Raw Material Monday: Raw Organic Cocoa Butter

Raw Material Monday: Raw Organic Cocoa Butter

Seeds from Theobroma cacao L. (Sterculiaceae) are the base for the production of the most important and widespread functional food in human history. The origin of cocoa dates back to more than 3000 years ago, and it was used for nutritional and medicinal purposes by the Mayan and Aztec civilizations . Although the cocoa plant contains an enormous range of beneficial components, processing and manufacturing alters its content and bioactive moieties, particularly during roasting, fermentation and drying, as well as with the use of analytical methods for isolation, characterization and quantification of its bioactive compounds.

Cellular studies and results from oral treatment and topical application studies in both animals and humans provide evidence that cocoa polyphenols, especially those belonging to the flavanol family, can offer effective photoprotection. Furthermore, the antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of cocoa polyphenols may constitute the basis of the possible antitumor promoting effects of these phytochemicals.

Pertaining to skin health, cocoa components have been utilized in diseases, such as skin cancer, psoriasis, acne and wound healing. It is noteworthy that is has been shown that cocoa has great potential not only for the treatments of skin diseases, but also for their prevention. In particular, antioxidants found in cocoa protect the skin from the inside by neutralizing oxidative stress, a major factor of dermal structure deterioration and premature skin aging. In conclusion, multiple lines of evidence support the role of cocoa in the promotion of human health.

Our Organic Cocoa Butter is minimally processed, and still has a strong and wonderful chocolate aroma. It melts at body temperature, so just warm it in your hands and apply to your skin.  

Source: Cocoa Bioactive Compounds: Significance and Potential for the Maintenance of Skin Health, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4145303/


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  • Toni Duncan

    It is that time of year again where the members of the Mulberry Homecoming Committee are asking for donations for our annual Orange & Black night raffle. Mulberry is a town in Southeast Kansas. We are a close group of people who get together every year for our Homecoming celebration. One of the big draws every year is the raffle. The homecoming committee always looks forward to this event, as it is our biggest fundraiser of the year. This year we are partnering with our local American Legion to sponsor the event. Our community has several military veterans and we hope this partnership will bring greater awareness to what they do in the community, as well.

    As a small community, we try to provide opportunities throughout the year for the town to get together and show their community pride. The way we are able to fund these projects is through the money we raise at the raffle. Some of our annual events include Homecoming games for both children and adults, a 4th of July event where we provide food and entertainment, a Halloween trunk or treat, and a Christmas parade where Santa shows up and gives the local children treats. Something else we try to do is keep our citizens involved and participating in positive activities. We try to give our youth options other than going out and getting into trouble. In recent years we have tried to update the town and make some improvements. We have had murals painted, we have had new facilities built at the park, and we have opened a museum in town. Within the past year, new playground equipment has been put in our community park. We may be a small community, but we are a proud one.

    We are asking you for your help. In order to make our raffle a success, we count on donations from companies like yours. Our Homecoming event draws in several hundreds of people each year, as that is also when we have our annual Orange & Black night, a reunion of sorts for Mulberry High School alumni. Ticket sales usually reach the thousands and we hope we can count on you to help keep us going strong. The event will be held on May 25, 2018. We are hoping to put together some “getaways” and themed gift baskets as some of our prizes. One of our planned themed gift baskets is a relaxation/spa lovers basket and we would love to feature something from you. We truly appreciate your time and consideration. Please feel free to call myself, Toni Duncan, at 573-569-2166 if you have any questions. We look forward to working with you

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