An Interview with Elise Compston, Registered Dietitian and FlavaNaturals Ambassador

Elise Compston is a registered and licensed dietitian with a background in recipe development, community nutrition, and corporate wellness. She spent several years developing menus for a Los Angeles-based meal delivery service and most recently served as the Wellness Coordinator for a local school district. She is currently a recipe developer and blogger with her husband… Read more »

An Interview with Joel Matalon, 2017 Fitness Idol Winner and CEO of RunHabX

As the 2017 Fitness Idol winner and CEO of RunHabX, Joel Matalon has over 30 years of industry experience. Joel is an accomplished Ironman Triathlete, Marathoner and Ultra Marathoner, Spartan™ coach, life coach and Skechers™ sponsored athlete. He presents, trains and certifies globally in ChiRunning® and ChiWalking®. He is a FlavaNaturals Brand Ambassador and creator… Read more »

An Interview with Skylar Schneider, 20-Year Old Olympic Hopeful

At just 20 years old, professional cyclist Skylar Schneider has already garnered quite an impressive athletic résumé, including a silver medal in the 2016 Junior World Road Racing Championships and a spot on worlds #1 rated professional cycling team, Boels-Dolmans. Nutrition and recovery are two key aspects of Skylar’s intense training regimen, including her daily… Read more »

Seven Superfoods That Support Exercise Performance

Striving for peak performance?  These seven superfoods will fuel your tank with what it takes to achieve your goals! Quinoa Quinoa is often referred to as a grain, but in reality it is a seed with exceptional nutritional content. It has nearly twice as much protein, ~8 grams per cup, as other grains and is… Read more »

5 Foods That Protect Your Skin From UV Rays

If you spend a lot of time in the sun, it’s just as important to consider what you’re putting in your body as what you’re putting on it. Sunscreen is the most important and effective way to protect your skin from harmful UV exposure, but certain nutrients also have the ability to combat and prevent… Read more »

Cocoa Flavanols And Improved Exercise Performance

If you’ve ever heard that beet juice may improve exercise performance, we have great news for you; preliminary studies have shown that cocoa flavanols, the antioxidants found in dark chocolate, may do an even better job at boosting performance! Cocoa flavanol antioxidants enhance brain, heart and skin function via activation of the nitric oxide (NO)… Read more »

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 >>