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Friday
Apr242009

Make Mine with Maca!


The potent superfood Maca truly helps us to stay young and vibrant! Maca is an amazing herb that has been grown high in the Peruvian Andes for thousands of years. The maca plant is a member of the Cruciferous family, to which cabbage, cauliflower and broccoli also belong, and the consumable Maca powder comes from the plant's radish-like tuberous root.

Historically, both cacao and maca were used as money by ancient indigenous people and even traded for one another. This history blends into the taste as combing cacao and maca together is a nutritious and delicious treat! Many of our of chocolate bars contain maca, including: Aphrodisia, SuperChoc, PowerChoc, and Coconut Almond!

Maca is known to enhance strength and stamina, sexual performance, fertility, and libido for both women and men! During the Incan empire, for instance, soldiers would consume Maca before entering battle in order to attain more warrior-strength! Due to being a potent adaptogen which helps the body support adrenal function and adapt to stress and difficult situations, Maca increases immunity and physical vitality more than 10-15% and helps balance the body's systems. Maca has also been known to help in hormone balancing and relieving menopausal symptoms as it also supports and regulates the endocrine system. A nutritional wonder, a single maca root contains nearly 60 phytonutrients and is an awesome source of digestible protein, and even gives the skin a more youthful appearance!

While you certainly could eat raw maca powder plain with a spoon, many people enjoy putting it into smoothies, on cereal, and on fruit. Peruvians are known to eat maca root up to three times every day to increase their energy and vitality! Check out this maca-containing power smoothie recipe from the inspired chefs at Goneraw.com.

Then get your power on by buying your own supply of organic Maca from our well-priced bulk ingredients shop or ready-made goodness with our chocolate bars!

Wednesday
Apr222009

Featured Ingredient: Blue-Green Algae


In every Gnosis Chocolate bar, there is an unusual ingredient, an ingredient that gives our chocolates their inner sparkle, literally! Blue-green algae is its name, and while it sounds exotic, the ingredient itself is as simple as blue-green algae. We PROMISE you can't taste it!!!
This algae can only be found in the Klamath Lake in Oregon. The alga grows wild in the upper portion of this spring-fed water body.
Scientifically known as Aphanizomenon flos-aquae, it is commonly shortened to AFA-algae or just AFA.

Why do we add Blue-Green Algae?

• It is made up of: 50-70% protein and contains all essential amino acids
• It contains Vitamins: A, E, cyanocobalamin, niacin, choline, folic acid, thiamine
• It’s also a source of: Chlorophyll, copper, magnesium, zinc, and potassium

Beyond these evident, powerful constituents, AFA-algae is loved for the following properties:

• Possibly preventing and treating cancer and viral infections
• Helping weight loss.
• Lowering cholesterol in some

You can find this in all of our bars, or from the Bulk Ingredients page!