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Acai Powder - Raw Planet - Raw Freezedried Organic

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We are pleased to offer the only truly raw Acai powder in New Zealand from Columbia. Acai (ah-sigh-ee) is an all natural energy berry tasting like a unique blend of berries and chocolate. Considered as one of the most nutritious food today, the acai berry contains high levels of the essential nutrients and antioxidants that the body needs to be healthy and properly functioning.

This Acai pulp is NOT pasteurised before it is freeze dried which results in an ORAC score of 9,107 uM trolox / 5g. This is nearly twice as much as Acai sourced from the Brazilian Amazon making it an extremely high source of anti-oxidants. (By law, all Brazilian acai products, even the freezedried powder is pausterised before processing so this Columbian Acai is the only RAW Acai on the market.)

Our Nature's Superfoods Acai powder is harvested from the deep jungles and rainforests found in Brazil and our Loving Earth raw Acai Powder is wildharvested from Acai palms growing in the coastal estuaries of the Tumaco region in Colombia, where they get mineralised by the Pacific Ocean.

Acai has been used by many natives of Brazil & Columbia as their primary food source during long hunting trips. They also use the acai berry for its medicinal benefits such as treating all kinds of illnesses. It has a rich purple pigment which has the essential fatty acids omega 3, 6 and 9 and antioxidants. Aside from these, the acai berry also has a lot of vitamin A. Through all this ingredients, the acai berry is able to rid the body of free radicals and toxins and help in the promotion of new cell regeneration.

Hidden within its royal purple pigment is the magic that makes it nature's perfect food. Acai is packed full of antioxidants, energy, essential omegas 6 & 9 (good-for-you fatty acids), fibre, amino acids, vitamins and minerals. Antioxidants neutralise free radicals, which are known to damage cells in the body. Free radicals are caused by stresses on the body such as pollution, exposure to the sun, exersize, smoking, and poor diet.

Acai also has an exotic taste that will give your taste buds something to remember.

Some Facts About Acai
* Naturally organic wildharvested – Awesome!
* Low GL – No sugar rushes or sugar lows
* 4-6 times more antioxidants than blueberries
* Carb's for sustained energy
* Dietary fibre will reduce cholesterol absorption
* Essential fatty acids Omegas 6 & 9 and Protein
* Source of Calcium, Iron, Magnesium & Vitamin E

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 3g

 Per ServePer 100g
Energy67.8kj2260kj
Protein0.26g8.7g
Fat - total1.4g46.7g
-saturated0.34g11.4g
-trans0.0g0.0g
-monounsaturated0.90g30.02g
-polyunsaturated0.14g4.8g
-omega 39g300mg
-omega 6138.01mg4600mg
-omega 9776.48mg25880mg
Carbohydrate0.27g9g
Sugars0.03g<1g
-dietary fibre0.87g29g
Sodium1.56mg52mg
Calcium6.3mg210mg
Iron0.10mg3.6mg
Vitamin A212.63IU7087IU
ORAC3044.85uMol101,495uMol
Phenolics135.01mg4500mg
Anthocyanins14.7mg490mg


 

Agave Syrup - Blue Raw Planet - Organic & Raw Amber in a glass bottle - Mexico

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Agave Nectar has been used for centuries as a flavouring though native populations have also been aware of its health benefits and used it medicinally. The Aztecs used a mixture of agave nectar and salt as a dressing for wounds and a balm for skin infections and agave's use as a folk remedy persists today.

Scientific studies have confirmed agave's remedial properties. Agave nectar applied to the skin has been found effective against pyogenic (pus producing) bacteria such as Staph aureus. The tradition of adding salt to the nectar has been found to further boost its anti-microbial property. Agave nectar has also been proven effective against enteric (intestinal) bacteria.

Our organic wildcrafted & blue agave syrup  is a delicious, low glycemic index (GI) sweetener that taste somewhere in between honey and maple syrup. The wild agave is harvested by an organic indigenous grower association, consisting of descendants of the Aztecs in the region of Ixmiquilpan in Mexico. The wild agave plant is central to their culture and they have harvested it for thousands of years.

Organic Blue Agave nectars are species-specific made exclusively from Central Mexico's renowned Blue Agave plant. Blue agave (Agave tequilana var. Weber) a member of the Amaryllis family is a slow-growing plant that spreads runners from a 'mother' plant. Grown to USDA Organic Standards the agave is cultivated and processed without chemicals or genetic modification.

After growing for 5 to 7 years a mature blue agave stands several feet tall and its carbohydrates are concentrated in the plant's core. The blue agave's treasure is held in the pina (so called because it resembles a pineapple after the leaves have been trimmed away).

Farmers hand-cut the blue agave with a simple razor-sharp blade. (A skilled farmer can cut and trim a 100- pound blue agave pina in less than 5 minutes.) The field trimmings are left behind to restore the soil and reduce erosion.

The fibrous blue agave pina is taken to the mill where it is pressed and its inulin-rich juice is collected and cleaned.

Inulin a dietary fiber made up of complex carbohydrates is not sweet by nature. Exposing (or hydrolyzing) the inulin to heat transforms it into sweet nectar. When making the Light Blue Agave nectar the juice is heated to a higher temperature for a short time. However when making the Raw Blue Agave nectar the process is lower and much slower: the juice is warmed to a lower temperature and the low heat is maintained for nearly twice as long. In this simple process the inulin becomes fructose a slowly metabolizing sugar found in many fruits and vegetables. Filtering determines the blue agave nectars' flavour and colour. This amber syrup is unfiltered.

Baobab Powder

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Baobab fruit powder forms naturally inside the hard-shelled fruit of the African baobab tree: Adamsonia Digitata L. The powder is pale in colour and has a unique tangy taste described as "caramel pear with subtle undertones of grapefruit." Baobab offers opportunities for improvements in the overall nutritional profile of products.

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The iconic Baobab tree – also known as the “upside-down tree” and “The Tree of Life” – is abundant in the southern African bush. Indigenous peoples have eaten its fruit for centuries for its many nutritional properties. It contains over six times more Vitamin C than oranges and twice as much calcium as milk. It is also high in anti-oxidants, iron and potassium and was traditionally used by sailors to stave off scurvy.

Baobab ORAC Value

The Baobab ORAC Value is 24,000 u mol TE/100g which is just slightly more than dried Goji Berries at 23,000 umol TE/100g.

Baobab Fruit

Inside the hard shell are seeds, which are coated with whitish powder, which is the fruit pulp. The white globules seen in the following photograph are the pulp with a dark seed inside. The globules are surrounded by red fibers, whcih are very high in certain nutrients.

Baobab products are produced by mechanically separating the seeds and red fibers from the baobab fruit pulp. The dried baobab fruit pulp, which is what we are selling, is used as a nutritional supplement .

The seed or seed and red fibers are used to make an extract oil, which is very good for dry skin.

The accompanying photograph shows baobab powder, a seed, a globule of pulp and a seed, and red fibers. Note that the pulp is
dried naturally on the tree, resulting a ready to consume powder containing typically 8-12 % water.

Serving Suggestions: The powder is easily soluble in water. It has an acidic, almost citrusy taste.

Just add a spoonful to your favourite raw desserts, bars or smoothies.

Like lucuma, it can also be used as a non-dairy creamer giving 'mouth feel' for 'hot' chocolate and other recipes.

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Bee Pollen Granules - Raw Planet - Organic

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Professor Nicolai Tsitsin, a biologist and experimental botanist of the Longevity Institute of the former USSR, studied centenarians in the Caucasus mountains of Georgia and discovered many Georgians living past 100 years and up to 150 years were beekeepers who eat raw, unprocessed honey with high concentrations of pollen. He attributed this longevity to the action of pollen, and concluded that, taken regularly, pollen will prolong the human lifespan considerably.

Now, pollen is eaten by millions of health-conscious people worldwide. Many international and Olympic athletes from all over the world also eat pollen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is pollen? Pollen is the male element of flowers. It has enormous nutritive and medicinal properties and forms the ovules, the starting point of the production of fruits, grains, legumes and vegetables. Bees gather pollens which are mixed with nectar to make pellets that are carried into the beehive. A teaspoonful contains approximately 1,200 pellets, each pellet containing 20 billion grains of pollen, each capable of fertilising and creating a fruit, a vegetable, a flower, or a stalk of grain. Pollen is a very nutritionally complete food and has the potential to contribute as a major food source for humans.

Flower pollen possesses 185 known nutritional ingredients, including twenty-two amino acids (and more of all the eight essential ones by weight than the traditional high protein foods), twenty-seven minerals, the full range of known vitamins, plus enzymes, carbohydrates, fats, and plant growth hormones and other trace substances not yet identified.

Medical studies have shown the following benefits of pollen:

- Allergies: Pollen has an ability to immunize the body against anemophile (wind and air blown) pollens and relieves allergic symptoms.|

- Anaemia: Pollen has been shown in studies to provoke a rapid increase in blood haemoglobin.

- Cancer: A US Department of Agriculture research project concluded that pollen is useful as a cancer preventative and restrictor of tumour development.

- Chelation: Pollen allows more oxygen to reach the body and brain cells by acting as an atherosclerotic flushing agent (a chelator).

- Stamina and Vitality: were increased for those using pollen on a regular basis.

- Convalescence: Pollen brings about a rapid increase in weight and energy during convalescence.

- Intestinal: Pollen shows a regulatory action on intestinal functions - both on constipation as well as in cases of diarrhoea resistant to antibiotics.

- Menstruation: Pollen has been shown to bring relief in cases of painful and irregular menstruation.

- Radiation: Laboratory animals exposed to high doses of radiation have been shown to have been protected by including pollen in their diet.

- Relaxation: Pollen produces a calming, tranquillising, and sedating effect without any side effects.

- Wound-healing: Pollen has been shown to increase the rate of healing, reduce scarring and prevent infection.

The United States Department of Agriculture (1992) tested and compared Bee Pollen with other fruit and vegetables and found that Bee Pollen, on a per calorie basis:

- has twice as much iron as any other common food type. Iron is essential for the effective flow of oxygen throughout the body. Bee Pollen contains over seven times more iron than beef.

- is higher in protein than most high-protein foods. Bee Pollen contains up to 50% more muscle-building protein than beef does

- is a valuable source of calcium. Strong bone development depends on high levels of dietary calcium. Bee Pollen contains twice as much calcium as milk.

- contains the strong antioxidant vitamins A (beta carotene), C and E, and was found to contain higher levels of beta carotene than all common foods except tomatoes.

- is an excellent source of three B Vitamins: Thiamin, Riboflavin and Niacin.

Bee Pollen has the highest natural level of folic acid (folate) of any common food, which may support the prostate gland and cell regeneration. It also contains natural antioxidants, of which the flavonoid quercetin is useful for helping the body’s natural response to allergens. Bee Pollen has also been shown to assist with energy levels, stamina, and athletic performance.

Pollen is becoming popular for curing cases of acne, obesity, lost appetite, weakness, loss of weight, intestinal disorders, psychosis, neurasthenia, retarded growth, cerebral haemorrhage, memory loss, general debility, minimal brain dysfunction in children, convalescence, and general malaise.

A study comparing so-called activated bee pollen (cracked-shell pollen) and natural pollen, which our bee pollen is, showed there was no significant difference in terms of the bioavailability of a number of key components (Lister 1999)

Our pollen is export quality and harvested from native flowers in the pristine forests of the South Island of nuclear-free New Zealand and dried slowly at low temperature to preserve all the goodness of the pollen. It is the best available!

The pollen is not certified organic as you cannot confine the bees to one particular area but is as organic as they can be. The bee keepers are third generation bee keepers with their fathers still involved helping them in their family business. They have a very strict high standard they adhere to and only bee pollen is processed on-site in an extremely clean environment.

Cacao - Food of the Gods

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What is Cacao?

Cacao is the seed of a fruit of an Amazonian tree that was brought to Central America during or before the time of the Olmecs. Cacao beans were so revered by the Mayans and Aztecs that they used them as money!

In 1753 Carl von Linnaeus, the 18th-century Swedish scientist, thought that cacao was so important that he named the genus and species of this tree himself. He named this tree: Theobroma cacao, which literally means "cacao, the food of the gods."

The following quote from the "Historia General y Natural de las Indias" (General History and Nature of the Indies) by Fernàndez de Oviedo (1535) describes where cacao originally came from according to Mayan myhthology "Cocoa was more than a simple food. It was a divine food. Quetzalcoalt, the sacred king of the Toltechi, high priest and king of Tula, was the gardener of paradise where the first men lived. From there, he brought the cacahuaquehitl or cacaotero to his country."

"The True History of Chocolate"

This is the title of a book written by Coe and Coe. The authors a husband and wife team, both Harvard academics, intended to document the definitive history of chocolate in this book (as there are many versions of the history of chocolate). Michael Coe a meso-american expert finished the book after his wife Sophie died of cancer while working on the book. For Sophie the history of chocolate was her passion and she spent hundreds of hours tracking down centuries-old manuscripts in the libraries of Europe and North America.

The Coe's refer to the pre-mayan culture of Olmecs, particularly the group based in Izapa in Xoconusco (Soconusco), Mexico as the place where the criollo variety of cacao was originally domesticated by this culture sometime between 400 B.C. and A.D.100. There are still small pockets of these original heirloom varieties of criollo cacao in semi-abondoned plantations around the ruins of Izapa, just outside Tapachula in Xoconusco. The region of Xoconusco and the cacao grocacao producing regions in Mesoamericawn there was so prominent in their account of the true history of Chocolate that the coe's referred to it as "the diamond in the crown of the Aztec empire". The map shows the boundaries of the Aztec empire and the major cacao growing regions of the time just before the spanish conquest. You will notice the Aztecs conquered the small region of Soconusco even though it was far removed from the main part of their territory, just to be able to control the prized cacao grown in the region.

Cacao and Traditional Mesoamerican Life
Cacao was considered sacred by the mayans and was the major offering in most of their ceremonies. Even though the cacao bean was central to Mesoamerican life, only the very wealthy and powerful could afford to use it. The Mayan and Aztec priests and royalty drank copious amounts of a drink made from the fermented and crushed cacao seeds. This drink was called xocoatl or "bitter water" in Nahua. Later in Europe xocoatl became "chocolate." Xocoatl was used for ceremonies and religious observances. Priests used it as a part of their prayer offerings. Kings drank it for breakfast. Marriage vows were sealed by drinking xocoatl. It was a major part of every feast. During the 15th century, Nezahualcoyotl's court in Texcoco is recorded as consuming "four xipuipillis" or 32,000 beans each day. In the market place, the beans were accepted as standard currency. On market day, three beans would purchase a turkey egg, 100 beans a slave or a dugout canoe, 65-300 beans a cotton mantle. Cacao beans continued to be used as standard currency until 1887 in Mexico.The cacao of Xoconusco was considered the finest, best quality cacao by the aztec royalty and the largest annual taxes of cacao were collected from this region.

Cacao Beans, Butter, Liquor, Nibs, Powder, Raw Chocolate Bars & Chocolate Coconut Butter
The raw cacao bean is one of nature's most fantastic superfoods due to its wide array of unique properties, many of which are destroyed or corrupted by cooking.

"People always ask me what I eat. Raw, organic Cacao Beans are the primary food in my diet. They have inspired me to eat less and live more. Cacao Beans are truly the food of the gods, the best food ever!" - David Wolfe, co-author of 'Naked Chocolate' book.  Please go below to buy.

Cacao beans contain no sugar and between 12% and 50% fat depending on variety and growth conditions. There is no evidence to implicate cacao bean consumption with obesity.

Magnesium
Cacao is remarkably rich in magnesium.  Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. This is likely the primary reason women crave chocolate during the menstrual period. Magnesium balances brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and is associated with more happiness. Magnesium is the most deficient major mineral on the Standard American Diet (SAD); over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in Magnesium!

Stimulant or Superfood?
Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw than cooked.

Consider the following: Experimental provings of chocolate by homeopaths indicate its stimulating effect when cooked. One experiment conducted with a decoction of roasted ground cacao beans in boiling water produced an excitement of the nervous system similar to that caused by black coffee, an excited state of circulation, and an accelerated pulse. interestingly, when the same decoction was made with raw, unroasted beans neither effect was noticeable, leading the provers to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.

MAO Inhibitors
Cacao seems to diminish appetite, probably due to its monoamine oxidase enzyme inhibitors (MAO inhibitors) - these are different from digestive enzyme inhibitors found in most nuts and seeds. These rare MAO inhibitors actually produce favorable results when consumed by allowing more serotonin and other neurotransmitters to circulate in the brain. According to Dr. Gabriel Cousens, MAO inhibitors facilitate youthening and rejuvenation.

Phenylethylamine (PEA)
Phenylethylamine (PEA) is found in chocolate. PEA is an adrenal-related chemical that is also created within the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation. PEA also plays a role in increasing focus and alertness.

Anandamide (The Bliss Chemical)
A neurotransmitter called anandamide, has been isolated in cacao. Anandamide is also produced naturally in the brain. Anandamide is known as "The Bliss Chemical" because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies' ability to breakdown anandamide. This means that natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good longer, when we eat cacao.

Allergies?
A recent study showed that only one out of 500 people who thought they were allergic to chocolate actually tested positive. Allergies to chocolate are quite rare. It is typically the case that the person is in fact allergic to milk and dairy products.

Cacao & Antioxidants
Raw cacao is very high in antioxidants.  Its ORAC rating is 621 - compare that to blueberries at about 32!

 

 ORAC scores for the Top 11 Antioxidant Foods (per 100 grams)
 1) Raw cocoa powder*                                       95,500
 2) Raw cacao nibs*                                           62,100
 3) Roasted cocoa powder                                  26,000
 4) Goji Berries*                                                 25,300
 5) Acai Berries*                                                18,500
 6) Dark Chocolate                                             13,120
 7) Prunes                                                           5,770
 8) Raisins                                                          2,830
 9) Blueberries                                                    2,400
10) Blackberries                                                  2,036
11) Kale                                                             1,770
 Source: US department of Agriculture/Journal of American Chemical Society
 * Source: Brunswick Laboratories MA, USA


Cancer & Heart Disease
Recent studies have shown that cacao helps protect us from cancer & heart disease.

How To Use Our Cacao:
1. Try eating beans & nibs straight or mixed in with nuts, seeds or/and dried fruits. Chew thoroughly and experience the taste extravaganza of raw chocolate.

2. Add cacao to smoothies to enhance the flavour & nutrition.

3. Create a raw chocolate desert:  Mash 2 - 4 avos with some squeezed some citrus juice.  Add 1 - 2 mashed bananas, or some soaked & mashed dates.  The add 2 - 4 tbspns cacao powder or very finely-ground cacao beans or nibs .  Mix well & enjoy!

4. Create a raw chocolate bar. Heat the following ingredients in a water bath to 43 degrees C:  8 tbspns coconut oil, 2 tbspns finely-chopped cocoa butter. Add very finely-ground & sieved cacao beans - 2-4 tbspns to taste, then honey or maple syrup - 2-3 tbspns to taste. Pour into molds and place in your fridge or freezer. Eat cold and experience the truth about the food of the gods!

There are about 100 recipes in 'Naked Chocolate.'  Please go below to buy.

Warning: Eating raw cacao may cause you to have THE BEST DAY EVER!

Cacao is great fun for everyone - especially kids!

Cacao Beans

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The raw cacao bean is one of nature's most fantastic superfoods due to its wide array of unique properties, many of which are destroyed or corrupted by cooking.

"People always ask me what I eat. Raw, organic Cacao Beans are the primary food in my diet. They have inspired me to eat less and live more. Cacao Beans are truly the food of the gods, the best food ever!" - David Wolfe, co-author of 'Naked Chocolate' book. 

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Cacao Beans - Raw Planet - Organic & Raw - Samoa - Unpeeled & Lightly Fermented

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The raw cacao bean is one of nature's most fantastic superfoods due to its wide array of unique properties, many of which are destroyed or corrupted by cooking.

"People always ask me what I eat. Raw, organic Cacao Beans are the primary food in my diet. They have inspired me to eat less and live more. Cacao Beans are truly the food of the gods, the best food ever!" - David Wolfe, co-author of 'Naked Chocolate' book.

These are raw whole unpeeled & lightly fermented organic cacao beans - from Samoa. These are the most potent whole unpeeled fermented cacao beans available.

Cacao Butter - Raw Planet - Organic & Raw - Peru

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Cacao Cashew Clusters - Raw Planet - Organic & Raw - Bali & Peru

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Cacao Cashew Clusters are the world’s next hot treat! Our raw organic cacao nibs bring to this snack powerful nutrients and antioxidants, while the raw organic cashews have a wealth of healthy oils and protein. Perfectly sweetened with organic evaporated coconut palm nectar, Cacao Cashew Clusters are a delightful snack perfect for on the go, at the office, or anywhere in between.

Bite into a cacao cashew cluster and experience the explosion of taste – the earthy raw cacao, paired with the rich taste of truly raw cashews, is perfected by the boost of smooth energy form the coconut palm nectar.

Our cashew-Cacao Clusters are made by rolling our raw Cacao nibs from Peru and truly raw cashews from Bali around in our luscious low glycemic coconut palm nectar and then adding just a dash of our Balinese Sea Salt. The result is a snack that is sooooo good and soooooo healthy, you will quickly find yourself carrying the clusters around with you everywhere you go!

Great source of energy and cell nourishing nutrients. Made in New Zealand.

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Ingredients: Organic raw cashews, organic cold processed cacao nibs, organic coconut flower nectar, sea salt

Serving Suggestions: Enjoy them from the bag, on top of your fruit salads, in trail mixes with goji berries.

Sizes & Packaging: 100g, 200g, 400g & 750g in standup resealable clear plastic pouches

Cacao Nibs - Raw Planet - Organic & Raw - Peru

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These are peeled & kibbled cacao beans. Raw Cacao Nibs are jam packed with antioxidants, magnesium and bliss nutrients that may help keep you young, healthy and happy.

You will love their yummy chocolate flavour!


Our Cacao Nibs are an original heirloom criollo amazonico Cacao from Satipo in Peru. By buying this Raw Cacao you are supporting a sustainable project that is rescuing this original heirloom variety of Cacao, which has been grown by the Ashaninka and Chene people of the Peruvian Amazon for thousands of years.

These certified organic indigenous growers use an age old system of permaculture, where the Cacao trees are planted under the native forest canopy, along with other fruit trees, such as mango, avocado and papaya. All of these trees add their distinctive nuances to the fine multi-floral flavour of this exquisite Cacao.

Nutrition Information
Serving Size 10g

Per Serve

Per 100g

Energy

252.2kj

2522.1kj

Protein

1.35g

13.5g

Fat-total

4.68g

46.8g

   - saturated

2.5g

25g

Carbohydrate-total

3.18g

31.8g

   - sugar

0g

0g

Sodium

1.7mg

17mg

Coconut Nectar Sweetened Cacao Nibs - Raw Planet, Organic & Raw - Peru

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Cacao Powder - Raw Planet - Organic & Raw - Peru

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The raw chocolate revolution is in full swing!

We are extremely happy to present you with New Zealand's first raw cacao powder that's been organically certified.  As the market has grown, the Peruvian producer has been able to invest in new machinery and more people. Because of this, he's just perfected a technique that makes truly raw organic cacao powder. This means that you can now create the world's healthiest organic raw chocolate treats easier and cheaper than before. Oh, the decadence of it...

What is Raw Cacao Powder (Chocolate Powder)?

It's created by cold-pressing our cacao beans into a cake separating the oil from the protein and fibre. The temperature is never allowed to exceed 47 degrees Celsius and is usually 40 degrees Celsius (all other cocoa powders are exposed to temperatures as high as 150 degrees Celcius!). A high-accuracy thermometer monitors the process. Slowly, the pure, liquid cacao butter begins to sift off down a stainless steel valve. The remaining dry 'cake-like' material is then cold-ground, fine-milled and sifted so that only the finest, most bio-available raw cacao particles filter through into the finished product. This allows for maximum digestion and antioxidant absorption. It has a delightful, full, antioxidant-rich chocolate flavour.

This unique technique uses absolutely no chemicals, no hexane, no solvents.

The Amazing Story of Raw Cacao Powder
ORAC antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 ORAC units in a single spoonful of Raw Cacao Powder!

This delicious, easy-to-use and mega-potent (955 ORAC units per gram!) form of chocolate has broken a world record. Never before has there been 25,200 ORAC units of antioxidant power in a spoonful of anything.

Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw cacao powder is way beyond that. Living proof that raw is better!

Why Antioxidants?
Antioxidants keep you looking young, they help fight disease, and they do all these things, too:

* Italian researchers found eating 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for 15 days lowered blood pressure in the 15-person study. The University of L'Aquila team also found the body's ability to metabolise sugar -- a problem for people with diabetes -- was improved. Because the effect was believed to be due to antioxidant levels, with Raw Cacao Powder we can likely multiply this effect.

* Dutch researchers indicate that dark chocolate contains four times the amount of catechin antioxidants than black tea, which is suspected of having a protective effect against heart disease and possibly cancer due to its antioxidant properties. With Raw Cacao Powder, it would be 28 times more than Black Tea and potentially 7 times the protection!

* In trials, doctors at Harvard found that Antioxidant compounds called Flavonols in chocolate help the body to produce nitric oxide, a compound essential for proper heart function. (Nitric oxide is also believed by pro bodybuilders to help increase muscularity.) Again, with Raw Cacao Powder, this effect could easily be multiplied.

Raw cacao powder contains about seven times as many antioxidants as cooked cacao powder, that's about 723% more!

Concentrated Nutrients
Because it's concentrated, raw cacao powder has at least 33% more of many of cacao's most vital nutrients! In Raw Cacao Powder, much of the oil is removed, while nearly all of the active nutrients remain. For example...

* The amino acid Tryptophan is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Now you'll get at least 33% more when you use Raw Cacao Powder!

* Researchers have discovered that phenylethylamine (PEA) has a positive effect in enhancing feelings of love. And Chocolate has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA. Now you can love at least 33% more with Raw Cacao Powder!

* Cacao is the richest food source of magnesium of any common food. Magnesium is the number one mineral that assists and supports healthy heart functioning. Now you get at least 33% more magnesium gram-per-gram with Raw Cacao Powder!

* Raw Cacao Powder has at least 33% more Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in recovery.

* And much, much more!

We could talk forever about the qualities of raw chocolate, but that's what their book Naked Chocolate book is all about!

How To Use Raw Cacao Powder
Here are just a few ideas for using your Raw Cacao Powder. You can:
* Add it to your favorite smoothies (one heaping tablespoon will do) and watch them instantly become Raw Chocolate masterpieces!
* You can blend it with raw coconut oil and agave nectar - for instant raw chocolate syrup! (Then put this on top of raw ice cream or fresh fruit - AMAZING!)
* You can blend it in a food processor with raw nut butters and agave nectar, for the most delicious desert you've ever had. (In fact, similar nut butters mixed with roasted cocoa powder are very expensive in health food stores.)
* You can make any cookie, brownie or pie more chocolatey and delicious - just add a tablespoon or more to taste.
* You can blend it with sweet almond milk. This gives you a creamy dark chocolate milk that's LOADED with antioxidant power and tastes out of this world!

Storage
Please refrigerate or store in a cool, dry place (out of direct sunlight) if you can, though it's not essential. This product is microbe-free and highly-stable.

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In the book Naked Chocolate they mentioned the amazing story of the Kuna Indians, who live on the San Blas Islands of Panama. These people have always had extremely low blood pressure and that it did not climb as they got older. In fact, they always remained in remarkably great health.

When the lifestyles of these people were studied, one thing stuck out. The Kuna living on the islands drank a significant amount of locally grown, minimally processed, high-flavonol cocoa.

The best part: for the first time ever, YOU can do the exact same thing. You get to drink and eat this simple, yet powerful food - very likely the most potent source of health-promoting antioxidants in existence.

Nutritional Information
Serving Size 2g

 

Per Serve

Per 100g

Energy

20.18kj

1009kj

Protein

0.54g

27g

Fat-total

0.22g

11g

   - saturated

0.13g

6.5g

Carbohydrate

0.33g

16.4g

   - sugars

<0.1g

1g

Dietary Fibre

0.63g

31.7g

Potassium

34mg

1700mg

Phosphorus

14mg

700mg

Magnesium

10.4mg

520mg

Calcium

4mg

200mg

Iron

0.8mg

40mg

Sodium

0.4mg

20mg

Camu Camu Extract Powder - Raw Planet - Organic

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Our Camu Camu is 100% pure Certified Organic, different to the previous product we were selling in that it now contains no manioc root powder. We’re happy to report that our Camu Camu is no longer spray dried, and is now 100% organic Camu Camu pulp, dehydrated at low temperatures. This results in a Vitamin C percentage of over 12%: that’s 30 to 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange. What’s more, since our Camu Camu is a whole food in its full-spectrum natural form, your body can absorb the nutrients contained within much more effectively than it will absorb any synthetic supplement.

Camu Camu (Mycaria Dubia) is a bushy tree that grows in black water rivers, especially along abandoned watercourses known as cochas. Each year, the river floods, bringing nutrients to the soil and avoiding the depletion associated with typical farming methods; these are ecosystems of great social and economic importance to the Amazon jungle in Peru. Growing in these swampy areas, it takes years for the tree to become mature enough to bear fruit. The fruit of the tree is approximately 2 cms in diameter and has a purplish red skin with a yellow pulp.

Camu Camu is traditionally made into a juice by people of the rainforest to support the immune system, ward off viral infections, and help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety, which tend to deplete the immune system. It also contains bioflavonoids, the amino acids serine, valine, and leucine, plus considerable quantities of thiamine, riboflavin and niacin. Camu Camu helps to promote healthy gums, eyes, and skin and supports the functions of the brain (nervous system) and heart (circulatory system).

Traditionally, native medicine practitioners and herbalists have recommended Camu Camu for:

    - Strengthening the immune system
    - Improving symptoms of herpes infections, including mouth blisters, genital blisters, shingles blisters and other viral infections
    - Promoting energy and vitality of people with chronic immune dysfunction
    - Strengthening the nervous system
    - Supporting healthy levels of white blood cell formation
    - Detoxifying the body, especially the liver
    - Promoting health of upper respiratory organs, including lungs, sinuses, nasal passages
    - Promoting a healthy heart and circulatory system

Pharmacological Information
The Camu Camu fruit has a surprising range of medicinal effects. In joint studies with IIAP, Sandoval (2000) of Albany University has demonstrated that Camu Camu flesh has a great antioxidant power, and it inhibits the radical DPPH (1,1-diphenil-2-picrilhydrazil), surpassing that of ascorbic acid and trolox (water soluble analog of vitamin C).

Some of the extraordinary medicinal properties of this Amazon rain forest fruit are described by Gary Null, Ph.D., a nationally known nutritionist and researcher. In discussing the holistic treatment of depression he lists 19 plants containing chemical compounds with antidepressant properties. In order of potency, Camu Camu is listed second in effectiveness. Some have been able to gradually wean themselves off of their anti-depression prescription medication (such as Zoloft and Prozac) under medical supervision and substitute Camu Camu powder with no relapse into depression. Although the amount taken varies for different people, some have taken, on an empty stomach, 1/2 teaspoon of Camu Camu powder in a glass of water four times daily. Others have taken one tsp. either once or twice daily. One alternative health care provider in New York City has had twenty patients on Zoloft and Prozac gradually wean themselves off these medications while taking camu camu and they have succeeded in avoiding depression. Good results have also been noted for patients who are anxious, talkative, and those with panic attacks.

Camu Camu has been part of an effective protocol for a 14 year old boy who was hospitalized for 15 months at the age of eight for suicidal depression. This boy also has learning disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorder (A.D.D.). His psychiatrists put him on 40 mg. of Prozac, 100 mg. of Ritalin, as well as Clomadine and Imiprimine, which he remained on for years, keeping him in a barely functional, drugged state. Working with an alternative medical professional, his mother withdrew him gradually from these drugs and began a protocol which included Ginkgo Biloba, high amounts of Vitamin C and B vitamins. In the last few months she has added two teaspoons of Camu Camu (divided dose on empty stomach with water) and one capsule a day (500 mg.) of Maca to his protocol. She reports that since adding these two herbs her son's immune function has improved--he gets sick less often, his mood is better - "it has smoothed him out" - and the combination of these two herbs have increased his ability to focus.

Camu Camu is at the top of Null's list of plants with medicinal effectiveness against the herpes virus. All forms of the herpes virus lie dormant at the base of the spine and become active when the immune system is stressed beyond its ability to respond effectively against pathenogens. Common stressors include emotional upsets, other illnesses, prescription drugs, insufficient rest, poor diet, menstrual periods, vaginal yeast infections, and too much sunlight on the skin. Genital herpes is usually transmitted sexually. The principal anti-viral pharmaceutical medicine is acyclovir, which has unpleasant and even toxic side effects. The herpes virus takes a number of different forms and is widespread today as a public health problem in the United States. More than 50% of the U.S. population gets cold sores, which is the result of the herpes simplex virus 1 (HSV1). The Epstein-Barr virus is a common form of the herpes virus which may linger in the body for years, raising the total viral load which the body must combat. Yet another form of the herpes virus is genital herpes which is caused by the herpes simplex virus 2. In total, more than 80% of the U.S. population suffers from some kind of herpes infection. Null lists 19 plants which contain anti-herpetic phyto-chemicals. Camu Camu is listed as the most potent.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size 2g   

Per Serve

Per 100g

Energy

31.22kj

1561kj

Protein

0.04g

2.2g

Fat, total

<0.1g

0.1g

Carbohydrate total

1.82g

91g

Sugars

0g

0g

Calcium

0.086mg

4.3mg

Phosphorous

0.702mg

35.1mg

Iron

0.018mg

0.9mg

Potassium

1.42g

71mg

Vitamin B1

0.002mg

0.1mg

Vitamin B2

0.034mg

1.7mg

Vitamin C

.24g

12g


Serving Suggestions:  Many people have stopped using large dosages of synthetic Vitamin C because they find that just 1 to 2 grams (1 tspn) of camu camu powder is energizing, mood-lifting and highly effective in strengthening the immune system. It has the additional benefit of being non-irritating to sensitive stomachs and bladders.  Add to water, juices, smoothies, cereals, desserts, bars, yoghurt & fruit for a tangy citrus flavour.

In Brazil, Camu Camu is being promoted as a product that untangles and strengthens hair, and protects it from external damage, adding to its shine and vitality. Camu Camu is being used in a new line of cosmetics specially recommended for damaged and dull hair that include shampoos, conditioners, hair masques, hair renewal that add body and shine to hair.

Conditions for storage: Keep in a fresh, dry place. Protect from light.

Ingredients:  100% Organic Camu Camu Powder.

Country of Origin: Peru


J Cardiol.

2008 Oct;52(2):127-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2008.06.004. Epub 2008 Jul 29.
Tropical fruit camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties.
Inoue T1, Komoda H, Uchida T, Node K.
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Abstract
BACKGROUND:

Oxidative stress as well as inflammation plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. Although, various anti-oxidative dietary supplements have been evaluated for their ability to prevent atherosclerosis, no effective ones have been determined at present. "Camu-camu" (Myrciaria dubia) is an Amazonian fruit that offers high vitamin C content. However, its anti-oxidative property has not been evaluated in vivo in humans.
METHODS:

To assess the anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties of camu-camu in humans, 20 male smoking volunteers, considered to have an accelerated oxidative stress state, were recruited and randomly assigned to take daily 70 ml of 100% camu-camu juice, corresponding to 1050 mg of vitamin C (camu-camu group; n=10) or 1050 mg of vitamin C tablets (vitamin C group; n=10) for 7 days.
RESULTS:

After 7 days, oxidative stress markers such as the levels of urinary 8-hydroxy-deoxyguanosine (P<0.05) and total reactive oxygen species (P<0.01) and inflammatory markers such as serum levels of high sensitivity C reactive protein (P<0.05), interleukin (IL)-6 (P<0.05), and IL-8 (P<0.01) decreased significantly in the camu-camu group, while there was no change in the vitamin C group.
CONCLUSIONS:

Our results suggest that camu-camu juice may have powerful anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, compared to vitamin C tablets containing equivalent vitamin C content. These effects may be due to the existence of unknown anti-oxidant substances besides vitamin C or unknown substances modulating in vivo vitamin C kinetics in camu-camu.

PMID: 18922386 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] - http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18922386

Chlorella Powder - Open Cell - Pure Wellbeing - Organic

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Nature's ultimate detoxifier, purifier, cleanser and deodoriser.  Chlorella is a pure green microlalgae abundant in essential micronutrients and RNA/DNA nucleic acids.

The “Double” Secret of Chlorella’s Success
Chlorella has helped thousands of people get their health back on track, because it has something no other food has to help you undo years of damage done by illness and unhealthy habits with amazing results. Because they’re healthier on the inside, many people report such positive changes as:

    - Maintaining healthy circulation, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels
    - Cleansing of toxins from junk food, cigarettes, and poor diet that bog you down and trigger illness
    - A more restful night’s sleep and more get-up-and-go to enjoy activities you love
    - Better elimination and help for ulcers and digestive upset
    - Improved skin tone, soft, thick hair and strong nails 
    ...and so much more!

How can one whole food supplement do all of this? At the very core of each Chlorella cell lies two amazing properties:

1. The richest source of nucleic acids — more than any other food on earth! You may know that nucleic acids are the basic building blocks of life — and are critical to keep your natural defense system working in peak condition. An abundance of these nucleic acids helps your body to reproduce the immune-enhancing cells that can help you feel young, healthy and vibrant.

Research shows that your body loses its precious ability to make nucleic acids — or RNA and DNA — as you age, making your cells inefficient. Illness creeps up on you before you know it. This means YOU feel weak and tired and old. You even look old!

One of the best ways to revitalize your body is to get these vital nucleic acids into your diet.

Unfortunately, most foods today are depleted of nucleic acids through processing. But ounce-per-ounce, Chlorella has much more than even canned sardines, which were once thought to have the highest nucleic acid content of any food.

For you this means Chlorella can give you stronger natural defenses to get healthy and stay healthy!

2. The remarkable Chlorella Growth Factor (CGF) provides super youth enhancement to help your body renew itself and fight off the harmful effects of the premature aging process.

You won’t find CGF in any vitamin, mineral or herb.

It is only found in chlorella and it contains a unique mixture of nature’s most potent agents that nourish and replenish your body. CGF is naturally “built in” to the heart of each Chlorella cell in a way that optimizes your body’s ability to absorb and benefit from it the most.

How does it do this? CGF actually gives your body “the signal” it needs to build NEW cells. When you take Chlorella with CGF, you get a constant supply of strong new cells to revitalize your health and make you feel young again.

The internal programming of CGF makes it possible for the chlorella cells to actually quadruple themselves every 24 hours while they’re first being grown in their natural environment. So one cell becomes four new cells, and so on and so on. And when cells keep dividing to create new cells, you see and feel renewal in so many ways.

Chlorella helps

    - replenish your cells for more youthful skin and a fresher appearance
    - give you more energy to exercise and be more active so you can burn more unwanted fat easier
    - stimulate new cell growth for stronger, healthier muscles and tissues
    - speed up your body’s natural revitalization 

Randall E. Merchant, Ph.D.
Head of Neurosurgery, Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia and renowned medical researcher who has done extensive clinical studies on Chlorella
Stunning Research Shows Chlorella Maintains Healthy Cholesterol Levels, Blood Pressure Levels and Digestion!

Studies conducted by Dr. Randall E. Merchant at the Virginia Commonwealth University, Medical College of Virginia, showed the beneficial effects of 6g of Chlorella a day on patients with blood pressure, chronic fatigue, cholesterol, inflammation, and sleep disorders. Here are some of the notable results:

GOOD DIGESTION AND REGULARITY:
More than 90 percent of study subjects with colon and bowel trouble found that taking Chlorella helped improve these uncomfortable and embarrassing conditions!

HEALTHY CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD PRESSURE LEVELS:
Nearly 40 percent of patients in this study maintained healthy blood pressure levels while taking this pure whole food Chlorella every day for two months. Better yet, all of the patients were able to keep their cholesterol levels healthy and balanced at the same time.

SUPPORT FOR STIFF JOINTS:
Nearly 70 percent of clinical trial participants with chronic muscle concerns, tendon and ligament problems, morning stiffness, and recurring headaches saw an improvement in their conditiions.

We now are able to supply our own certified organic chlorella powder at the best price in New Zealand.

Coconut Oil

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 According to Mary Enig, Ph.D., the world's leading expert on fats and oils:

"Coconut oil has a unique role in the diet as an important physiologically functional food. The health and nutritional benefits that can be derived from consuming coconut oil have been recognized in many parts of the world for centuries.

A review of the diet/heart disease literature relevant to coconut oil clearly indicates that coconut oil is at worst neutral with respect to atherogenicity of fats and oils, and in fact is likely to be a beneficial oil for prevention and treatment of some heart disease.

Additionally, coconut oil provides a source of antimicrobial lipids for individuals with compromised immune systems, and is a non-promoting fat with respect to chemical carcinogenesis."

FAQ

Is The Coconut Oil Heated in its Processing?
No - not at any stage in the manufacturing process. Commercial coconut oils, by contrast, undergo steam deodorization at temperatures of around 400 degrees.

Is Virgin Coconut Oil Destroyed by Heat? What about Enzymes?
Coconut oil is NOT destroyed or changed chemically in anyway from its original form by using low heat. Unlike other plant oils, the medium chain fatty acids are very resistant to any change via heat. Even commercial oils heated to a very high temperature have their medium chain fatty acids kept in tact. This makes coconut oil one of the best oils to use in cooking, because it does not break down easily.

Many have expressed concern that even low-level heat can destroy enzymes and other beneficial nutrients in coconut oil. But one needs to consider that this is a tropical oil from a tropical plant grown in a very hot climate. The oil inside an airtight coconut still growing high up on a coconut tree will already see temperatures up to 50 degrees C during its growing season. Laboratory tests done on VCO, for example, have shown levels of Vitamin E that are 30 times more than commercial refined coconut oil. As to enzymes, they are present in the coconut meat but not in the oil. One would not want enzymes in the oil as it would break down the oil and cause it to go rancid. So there is no coconut oil on the market that would contain enzymes. You need to eat a coconut fresh off the tree to benefit from plant enzymes. All plant-based oils are separated from the plants they grew in, and do not contain appreciable amounts of enzymes.

So it is a myth that there are coconut oils on the market that are "live" and "see no heat." Coconuts are native to the tropics, where temperatures are very hot.  Any coconut oil distributed anywhere has "seen heat."

 Requirements for Healthy and Safe Coconut Oil

 Requirements

 Our Virgin Coconut Oil

 Raw

 Yes

 No refining

 Yes

 No bleaching

 Yes

 No deodorisation

 Yes

 No hydrogenation

 Yes

 Non-GMO

 Yes

 Coconuts from traditional palms only - no hybrid varieties

 Yes

 From fresh coconuts - not the dried "copra" used in most coconut oils

 Yes

 Safe packaging - glass bottles & non-leaching plastic tubs

 Yes