Cocoa butter is beneficial in topical and food products because it contains a high amount of antioxidants, vitamins, flavonoids and oleic acid. Cocoa butter is commonly used in skin care products because its cocoa mass polyphenol helps protect the skin against free radicals, and its B vitamins help improve skin elasticity and the skin's ability to heal.
For these reasons, cocoa butter has been recommended in treatments for improving skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Cocoa mass polyphenol, an antioxidant, helps boost the immune system and has been shown to prevent and even decrease the painful effects of arthritis.
Cocoa butter has long been used as a moisturizing ingredient in the skincare product industry. Due to its emollient properties, cocoa butter applied to the skin creates a protective barrier of oil between the skin and its environment. Because cocoa butter contains oleic acid, flavonoids and polyphenols, it is doubly effective in protecting cellular structure and in the treatment of ulcers, heart conditions, asthma, chronic fatigue syndrome, psoriasis and stretch marks.
While cocoa butter can be ingested in the form of dark chocolate, its health benefits can also be attained by taking cocoa extract supplements or cooking with pure cocoa butter.