Taking A Bite Out of Stress

Work, kids (okay, or parents!), relationships, bills…sometimes life can be a lot! Need to de-stress? Have some dark chocolate! Seriously, we’re not kidding! A new study published in Antioxidants shows a 29% reduction in cortisol, the hormone our brains trigger from our adrenal glands in response to stress, following four weeks of high-flavanol chocolate consumption. It’s… Read more »

Why Do We Crave Chocolate?

Ah chocolate… It’s creamy, rich, just the right combo of bitter and sweet. You’ve got to have it! And now! But why? Ever wonder why we chocoholics crave chocolate the way we do? We wondered! So, as always, we did a bit of investigating… Turns out, research has shown that chocolate cravings are your body’s… Read more »

Harvard Leads on Cocoa Flavanol Research

We are learning more and more about the benefits of cocoa flavanols almost daily! Right now, over 22,000 men and women across the U.S. are participating in COSMOS, a Harvard run five-year randomized trial. Results from COSMOS are expected next year. If COSMOS confirms and extends the favorable findings of prior smaller studies – that… Read more »

Best and Worst Foods for Circulation

As FlavaFans, we know you know all about the amazing impact cocoa flavanols have on brain function, cardio health and skin wellness, and how these benefits are driven by increasing circulation from head to toe.  In a recent article, Dr. Stephen Sinatra of the HeartMD Institute identifies foods that enhance blood flow and circulation. Perhaps not… Read more »

Lisa Bentley crossing finish line in marathon and high fiving volunteer

An Interview with Lisa Bentley, 11-Time Ironman Champion, Speaker and Writer

Lisa Bentley was an 11-time (yes, eleven!) Ironman Champion in her 20-year career as a professional triathlete. Lisa competed at the highest athletic level despite having Cystic Fibrosis – a genetic lung disease resulting in chronic infections and limited lung capacity. Since retiring, Lisa has continued her career as an inspiring motivational speaker, a marathon runner,… Read more »

FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge Results Exceed Expectations!

The FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge results are in, and we are wow’ed! ✔ 87% of FlavaMix 10 Day Challenge participants reported that FlavaMix helped them feel their best more often! ✔ 81% thought FlavaMix helped them feel more effective at everyday activities, including exercise! ✔ 77% found that FlavaMix helped them feel more effective at… Read more »

Our Secret…

How we deliver 5-9X the flavanols of standard chocolate and cocoa powder?” The answer is simple…it all starts with the bean! . . However, flavanol super-nutrients are also very fragile! They can be almost completely destroyed by conventional chocolate processing. Preserving them in our chocolate demands delicate handling every step of the way. . The extraordinary… Read more »

To Manage Mood, Consider Chocolate!

Chocolate makes me happy! If you feel that way too, you’re not alone. In a recent survey of 2,000 American women, 85% reported that chocolate makes them happy, too. Another important study of 72 healthy adults conducted at Swinburne University revealed that daily consumption of a chocolate drink containing 500mg of cocoa flavanol antioxidants increased their… Read more »

An Interview with Wes Vear, Pro Rower

Wes Vear, professional rower and Olympic hopeful, boasts an impressive athletic and academic résumé. While training this past summer at the Craftsbury Outdoor Center in northern Vermont, Wes started incorporating FlavaMix Unsweetened Drinking Chocolate into his rigorous training routine and he’s been hooked ever since.   1. Please give us a bit of background about… Read more »

Cocoa Flavanol Study Predicts 31% Decrease in Heart Attacks

A landmark study of cocoa flavanols conducted at University of Duesseldorf, Germany predicted a 31% reduction in the risk of heart attack among healthy, middle aged adults and undoubtedly helped inspire Harvard’s ongoing trial of 22,000 people consuming daily cocoa flavanols! Published in the British Journal of Nutrition, the study investigated the effects of daily… Read more »

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 »

Older, fit man in a white shirt eating chocolate bar after a workout

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 »