Yeah, we know you think we included cocoa in our BEB Organic Diaper Balm because we’re chocolate freaks.
Though we might confess to a chocolate addiction, we absolutely crave the awesome health benefits cocoa provides: decreased inflammation, improved heart and brain health, blood sugar and weight control, and healthy teeth and skin.
For your tiny preemie in the NICU
Cocoa is rich in polyphenols, which are natural antioxidants. They reduce inflammation, increase blood flow, help lower blood pressure and blood sugar levels, and improve cholesterol levels. Not only that, but polyphenols may help the blood flow to the brain and brain function.
But wait—there’s so much more goodness!
Cocoa’s abundant flavanols (the highest level of any food) have their own antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effect.
Flavanols help improve nitric oxide levels in the blood, helping your baby’s blood vessels work better by relaxing and dilating them so blood flows easily and blood pressure stays at a healthy level.
Cocoa flavanols can slow carbohydrate digestion and its absorption in the gut.
This can lower the sugar concentration in your baby’s blood, improve insulin secretion, reduce inflammation, and increase the removal of blood sugar into the muscles.
And every one of these benefits helps lower the risk of Type 2 diabetes.
As if that’s not enough goodness from flavanols, there’s another: more and more research is being done on their use as cancer-fighting agents.
They’re not only effective, they have low toxicity and few side effects.
Any person taking cancer medications can relate to the awesomeness of that.
And then there’s asthma. Cocoa contains anti-asthmatic compounds that can help reduce the inflammation that obstructs little airways, making it hard for babies to breathe.
For preemies with still-developing lungs, keeping breathing easy gives them more energy for growing.
Cocoa has positive emotional/psychological effects, too (as any chocolate lover will testify).
Research shows it can improve mood and may affect symptoms of depression while it improves a sense of calmness and contentment.
After all these amazing ways a little cocoa can help your baby
We haven't even talked about the major benefit that made us search high and low for the very best cocoa for our BEB Organic Diaper Balm...
Cocoa is awesome for your skin!
Add to skin protection to the long list of cocoa health benefits.
It helps protect against sun damage, stimulates blood circulation to the skin, and improves your skin’s texture and hydration.
To bring all these amazing benefits straight to your baby’s bottom, we combine cocoa with coconut oil and zinc in our BEB Organic Diaper Balm.
That’s a ton of goodness along with fierce protection against the bacteria in urine-soaked diapers that can cause painful diaper rash.
And you thought cocoa was just for chocolate…