

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