How was the medicine from the cocoa tree discovered?
I am doing a project where I have to find out all about different plants from the rainforst and their medicines. I'm wondering how the medicine in the cocoa tree was discovered and by who
Theobroma cacao or the Chocolate tree is a rainforest tree. Its scientific name means, food of the gods. It is thought that this plant was cultivated about 1000 B.C. by either the Olmec or the Maya. There are 150 different chemicals found in the leaves, fruit, seeds and bark of this plant. There are antioxidants found in this plant that can protect against cancer, heart disease and aid in strengthening the immune system. It was used to treat anxiety, fever, fatigue and coughs by the ancients. Later, it was brought to Europe to treat cuts, burns and kidney stones. Today, it is used in the production of cocoa powder and chocolate. Chocolate is a "feel good" food that enhances mood and is also healthy to the body.
Cocoa is a tropical tree found in america,it needs hot climate for its growth. It is prefered as the best beverage n also is used to draw out butter. It can be used to make cakes, chocalates, liquorice etc... Archeologists have found that it was first discovered by the MAYAN community as a bean or nut ... After a big span of time it was later discovered by CHRISTOPHER COLUMBTS and brought to europe... When people get its uses in different fields it was further brought and grown for industrial gnd commercial purposes.