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Black, Red and Yellow Maca

This proprietary blend of yellow, red, black, and premium macs powders delivers higher levels of glucosinolates, the primary active compound in maca, than other maca powders. Organically-grown Maca is rich with alkaloids, glucosinolates, and phytosterols unique nutrients that support hormone balance, detoxification and lower cholesterol levels.

Maca is also a noted libido enhancer, many people notice the stimulating effects of maca soon after using it. Maca is also good for boosting endurance, this makes it a favorite for athletes. And, maca is a superior adaptogen.

Benefits of Maca Root

  • Contains an abundance of unique plant sterols (like
    beta-sitasterol) that can assist in boosting hormone health in both men
    and women.
  • Is a world-class adaptogen (just like Ginseng), which means it
    naturally helps your body adapt and improve its response to stress.
  • Is filled with compounds called “Madamides” and “Macaenes”
    that are believed to be responsible for its powerful aphrodisiac
    properties.
  • Unlike most herbs, Maca is incredibly easy to digest and
    assimilate—which means that regardless of your age, chances are high
    you’ll feel the benefits of Maca.

Maca is a mat-like perennial that grows between 13,000 and 14,500 feet above sea level in the high Andean plateaus of Peru. Its tuberous roots resemble those of its relative the radish. To Andean Indians, organic maca is a highly valuable commodity. The sweet, spicy
dried root is considered a delicacy. Organic Maca boiled in water is sweeter than cocoa. Organic Maca pudding and jam are popular. It is rich in calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and iron, and contains trace minerals, including zinc, iodine, copper, selenium, bismuth, manganese and silica, as well as B vitamins. It also contains four alkaloids proven in scientific investigation to nourish the endocrine glands, including the reproductive system of men and women.

  • Contains an abundance of unique plant sterols (like
    beta-sitasterol) that can assist in boosting hormone health in both men
    and women.
  • Is a world-class adaptogen (just like Ginseng), which means it
    naturally helps your body adapt and improve its response to stress.
  • Is filled with compounds called “Madamides” and “Macaenes”
    that are believed to be responsible for its powerful aphrodisiac
    properties.
  • Unlike most herbs, Maca is incredibly easy to digest and
    assimilate—which means that regardless of your age, chances are high
    you’ll feel the benefits of Maca.

What is so special about Raw Cacao?

Have you ever wondered what is so special about raw chocolate?

Isn’t raw chocolate just like regular chocolate? The answer is “No”! Raw Chocolate is a superfood par excellence and its  anti-oxidant quantity far exceeds that of cooked/conventional chocolate

About 8 years ago there was a big stir in the raw food world when Davide Wolfe, a big raw chocolate fan, tried his first raw cacao smoothie. This was in Maui and since David began introducing the world to raw chocolate the world has not been the same.

There is something extra special about Chocolate and if you’ve ever had a raw chocolate fruit you know. There is magic in those chocolate pods. Fresh chocolate beans have a distinct violet color, which is very uncommon in foods. The uncommon nature of chocolate is also reflected in its ultra high anti-oxidant content.

Many years ago when raw chocolate was just hitting the stores, I was working for Nature’s First Law. As part of the early team of raw chocolate pioneers, I conducted a lot of research into the health benefits of this super food. And, one of the most astounding facts I continued to come across was that Chocolate is an Amazing Anti-Oxidant.


Chocolate Anti-Oxidant
Yes, it is true, Chocolate is ranked #1 in anti-oxidant flavoniod compounds. Chocolate has more anti oxidants per capita than any other food! The anti oxidants in chocolate account for up to nearly 10% of its total content. That means chocolate is about 10% anti-oxidant, this is a staggering percentage, something that is rarely encountered in a food. Early on in my research I learned that the milk fats used in making certain chocolate inhibit the anti oxidant capacity of chocolate. This early research I came across was all conducted with regular cooked chocolate. They had yet to discover the powers of chocolate in the raw. The antioxidant compounds found in unprocessed chocolate include heart healthy phenols, of which chocolate seems to have the most.  

Further investigation into the world of chocolate and health reveals what most of you can intuit. That is the less processed chocolate is the better it is for you. So as processing increases health benefits decrease. At the very top of the list would be fresh raw chocolate straight from the jungle, next would be raw chocolate beans and nibs and next on the list would be raw chocolate powder.

 

Chocolate is often associated with love and comes in heart shaped boxes, this interesting correlation pairs well with modern research. Which has noted that the anit-oxidants in chocolate are particularly good for the heart. The compounds in chocolate help to reduced blood pressure and have a positive effect on cholesterol. Now you can enjoy the heart loving benefits of chocolate in its most pure raw form when you choose either the raw nibs or raw cacao powder.

This piece was written and compiled for Zebra Organics by Mark D’Aquila, flower essence practitioner, www.essencealchemy.com

Coconut Palm Flower Sugar

Enlighten your sweet tooth with this delicious alternative to ordinary sugar: Coconut Sugar. 

Delicately sweet, with a hint of smoky caramel, this natural plant sugar is the perfect substitute for white or brown sugar. Similar to the syrup tapped from maple trees, coconut sugar begins by tapping the nectar from the flower buds hanging from the heart of coconut trees. Palm sugar is traditionally hand-harvested in the canopy of Indonesian coconut groves where farmers have harvested the nectar from coconut palm trees for herbal medicine and food for centuries. Coconut sugar is unrefined and has a low glycemic index. 

Essential Living Foods Palm sugar is a healthy alternative sweetener that has a lower glycemic index (GI35) than regular sugar (GI100). Organic evaporated palm sugar is especially high potassium, magnesium and zinc, as well as vitamins B2, B3 and B6. This palm sugar is unbleached, unfiltered and free of preservatives.

This delicate unique sweetener is mild and smooth and perfect for your morning cup of tea or as a recipe substitute for ordinary sugar.