Brain Fuel: Food For Thought

Have you dreamed of the day when your doctor told you to nourish your brain with chocolate? Alas, many excellent doctors are starting to recommend replacing less healthy snacks with dark chocolate to support brain function and overall wellness. The evidence is compelling; cocoa flavanols in dark chocolate have been shown to brighten mood, reduce… Read more »

5 Effective and Enjoyable Strategies To Stay On Your “A” Game

Whether you’re dealing with the stress of final exams, an exceptionally busy work week or craziness at home, remaining consistently focused and on top of your game can be a struggle.  Fortunately, there are a number of proven strategies to combat brain fog, distraction and that feeling of being overwhelmed. Even better news: all five… Read more »

Cocoa Flavanols’ Super Power: Circulation

You might think you need a PhD in molecular biology or biochemistry to understand how cocoa flavanols could possibly promote brain function, heart health and skin wellness. The truth is, it’s quite simple and all comes down to improved circulation. Cocoa flavanols exert their benefits by supporting healthy blood flow and effective transport of oxygen… Read more »

Study Shows Cocoa Flavanol Benefits Build with Daily Consumption

A recent study published in the British Journal of Nutrition showed a remarkable 24% increase in flow mediated artery dilation (FMD), a common measure of blood vessel function and circulation, just two hours after participants consumed their very first portion of cocoa flavanols. Investigators selected the two-hour point to measure near-term benefits because cocoa flavanol… Read more »

Chocolate and Valentine’s Day Have a History

Why do we give chocolate on Valentine’s Day? Sure, it’s a delicious way to show love for a partner, but where and when did the tradition begin? The history of the origin of chocolate points to a few interesting clues. Chocolate (cacao) played an important role in both Maya and Aztec civilizations; the Mayans believed… Read more »

It’s Cocoa Flavanols, Not Cacao

We’ve all heard that dark chocolate can be good for you and read about studies showing that chocolate enhances memory, mood, heart health and exercise performance. But ask someone “what in chocolate is good” or “how your favorite dark chocolate stacks up against other popular brands”, and you’re likely to draw a blank stare or… Read more »

Hot cocoa and the heart-healthy Kuna: a Harvard case study.

Azure water. White sand. Mint green palm trees. Travel with me. To the Caribbean. A tiny island off of Panama. A unique and indigenous community of Kuna Indians. They’ve been living here in relative isolation for more than 500 years, enjoying their own private paradise — extraordinarily low rates of cardio vascular disease and remarkably long life expectancy. Genes were not the answer. What was? Read more. >>

Fab four high flavanol foods.

Most people have heard the expression “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Most people, however, do not know what makes apples so healthy and that like apples – wine, green tea and cocoa are rich in flavanol antioxidant super-nutrients. Read more >>