Food of the Gods
Enhances Loving Relationships
By Chitra Gunderson
Sitting at my kitchen table with my feet propped up on the cast-iron cross bars and my elbows resting on the arms of the chair, I hear the early morning birds happily chirping in the trees outside. A potted plant sitting on the table with peace lily blooms gently towering over a variety of leaf shapes and colors captures loving thoughts of the friend who gave it to me.
Wanting to enhance my state of relaxation, I slowly peel the green foil wrapping from around a small chocolate ball, pop it into my mouth, and allow it to slowly melt into a smooth creamy texture that tantalizes my taste buds. Savoring its flavor I feel a warm glow spread throughout my body; a pleasurable smile emerges and a butterfly flutters in my stomach like meeting your lover again after a long separation.
Wow! What’s in this little chocolate ball that brings such an experience of
euphoria? I pick up the bottle and read the orange and yellow label “ChocaMaca
Organic Chocolate with Amazon Herbs”. Turning the bottle around to read the
contents I fumble with twisted tongue as I attempt to pronounce Spanish words on
the ingredient list. Not only are they hard to pronounce... I have never heard
of them before!
As I embark upon my search for knowledge of the ingredients I dis–cover a world of vibrant Amazonian plant life that offers healing nutrition in this little chocolaty ball.
Cacao, the main ingredient in ChocaMaca, is a short tree that grows in South and Central America, the Caribbean and Africa. Growing from the main branches of the cacao tree, the ripened fruit is a yellow pod about six inches long and three inches in diameter. Cutting open the pod you find it full of seeds or beans surrounded by a delicious white sweet and sour flesh.
After eating the whitish pulp from the fruits, the indigenous people set the seeds on a wood board to dry in the sun for about seven days, until they turn a dark brown color. The dried beans are then ground and mixed with a little water to form a paste, which is added to food or drink to use for sacred rites and to honor guests with social drinks.
Considered to be “Food of the Gods” by ancient Mayans and Aztecs, they believed Cacao was divine sent, given by the god Quetzacoatl. To them it was a sacred plant in charge of male deities: the Mayam god of fertility, the Mixtec Seven Flower, and the Aztec Lord of Flowers, Xochilli, god of song, poetry and spring. Hmm, I like the thought of eating sacred food…
On the health-giving side, Cacao beans are rich in anti-oxidants found in green tea, prunes, red wine, and grape seeds. One study showed that because of the high anti-oxidants, cacao is more beneficial to health than teas and red wine. In fact, eating Cacao daily provides anti-oxidants and flavonoids that promote cardiovascular health and help reduce causes of stroke and cardiac infarction by preventing the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol.
The key to our hearts in more ways than one, Cacao also contains PEA (phenylethylamine) known as the molecule of love, a natural chemical in the brain that causes the euphoria experienced by lovers... an internal bliss. And, the amino acid in cacao, Tryptophan, helps elevate mood and reduce anxiety by increasing serotonin levels. In addition, Cacao’s high levels of magnesium reduce premenstrual symptoms... even the smell of chocolate enhances relaxation. So, ladies, don’t feel guilty, satisfy that craving!
What I truly discovered is that not all chocolate is created equal... the unique combination of Cacao and eleven wild rainforest botanicals offered in ChocaMaca takes chocolate to another level, it offers “a source of mind-stimulating herbs and strong antioxidants in a tasty bite made with natural chocolate and wild herbs from the Amazonian Rainforest”, writes Christian Drapeau, M.Sc.
Some key Amazonian herbs in ChocaMaca such as Maca (Peruv–ian ginseng), Catuaba, and Muira Pauma, increase energy and are mild aphrodisiacs; Camu Camu is the highest known source of natural-occurring vitamin C, providing 30-40 times more vitamin C than an orange. Excellent to clear the mind, lift the mood and boost energy; Kiwicha, a high-protein grain similar to amaranth, was a staple of the Incan Empire, who believed it had supernatural powers. It is a source of calcium, essential fatty acids and insoluble fibers; Also in ChocaMaca are Blue-green algae and Fucus (marine algae), which enhances mental concentration, energy, and strength. Wow! This powerful little ball is like a chocolate vitamin!
Oh, I almost forgot, one article I read said that 50% of women prefer the chocolate experience over intimacy! Now that doesn’t say a lot for their partners, but I’ll tell you a secret... in a recent conversation with a friend, she revealed when her husband eats ChocaMaca, he experiences a renewed high in the bedroom... must be the addition of those rainforest herbs!
Bringing together various colors and flavors of powerful rainforest plants with
rich dark cacao into a synergistic marriage, ChocaMaca delivers superior
nutrition in an enjoyable chocolaty ball that everyone enjoys... a truly
healthy, guilt-free indulgence for chocolate lovers! Enjoy!
For information about ChocaMaca visit www.orderchocamaca.com or contact Chitra at (888) 310-2570.
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