Cocoa, coffee and vanilla. What do they have in common? Besides being the top flavor choices at your favorite ice cream scoop shop and ways to customize a latte – cocoa beans, coffee beans and vanilla beans are all harvested for their fruitful flavors – and come packed with plant-based health benefits.

Cocoa Beans Boost Blood Flow

Cocoa beans are the primary ingredient in the many forms of chocolate – from bars, to powders, to nibs – providing a tasty treat. But parts of the cocoa bean can also be used for their health properties. For example, cocoa contains plant-based nutrients called flavanols, which help boost heart and brain health – however, to get these benefits you need to consume much higher quantities of flavanols than you can realistically get from dark chocolate or raw cocoa powder. Thankfully, there’s an easy way to get these benefits: CocoaVia supplements contain a potent cocoa extract that provides the highest level of cocoa flavanols on the market. The flavanols in CocoaVia™ have been proven to increase nitric oxide levels and blood flow, delivering oxygen and nutrients to vital organs, muscles and tissues. In fact, studies have shown that when take daily, these powerful flavanols can help support healthy blood pressure and cognitive function – which is so important as we grow older.

Coffee Beans Contain More Than Caffeine

Of course, your daily cup of joe is made from coffee beans that contain caffeine, providing the daily wake-up jolt that many people crave. But coffee beans are also known to contain thousands of chemicals, some of which are beneficial to health. For example, coffee has nutrients like Vitamin B2 (also known as riboflavin) and magnesium, according to The Nutrition Source by the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Coffee also contains polyphenols, such as chlorogenic acid, which may have antioxidant, anti-inflammatory health properties, according to research published in the journal Antioxidants (Basel).

Vanilla Beans’ Sweet Smells Soothes

Anyone who bakes frequently knows that so many recipes contain vanilla and researchers are starting to explore if the vanilla bean may have properties that can benefit your health. For example, a paper published in the journal Nutrition Today details several studies that have shown promise – such as those that suggest smelling vanillin, the main flavor compound in vanilla beans, might be the secret for calming and soothing distressed infants. Vanilla has also been used to alleviate fever, spasms and gastrointestinal irritation, according to the paper.

What else do cocoa beans, coffee beans and vanilla beans have in common? Well, they aren’t like the kind of beans – legumes like garbanzos, lima beans or fava beans – that you might typically think of. But in addition to providing satisfying and magical aromas, cocoa, coffee and vanilla beans may also be “bean-ifcial” to your health in many ways!

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