The origin of cocoa can be traced to more than 3000 years ago. It was used for nutritional and medicinal purposes by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations. Cocoa consumption has been linked with numerous health benefits. Cocoa has antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Cocoa components can downregulate pro-inflammatory cytokines and their downstream biochemical pathways.1
The bioactive compounds of cocoa include polyphenols, theobromine, and many essential minerals, including magnes
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