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The Delicious and Nutritious Benefits of Organic Cocoa Powder
Did you know that humans have been consuming cocoa for thousands of years? First cultivated by the Mayans, cocoa was introduced to Europe by Spanish conquerors.
You might know it as the main ingredient in chocolate, but it's more beneficial than you think. Keep scrolling to learn more about the fantastic cocoa benefits!
Supports Heart Health
Organic cocoa powder is rich in anti-inflammatory antioxidants called flavonols. These can help lower the risk of heart disease by improving blood flow, protecting cells from damage, and reducing blood pressure. At the same time, cocoa powder is packed with antioxidants called polyphenols, which may help control blood sugar and cholesterol.
Helps Reduce Weight
You may associate chocolate with weight gain. However, the organic cocoa powder may help you manage your weight.
Research showed that polyphenols in cocoa could regulate energy use and metabolism. Cocoa may also help enhance feelings of fullness. While more research is needed, organic cocoa may help you maintain or lose weight.
Enhances Brain Function
The cocoa powder you use in cooking and making beverages doesn't satisfy your cravings. It also gives you a mental edge! Research showed that consuming flavonol-rich drinks can boost cognitive performance in elderly individuals experiencing memory decline. Cocoa may also produce the same positive cognitive effects on young adults. If you want your family to stay sharp, consider incorporating cocoa into your recipes.
Improves Oral Health
Cocoa powder can help you avoid tooth decay and improve your oral health. It's abundant in polyphenols that help regulate oral bacteria.
It might be even better than fluoride when it comes to fighting cavities. Also, CBH—a compound in cocoa powder—can help harden your enamel.
Organic cocoa powder can be a mood booster if you're feeling down. This positive effect may be associated with the flavonols in cocoa and tryptophan's conversion to serotonin, which helps regulate mood.
One study showed that consuming chocolate during pregnancy may result in less stress and a better mood in infants. Eating chocolate rich in polyphenols can also help keep you calm and happy.
Cocoa powder in chocolate, beverages, and other recipes will not only satisfy your palate. You can also get the most out of cocoa's benefits, such as a better mood, a healthier heart, and brain function. Add cocoa to your diet, and enjoy these health benefits!
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A Guide To Greens Powder – How To Use Super Greens For Health
Greens powder is a supplement that helps you achieve your daily intake of vegetables. You will see this being consumed most commonly in green smoothies!
The craze behind greens powder is all about the nutrients it holds for your body. Greens powder is known as a “Superfood” that keeps your body healthy, wards off disease, is high in phytonutrients, is a good source of fiber, provides digestive assistance, and helps to heal tissues.
What is Greens Powder?
Greens powder is a supplement that helps you achieve your daily intake of vegetables and can be mixed into water or other liquids.
The green hue comes from 25-40 different ingredients, generally from dried leafy greens and other vegetables, seaweed, grasses, other high-antioxidant fruits, herbs, probiotics, and digestive enzymes. It can taste a bit grassy and bitter.
The ingredients are generally dried and then ground into a powder. However, some elements have been juiced, dehydrated, sprouted, or fermented, which increases vitamin levels and helps break down the compounds that can interfere with mineral absorption.
- Greens powder is often vegan, as well as non-genetically modified and organic, but always check the labels of the brands you are purchasing to verify this.
What is in my Greens Powder?
Greens powder is typically low in calories but high in certain minerals and vitamins such as selenium, iodine, chromium, vitamins A, C, and K, and contains plant compounds with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- Leafy greens: Spinach, kale, collards, parsley
- Seaweed: Spirulina, chlorella, dulse, kelp
- Other vegetables: Broccoli, beets, carrots, tomatoes, green cabbage
- Grasses: Barley grass, wheatgrass, oat grass, alfalfa grass
- High-antioxidant fruits: Blueberries, raspberries, goji berries, acai berries
- Nutritional extracts: Green tea extract, grape seed extract, ginkgo Biloba extract
- Probiotics: Lactobacillus rhamnosus, acidophilus, Bifidobacterium lactis
- Plant-based digestive enzymes: Amylase, cellulase, lipase, papain, protease
- Herbs: Holy basil, astragalus, echinacea, milk thistle
- Mushrooms: Maitake mushroom extract, shiitake mushroom extract
- Natural sugar substitutes: Stevia leaf extract, monk fruit extract
- Extra fiber: Rice bran, inulin, apple fiber
Benefits of greens supplements
There are many benefits to taking green powder regularly, including being high in phytonutrients, a good source of fiber, providing digestive enzymes, healing tissues, reducing inflammation, and helping to keep the Heart healthy.
- High in Phytonutrients: Phytonutrients are necessary for sustaining human life and preventing diseases. Phytonutrients also help slow down the aging process.
- Good Source of Fiber: Fiber is essential for proper bowel movements, keeping the colon healthy, decreasing the risk of other cancers and diabetes, and removing toxins from the body.
- Provides Digestive Enzymes: Enzymes help with the digestion of food. Proper digestion of food doesn’t happen without enough enzymes, and we naturally produce fewer enzymes when we age.
- Heals Tissues: The chlorophyll found appears to stimulate the growth of new skin tissue in wounds, aiding in the healing of tissues.
- Reduce Inflammation: Reduces inflammation internally and externally by stabilizing the body’s natural PH.
- Keeps the Heart Healthy: The antioxidants, phytochemicals, and chlorophyll work together to keep the Heart healthy and the arterial wall strong. These compounds help protect against cardiovascular diseases, lower cholesterol, and stabilize blood pressure.
How to Use Greens Powder
Using greens powder is very easy since it comes in powder form. All you need to do is use 1 to 2 scoops (whichever is recommended) of our Wild Organic Super Greens Superfood Powder Blend and mix it with water or your liquid of choice.
Wild Foods Green Powder Recipes
Here are some of our favorite greens powder drinks to get you started! You can use some of these recipes to perform a green blend detox.
Green Pineapple-Mango Detox Smoothie
- 1 cup coconut water (no added sugars, 100% organic)
- 1 cup frozen or fresh pineapple (diced)
- One small mango, peeled and diced
- ½ teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1-2 scoops Wild Super Greens Powder Blend
- 1 cup ice
- Combine all ingredients in a blender.
- Blend until nice a smooth. Enjoy!
Coconut & Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl
- ½ cup frozen banana (sliced)
- ½ cup frozen or fresh peaches (sliced or diced)
- 1/2 cup spinach
- ½ cup coconut water (no added sugars, 100% organic)
- Three tablespoons almonds or another nut of choice (slivered, optional for topping)
- 1 ½ teaspoon Wild Matcha #2 Ceremonial Grade From Japan or 1-2 scoops Wild Organic Super Greens Powders Blend
- One teaspoon of maple syrup
- ½ ripe kiwi (diced, optional for topping)
- Blend the banana, peaches, spinach, coconut water, Matcha, and maple syrup until smooth.
- Place the smoothie in a bowl and top it with the desired nut and kiwi.
Green Tea Latte
- 1 cup milk or almond milk (fluid)1 cup of water
- One tablespoon of Wild Matcha
- Two tablespoons sugar (granulated) OR 1-2 packets of organic sweetener
- In a small saucepan, combine the soy or almond milk, water, Matcha, and sugar. Warm over medium heat while whisking until hot and foamy.
- Pour into mugs and enjoy.
- Greens powder is packed full of nutritional value and provides many health benefits that, when taken regularly, can support our bodies, minds, and moods.
Commonly Asked Questions
What is Matcha?
A sort of green tea powder made in Japan is called matcha powder.
Is Matcha the same as Green Powder?
No. Matcha is a green tea in the form of a powder, whereas green powder is a supplement that helps you achieve your daily intake of vegetables.
Which one is better for you: Matcha or Green Powder?
Both are great for you, and you should be incorporated them into your daily routine!
What is the difference between Matcha and Green Tea?
Green tea and Matcha have diverse flavor characteristics, growing and processing techniques, and health advantages.