ARE YOUR PRODUCTS GLUTEN FREE?
All of our products are naturally gluten-free. Products like Amaranth & Chia Seeds can be ground into flours and make excellent gluten-free substitutes for baking.
HOW SHOULD I STORE YOUR PRODUCTS?
All of our products are considered shelf stable. They do not have to be refrigerated, but after the package is open storing it in a cool dry place such as the refrigerator helps to extend the powder’s shelf life, especially if you do not use the powder within a few months. You can also keep the powder in a cool, dry cupboard in an air-tight container and achieve similar results.
WHAT IS RAW?
The definition of raw is not set by a regulatory or government agency, but raw foods are considered to be those which have been minimally processed, with reduced application of heat in order to preserve living elements in the superfoods. In addition to being deliciously simple and natural, raw foods can be a great addition to any diet. They can provide vitamins, minerals and enzymes and promote energy and vitality into your daily routine.
WHAT IS ORGANIC?
Organic certification is a verification of the system of production, processing, and distribution that assures consumers that the products maintain the organic integrity throughout the supply chain. The environmental benefits of organic farming are well-established and the organic seal gives shoppers the freedom to choose how their food consumption impacts the world.
What is Maca Powder?
Maca is a root that grows high in the Peruvian Andes at altitudes of 14,000 feet (3500 m) above sea level. It has been cultivated for 1000s of years and used by indigenous people to boost their energy while living at such extreme elevations where oxygen is in short supply. It looks similar to a radish or turnip and comes in a variety of colors ranging from white to dark purple. Peruvian Maca root has the distinction of being the highest growing food plant anywhere in the world.
What is MACA USED FOR?
Maca was discovered over 2000 years ago when Incan farmers first grazed their flocks in the high mountains. They noticed that when their animals grazed on Maca they would become much healthier, hardier, and stronger, and also they would tend to copulate more and have a much higher fertility rate. After this discovery, people began using Maca themselves. Maca is now used in humans to promote fertility, build muscle, increase stamina, relieve menopause symptoms, boost energy, support prostate health, increase bone density, alleviate depression, boost libido, balance hormones in both sexes and more.
Is Maca Safe?
Maca is a food that has an extensive use by humans and with animals. There have been no findings that Maca is harmful in any way. That said, it is important to use Maca with respect. It is a superfood and there is such a thing as overdoing it.
HOW DOES MACA WORK?
Nutritionally, Maca is rich in amino acids, phytonutrients, fatty acids, vitamin and minerals. According to nutritional research published in the Journal “Food Chemistry” in 1994 and 2001 Maca contains the following:
- Composition: 59% carbohydrates, 10.2% protein, 8.5% fiber, 2.2% lipids
- Essential Amino Acids: nearly all including Aspartic Acid, Glutamic acid, Serine, Histidine, Glycine, Threonine, Alanine, Tyrosine, Phenylalanine, Valine, Methionine, Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, HO- Proline, Proline, Sarcosine
- Free Fatty Acids: 20 have been found of which the most abundant are linolenic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid
- Vitamins: A, B1, B2, B3, C, D
- Minerals: iron, magnesium, copper, zinc, sodium, potassium, calcium
- Macaenes and macamides: novel polyunsaturated acids and their amides
- Sterols: campesterol, stigmasterol, beta-sitosterol
- Alkaloids: Aromatic glucosinolates including: benzyl glucosinolate, p-methoxybenzyl glucosinolate
- Isothyocyanates: benzyl isothiocyanate, p-methoxybenzyl isothiocyanate
- Glucosinolates: fructose, glucose, benzyl isothiocyanate
- 4 Unique Alkaloids (Macaina 1, 2, 3, 4)
HOW DOES MACA EFFECT BLOOD PRESSURE?
Maca can actually reduce blood pressure since it improves circulation. Because of this, if you are on blood pressure medication be sure to monitor your blood pressure while taking Maca and to ask your doctor for advice if your blood pressure changes.
CACAO POWDER & CACAO NIBS
HOW CAN CHOCOLATE BE GOOD FOR ME?
Chocolate is often perceived to be bad for health because of all the refined sugar, hydrogenated vegetable fats and additives that are used to make commercial chocolate. These man-made ingredients are the key causes of obesity and heart disease. Our recipes are free from refined sugar, dairy, hydrogenated fats and additives in order to support it's nutritional benefits.
WHY DOES CHOCOLATE MAKE ME HAPPY?
Cacao contains over 300 different compounds that interact with your body and mind. These include Anandamide, a neurotransmitter which is known as 'the bliss chemical' for its effects on mood, and Phenylethylamine (PEA), which is released when you are in love and also controls the ability to focus attention and stay alert.
Other compounds include:
Dopamine (a neurotransmitter)
Serotonin (anti-stress neurotransmitter)
Tryptophan (anti-depressant amino acid)