These supernutrients support brain, heart, and skin health by promoting healthy circulation and the delivery of oxygen and nutrients from head to toe.*
Flavanols are plant-based, health-supporting antioxidants naturally occurring in tea, blueberries, red wine, apples and cocoa. Cocoa flavanols are a highly unique blend of supernutrients found only in the cocoa bean. In fact, raw cacao is the earths single top source of antioxidants – with 40X the antioxidants of blueberries per milligram.
Cocoa flavanol content in chocolate and cocoa powder varies considerably based on factors such as growing conditions, agricultural processes, fermentation methods, and roasting techniques. This is why FlavaNaturals® products are developed using a proprietary process for both preserving flavanols and optimizing taste.
Don’t just take our word for it. Extensive scientific research conducted at top research institutions, including the National Institutes of Health, Columbia University and Harvard University, has demonstrated the remarkable benefits of daily cocoa flavanol consumption on circulation, brain, heart, and skin health.* Cocoa flavanol portions consumed in successful clinical trials of brain, heart and skin health generally range between 500mg and 1,000mg per day. There is also a growing body of evidence that suggests cocoa flavanols may also benefit exercise performance and recovery.*
Dr. Norman Hollenberg, Harvard Medical School Professor, has studied cocoa flavanols extensively over the past decade and declares, “the health benefits are tremendous.”
For more information on the scientific research conducted with cocoa flavanols,
Cocoa flavanols exert their benefits by supporting healthy levels of nitric oxide, a molecule naturally produced by your body that promotes healthy blood flow and the transport of oxygen and nutrients from head to toe.*
Cocoa flavanols have both a short-term benefit that peaks in hours and a longer-term benefit that builds with daily consumption over the course of approximately two weeks.*
Important studies by Sansone et al and Heiss et al clearly demonstrate how cocoa flavanol impact builds with daily use. The studies measured percentage change in flow mediated artery dilation (FMD), a common measure of blood vessel function and flexibility. Graph A shows results from the Sansone study where FMD increased on day one from 5.9 prior to drinking the daily high flavanol cocoa drink to 7.3 two hours later, a 24% increase. FMD continued to climb with daily flavanol consumption over a two-week period and leveled off at the higher level thereafter.
So for best results, consider eating or drinking cocoa flavanols daily.
Flow Mediated Artery Dilation*
*Sansone et al. Cocoa flavanol intake improves endothelial function and Framingham Risk Score in healthy men and women. British Journal of Nutrition. June, 2015
Three thousand years ago, the Mayans believed cacao was a “gift from the gods” and used it to promote wellness. The Maya even honored a Cacao God, celebrating the beans’ powerful transformation of mind and body.*
More than 1,000 years later, Montezuma drank small amounts of cacao up to fifty times a day. Cortez quickly took note of the beans and made cacao the mainstay of his soldiers’ diet. History reports that those who drank it felt increased energy, focus, stamina, and happiness.*
Hundreds of years ago, the Spaniards introduced drinking chocolate to Europe as a health elixir and cacao quickly found its way into confections as well. Colonial documents noted the use of cacao to support energy and cardiovascular health.*
In 1753, Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus named the cacao tree Theobroma Cacao, Greek and for ‘food of the gods,’ a designation chocolate-eaters old and new would agree is befitting.*
Early 20th century, manuscripts reveal over 100 health supporting uses for cacao, including support of energy, mental health and digestive health.*
Today, dozens of controlled clinical studies and hundreds of scientific publications are validating many historical beliefs about cacao and uncovering new important health benefits of this extraordinary super-fruit.*
"Is it any wonder the ancient Mayans thought cacao was a gift from the gods?"
* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.