Cocoa butter always used to be part of my mother’s beauty regime. And not even her, I often heard to him speak to my aunts on phone about its various skin-caring recipes. No wonder, my mother had a spellbinding skin.
Cocoa Butter, the fat content of the cocoa bean, is a highly-stable vegetable fat that remains solid at room temperature but melts right around body temperature, responsible for the melt-in-your-mouth quality of chocolate. Chocolate is essentially cocoa butter that has been recombined with cocoa solids like cocoa powder. While cocoa butter is itself a dairy-free fat, many chocolate products contain dairy ingredients such as casein, whey, milk powder, milk solids or traces of milk, so label-reading is definitely a neccessity for dairy-free and vegan chocolate-lovers.
Because of its high stability, cocoa butter is also used in a variety of health and beauty products as well, such as –
- facial products
- pharmaceutical products.
Immune System Health: Preliminary research indicates that CMP (cocoa mass polyphenol) actually helps suppress excessive T-cell activity in the immune system, which could lead to possible treatment in immune system conditions such as psoriasis, fibromyalgia, and chronic fatigue syndrome.
Cocoa butter is the natural fat extracted from the cacao bean. Also known as oil of theobroma, cocoa butter is slightly yellowish in color, and it is used as an ingredient in foods, pharmaceutical products and many products in the beauty industry. It is included in many cosmetics, shampoos and soaps, and it is ideal for lotions and lip balms because it can help make skin soft and supple. The moisturizing abilities of cocoa butter are frequently recommended for the treatment of chapped skin and lips and as a daily moisturizer to prevent dry, itchy skin. The fact that is a natural preservative and has a faintly pleasant aroma lends further benefits to its cosmetic uses.
Skin Health: Cocoa butter has often been recommended for treatment of skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Cocoa butter, when applied topically, creates a barrier between sensitive skin and the environment and helps retain needed moisture. In addition, cocoa butter contains cocoa mass polyphenol (CMP), a substance that inhibits the production of the immuno globulin IgE. IgE is known to aggravate symptoms of both dermatitis and eczema.
May Help Prevent Cancer: Cocoa butter, like chocolate, contains a lot of CMP. It has been reported that CMP inhibits the growth of cancerous cells and tumors by inhibiting the oxidation of LDL cholesterol and the production of inflammatory cells.
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