Chocolate is one of nature’s most powerful super foods. It its natural form, it contains a wide variety of minerals, vitamins and antioxidant flavonoids that offer great health benefits – but the benefits of chocolate are generally reversed when milk, cholesterol from milk solids, and/or an enormous amount of refined sugar are added. Cocoa is naturally bitter in flavor so chocolate bars require a lot of sweetening. When cocoa is cooked, it becomes even more bitter. Our cocoa is uncooked.
InVite’s® Cocoa Hx® is a super food within a dietary supplement. This popular product contains all the nutritional components that occur naturally in pure dark chocolate without the saturated fat, sugar and calories found in chocolate bars. Cocoa Hx® provides 4000mg of pure cocoa powder. It also includes powdered kiwi fruit and freeze-dried black raspberry fruit, ramping up the antioxidant supply to 8400 on the ORAC¹ scale per serving. Powdered kiwi fruit has great benefits for respiratory health, known to alleviate symptoms like wheezing and snoring. In addition, kiwi fruit is helpful in protecting your genes and DNA while slowing down the aging process. Freeze-dried black raspberry helps protect the entire digestive tract, including the mouth, stomach and colon.
Chocolate in its natural form without the additives includes essential minerals such as magnesium, calcium, iron and zinc, as well as the Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, C, E and pantothenic acid. In addition, it has polyphenols similar to those found in wine that offer excellent antioxidant protection. These beneficial antioxidants increase circulation to the brain and heart, improving healthy blood flow. They also help to reduce the blood’s clotting function, potentially decreasing your risk of blood and cardiovascular related health issues. Together, these agents help improve various areas of health such as circulation, energy and mood. Flavonols appear to be the substances in cocoa that are responsible for boosting heart health and keeping blood pressure in the normal range. These substances appear to improve the bioavailability of nitric oxide from the cells that line the inner wall of blood vessels: "Nitric oxide is a gas that, once released, causes the smooth muscle cells of the blood vessels to relax and widen; this may contribute to lower blood pressure. Nitric oxide also improves platelet function, making the blood less sticky, and makes the vascular endothelium less attractive for white blood cells to attach and stick around." - Dr. Buijsse
Dr. Buijsse also warned that it’s important for people to make sure that eating chocolate did not increase their overall intake of calories or reduce their consumption of healthy foods. "Small amounts of chocolate may help to prevent heart disease, but only if it replaces other energy-dense food, such as snacks, in order to keep body weight stable," he said.
Cocoa may increase blood flow to the brain, according to new research published in the Neuropsychiatric Disease and Treatment journal. The researchers suggest that long-term improvements in brain blood flow could impact cognitive behavior, offering future potential research into a healthy aging brain, increased memory and lowering risk for debilitating events. In a scientific study of healthy, older adults ages 59 to 83, Harvard medical scientists found that study participants who regularly drank a cocoa flavonol-rich beverage had an eight percent increase in brain blood flow after one week, and 10 percent increase after two weeks. In this first-of-its-kind study, the researchers found both short and long-term benefits of cocoa flavonols for brain blood flow, offering future potential for the one in seven older Americans. Scientists speculate that maintaining an increased blood flow to the brain could slow this cognitive decline.
Our Cocoa Hx® formula tastes delicious, and it mixes in well with either hot or cold beverages. It can also be added to yogurt or smoothies for a great-tasting supplement to a healthy dessert. We do not recommend it be mixed with dairy milk but it can be mixed with milk substitutes such as almond, hemp, oat, rice or organic soy milk. It also tastes great in plain water. The flavor is enhanced with the non-caloric natural sweetener Xylitol and the herb Stevia. This product is free of fat, sugar and cholesterol. 100mg of ORAC* blend is added for extra antioxidant protection.
Cocoa is naturally free from caffeine, and we do not add any thereby making this product caffeine-free.
This product combines well with other InVite superfood powders such as Greens Hx, Reds Hx, Barrel of Health, Collagen Hx, Meal Replacement and Protein Powder.
This product contains 7.83 oz (222 g) Powder Cocoa Hx®