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Seaweed Bath Company Review

This is a review of the Seaweed Bath Company’s body cream, shampoo and conditioner.

Seaweed Bath Company

Overall Rating: 3-stars

About Seaweed Bath Company:

“The Seaweed Bath Co., LLC is dedicated to fighting dry, flaking and scaling skin naturally with our combination of specific species of seaweed with high-quality, all-natural ingredients that help manage severely irritated skin. Since launching in October 2010, The Seaweed Bath Co. has brought happiness to thousands of loyal customers.

The Seaweed Bath Co. is the vision of Adam Grossman, a long-time psoriasis sufferer, who created his seaweed-based cosmetic products to take control of his own irritated skin without the use of prescribed medications or harsh chemicals. Seeking to improve the lives of other sufferers, Adam founded The Seaweed Bath Co. to share his remarkable all-natural seaweed bath products with the world.

In the continuing development of The Seaweed Bath Co.’s innovative product line, we spend countless hours listening to the needs and concerns of our valued customers who are in search of natural ways to treat and soothe their irritated, scaling, flaking and red skin.

The Seaweed Bath Co. sustainably hand-harvests wild bladderwrack seaweed off the coasts of Maine and Nova Scotia. We combine our bladderwrack with the highest quality natural ingredients from around the world. These ingredients are both known to be moisturizing and pH-balancing. In fact, many of the ingredients used in our seaweed-based products have been used for centuries by Asian, African and European cultures to improve the skin’s health and well-being.

Our mission at The Seaweed Bath Co. is to improve the quality of life for severely irritated skin sufferers by offering a constantly-expanding line of high-quality, affordable, all-natural cosmetic products that have soothing, pH-balancing and moisturizing properties.  Additionally, The Seaweed Bath Co. provides opportunities for psoriasis and eczema sufferers to discuss and share information about skin conditions, all-natural products and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. We invite you, your family and your friends to join our psoriasis and eczema blog as we lead conversations on a variety of topics, including natural alternatives for the management of psoriasis and eczema.”

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Balancing Argan Shampoo

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (bladderwrack seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe), Sodium Laurylglucosides Hydroxypropylsulfonate (corn & vegetable derived), Decyl Glucoside, Sodium Cocoyl Glutamate, Vegetable Glycerin, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Hydroxyethylcellulose (plant derived), Ricinus Communis (Castor) Seed Oil, Babasuamidopropyl Betaine, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Citric Acid, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Polyglyceryl-10 Laurate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Dimethicone, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Mentha piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Balancing Argan Conditioner

About:

“Our combination of bladderwrack seaweed with soothing argan oil and essential nutrients naturally cleanses and clarifies your hair and scalp while maintaining healthy moisture and shine. Vegan. Made in the USA. Never tested on animals.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Cetearyl Alcohol, Glyceryl Stearate, Stearylkonium Chloride, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil, Cocos Nucifera (Coconut) Oil, Persea Gratissima (Avocado) Oil, Panthenol (Pro-Vitamin B5), Hydrolyzed Barley Protein (gluten-free), Hydrolyzed Soy Protein, Olea Europaea (Olive) Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Citric Acid, Gluconic Acid (plant derived), Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Sodium Benzoate (natural version), Potassium Sorbate, Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Body Cream

About:

“Our Wildly Natural Seaweed Body Cream combines the nourishing properties of seaweed with a variety of natural ingredients, including Shea Butter, Kukui Oil and Argan Oil, to soften and moisturize dry skin.

Ingredients:

Eucalyptus & Peppermint Scent: Aqua (Water) with Fucus Vesiculosus (Bladderwrack Seaweed) Extract, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Carthamus Tinctorius (Safflower) Seed Oil, Vegetable Glycerin, Stearic Acid, Butyrospermum Parkii (Unrefined Shea) Butter, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Oil, Aleurites Moluccana (Kukui) Oil, MSM (Methyl Sulfonyl Methane),  Stearyl Alcohol, Hyaluronic Acid, Glyceryl Stearate, Theobroma Cacao (Cocoa) Seed Butter, Polysorbate-80, Tocopherol (Natural Vitamin E), Phenethyl Alcohol,  Eucalyptus Globulus (Eucalyptus) Essential Oil, Panthenol, Xanthan Gum, Allantoin, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe) Leaf Juice, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Essential Oil.”

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My Thoughts:

I’ve been able to review and experience the Seaweed Bath Company before, and it’s neat for my journey through the world of natural products to circle back around to this brand again. They’re a company that is pretty conscientious about their ingredients (above average) and their products perform very well.

In my dreams, my very own product line would be chock full of peppermint–in every single product. So needless to say, I love the refreshing effect of this shampoo + conditioner combo. The shampoo is perfectly clarifying while still leaving a nice shine throughout my hair. Performance-wise, the conditioner is pretty darn perfect. It’s creamy and rich & a little goes a long way, even in my tangly, often sweaty hair.

This body cream consists of the same eucalyptus + peppermint scents that the hair products do, and I just love it. It wakes up your senses to rub this cream all over your body. It absorbs into the skin well, provides a good amount of moisture and leaves skin smelling clean and minty.

If I could improve anything with these products, I would clean up the ingredient list just a bit. The ingredients are pretty good, but they are not all organic and some of them are clearly added for texture, consistency & shelf stability. My experience with hair products is that it is VERY hard to find the perfect marriage of performance and top-notch ingredients. The Seaweed Bath company does a good job of creating some above average products whose ingredients are plant derived and cleaner than most hair products you’ll find.

This brand is very accessible; I’ve seen them at Sprout’s Farmers Market, Whole Foods, Natural Grocers and other smaller health food retailers. You can also find them online on numerous healthy product meccas like Iherb.com, Vitacost.com and even Amazon.com.

Use my iHerb code SDG314 to get a discount on your order!

 

 

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Conscious Box: Plant-Based Sample Box Review

Conscious Box: Plant Based

Overall Rating: 3 Stars

About Conscious Box:

“Conscious Box helps you discover healthier choices. Our personalized subscription service lets you sample the best natural, non-GMO products, every month. Find something you like? Pick up full-size favorites at deep discounts. It’s that simple. Conscious Box makes living healthy easier than ever.”

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My Thoughts:

I discovered Conscious Box when I was still a college student, finishing up my bachelor’s degree in North Texas. At the time, Consciouc Box provides an excellent means for me to become acquainted with a big range of natural and organic beauty, skin and nutrition products. I have always been happy with & impressed by the variety in their boxes. In one box, you may get a deodorant sample and a seaweed bar. Heck, you could really go crazy and apply your deodorant while eating the seaweed bar! 🙂 The only thing I’ve noticed that I’d improve is that not all products inclosed are organic. They seem to be varying in quality as far as ingredients used.

Conscious Box sent me this plant-based version of their box for me to take a look at and try. My favorites in the bundle are the Chickpeas made by Saffron Road, Green Superfood Bar made by Amazing Grass &  the Bamboo Towels made by NaturezWay. I loved the idea of the Tiny Tea, but couldnt dive deeper ingredient-wise on their website because the info was hard to locate (that’s a instant turn-off for me! I dig transparency). The Back to Nature juice would be more appealing if it was not from concentrate, unpasteurized (requiring refridgetation) and contained organic ingredients. I really wanted to love the Vaska detergent–I checked out their website and saw this:

“Made from plant based surfactants and essential oils. NO nonylphenol ethoxylates (NPEs), NO chlorine, NO phosphates, NO optical brighteners, NO animal products, NO EPA priority pollutants, NO dyes, and NO chemical thickeners.

Water/Aqua, Alcohols C9-11 Ethoxylated, Alkyl Polyglucoside, Surfactant Copolymer, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Potassium Cocoate, Fragrance/Parfum, Methylchlorisothiazolinone, Methylisothiazolinone.”

While I appreciate that they do not use several harsh chemicals, I am apprehensive about the hard-to0-pronounce ingredients. Since I make my own very simple deterent at home with three ingredients, reading that ingredient list was not appealing to me. the lavender provided my clothes a pleasant aroma, though!

As I predicted, I was impressed with the variety in this Conscious Box, but would just ask for better in regards to quality of the products. I strive for the best of the best!

 

Organity Skin Care Moisturizer Giveaway!

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Organity Skin Care Giveaway!

Overall Rating: 5 Stars

About Organity:

  • “BEAUTIFUL RESULTS WITHOUT EXPOSING YOUR SKIN TO HARMFUL CHEMICALS – Our USDA certification guarantees you absolutely no GMO ingredients, no SLS, no SLES, no Petroleum or Petrolatum, No Mineral Oil, No Phenoxyethanol and it’s Paraben free! Instead, we use organic and natural ingredients, (including Orange Peel Essence – a superb natural toner) giving it a light, citrus scent, which fades quickly
  • FANTASTIC VALUE FOR YOUR MONEY – We don’t use any inexpensive additives or fillers (like water) so every single trace of our natural skin moisturizer nourishes, revitalizes and improves your skin. And because we don’t use fillers, you only need to apply a VERY SMALL AMOUNT to your face – A LITTLE REALLY DOES GO A LONG WAY! Many of our customers use it as both a day and a night cream, so you don’t even need to buy different types!
  • HAVE BEAUTIFUL, RADIANT SKIN, WHILE REDUCING FINE LINES AND WRINKLES – Our luxurious, organic face moisturizer absorbs deep in to your skin improving elasticity, minimizing the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Our organic face cream is proven to hydrate your skin, leaving your face with a REFRESHED, BEAUTIFUL and GLOWING RADIANCE! We’ve hand-selected the finest premium organic, super hydrating and anti-aging ingredients to rejuvenate your skin. Our moisturizing cream includes Aloe Vera (used for thousands of year, helps maintain and return your skins elasticity), Coconut (improves moisture in your skin), Shea Butter (helps prevent premature wrinkles and fine lines), Grape Seed Oil (antioxidant, which helps skin repair and fights off free radicals), Jojoba Seed Oil (reduces skin aging and helps keep moisture in your skin), Lavender Oil (helps renew skin cells), Safflower Seed Oil (powerful skin cleanser and softens your skin), Citrus Aurantium (helps grow new skin cells and tissue), Cocoa Butter (contains minerals helping skin cell renewal and slowing aging) and Chamomilla Recutita (antioxidant and softens your skin)
  • PERFECT FOR ALL SKIN TYPES AND ALL AGES – Apply just a small amount of our natural facial moisturizer after cleansing and it absorbs quickly, leaving you with SOFT, SMOOTH, YOUTHFUL SKIN and no oily residue. Our certified organic ingredients make it a perfect choice for men, women and children. Because our all natural moisturizer does not contain chemicals, it is suitable for dry, normal, oily and sensitive skin types and even if you have acne prone skin or other complaints.
  • MADE IN THE USA AND CRUELTY-FREE, GUARANTEEING YOU QUALITY AND PEACE-OF-MIND – Organity natural skin care moisturizer is completely cruelty-free, CERTIFIED USDA ORGANIC and is manufactured to strict-standards in compliance with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP). We are committed to supporting American Industry and insist on excellent quality, which is why ALL of our beauty products are made here in the USA. We NEVER import inferior products. Indulge your skin with the moisturizer it deserves!

Indications

Suitable for dry, normal, oily or sensitive skin types as it contains only natural, USDA certified organic ingredients. Can be used by those with acne prone skin or other troublesome skin complaints to ease symptoms. Helps rejuvenate dehydrated and dry skin, promotes elasticity, can reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and age spots.
Ingredients
*CO=CERTIFIED ORGANIC *CO Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, *CO Chamomilla Recutita Flower Extract, *CO Beeswax, *CO Lecithin, *CO Carnauba Wax, *CO Coconut Acid, *CO Shea Butter, *CO Palm Butter, *CO Cocoa Seed Butter, *CO Soybean Oil, *CO Grape Seed Oil, *CO Jojoba Seed Oil, *CO Glycerin, *CO Lavender Oil, *CO Safflower Seed Oil, *CO Citrus Aurantium, *CO Olive Fruit Oil, *CO Guar Gum, *CO Sunflower Seed Oil, Sodium Hydroxide, *CO Alcohol, *CO Willow Bark Extract, *CO Oat Kernel Extract, *CO Witch Hazel Bark/Leaf/Twig Extract, *CO Pogostemon Cablin Oil, *CO Tea Tree Leaf Oil, *CO Wintergreen Leaf Oil, *CO Olive Fruit Extract, Citric Acid.

Tips for use:

  • Always ensure you cleanse your face thoroughly before using Organity Moisturizer – if you apply moisturizer without cleansing, it will not absorb properly and just sit on the surface
  • Exfoliate about 3 times per week – as we age, we don’t shed skin as effectively and the buildup of dead skin cells can lead to a dull, lackluster appearance. Exfoliating not only removes dead skin, it also helps your Organity Moisturizer to absorb much better and gives it a chance to be far more effective
  • Always remove makeup and moisturize before going to bed – if makeup is left on overnight, it not only clogs your pores, but also causes unnecessary exposure to oxidative stress and free radicals, all of which leads to premature aging and fine lines. Take an extra few minutes to clean your face and apply Organity Moisturizer – you’ll definitely feel the difference in the morning!”

My Thoughts:

This rich concoction is dense! No more watery facial creams that feel like they only temporarily quench the skin. Every ingredient is intensely moisturizing–and you can feel that as soon as you apply it. Only a small amount was needed to completely cover and moisturize my entire face & neck.

I love that there are no-nonsense ingredients (of course!) and I love that it acts as a pre-makeup skin primer: it serves as both a barrier to the environment and a quenching layer for the makeup to be applied to. I’m very happy with the quality of this Organity moisturizer, its staying power and how it leaves my skin feeling: moisturized, dewy, glowing and healthy!

Giveaway!

Organity wants to get this moisturizer into your hands!

To enter this giveaway:

-“Like” Run On Organic on Facebook

-Comment and share your motivation to use organic skin care!

YogiToes Water Bottle & Headband Review

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YogiToes

Overall Rating: images

About YogiToes:

Integrity

Yoga’s ethical precepts guide our everyday choices.  We work with factories and vendors that also embrace these values, focusing  on labor, safety, environmental and manufacturing practices that meet exceptional global standards.

Recycling

Deeply committed to minimizing our carbon footprint. To date we have repurposed 3.5 million recycled plastic bottles into our product line.  We make the most sustainable choices possible throughout all aspects of our business.”

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Hibiscus Wide Headband

About:

“DESCRIPTION

A headband designed to comfortably hold back the hair, use as a wrist band, or cover the eyes during savasana

SIZE

4″ W (flat)

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • 94% cotton, 6% lycra
  • Created using AZO, lead and heavy metal-free dyes to protect our workers, our customers, and our environment
  • Made in Korea.”

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Stainless Steel Water Bottle

About:

“DESCRIPTION

Day after day, year after year, this safe and convenient water bottle will keep your drinks fresh and clean tasting, while reducing your carbon footprint.

SIZE

.4 lbs; Capacity 25 fluid oz.

MATERIALS & DETAILS

  • Reusable, 100% recyclable and durable
  • Safe, BPA-free alternative to plastic
  • High-quality, food grade #304 L.N. stainless steel
  • Slim design fits most bottle holders
  • Toxin-free and non-leaching
  • Clean tasting (hot or cold)
  • Non-slip, rubber base
  • Removable Ecousable plastic cap with a straw lid.”

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My Thoughts:

YogiToes, a line under the Manduka Yoga umbrella, is a unique, vibrant, fun set of yoga gear and accessories that are made thoughtfully and with recycled, high-performing materials.

I love a great, wide, everyday headband that will stay on after vigorous activity. The headbands I’ve worn in the past that perform the best have a grippy strip on the underneath side, helping it resist movement. Though this headband does not have a grippy strip, it is wide enough to pretty much compensate for that. The material is very comfortable (94% cotton) and can truly make the perfect headband for wearing around the house, during yoga or for a run outdoors, alike. If I had to make one change to the design of the band, I’d make the circumference a little bit smaller so that the headband fits a little snugger (I would only want it snugger for workouts; not for wearing around the house). I didn’t have a problem with it wiggly back and off my head while running, but that was primarily because I wear large over-the-head headphones when I run that help keep my headband in place. While wearing this headband to volleyball practice with the team I coach, I noticed that I had to reposition the band a few times as it had slid backwards.

A good BPA-free, durable, portable water bottle is something that is very much a part of my daily commutes to work and practice. I always have filtered water around–it’s an absolute necessity. This stainless steel water bottle is a good size (holds 25 fluid oz.), fits all of my car cup holders and backpack bottle pockets and is substantial enough that I can drop it without fearing that it will be damaged. I like that you can drink out of the nozzle or unscrew the lid and drink out of the open bottle. Sometimes I like the lid-off approach when I am amidst a hard workout and feel the need to guzzle water.

I’d recommend both of these products (as well as Manduka’s yoga mats! I use mine for indoor workouts–so don’t think its use is limited to yoga). The quality is there, the sustainability is there and so it the personality behind the products.

More Than Alive Walnuts, Pumpkin Seeds & Cacao Review

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More Than Alive

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I have forged a fantastic relationship with such a gold mine of a shop in More Than Alive. I am so thankful for this relationship because it has allowed me to discove an incredible jackpot of foods and skin care product. I find this site to be one of the very best resources for many organic necessities. They carry essential oils, superfoods, activated charcoal, bulk herbs and bulk foods. They also are reasonably priced (I’ve done the leg work–and you’ll save money on organic superfoods by shopping thru More Than Alive).

You can read some of my prior More Than Alive reviews and giveaways here:

http://feelmoregooder.com/2014/07/25/more-than-alive-vitex-dong-quai-giveaway/

More Than Alive Diatomaceous Earth Review & Giveaway!

http://feelmoregooder.com/2013/11/24/more-than-alive-scarf-essential-oil-review-giveaway/

More Than Alive Bulk Superfoods Pack Review & Giveaway!

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Raw Walnuts

About:

“Walnuts are one of the best plant sources of protein. When it comes to health benefits, walnuts definitely are not a hard nut to crack. This delicious nut is rich in fiber, B vitamins, magnesium, and antioxidants such as Vitamin E. Nuts in general are high in plant sterols and fat-but mostly monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats (omega 3 fatty acids-the good fats).

Omega 3 is a protective fat the body cannot manufacture. Walnut’s concentration of omega 3s has many potential health benefits ranging from cardiovascular protection, to the promotion of better cognitive function, to anti-inflammatory benefits helpful to asthma, rheumatoid arthritis, and inflammatory skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis. In addition, walnuts contain an antioxidant compound called ellagic acid that supports the immune system and appears to have several anticancer properties. More than a decade of scientific evidence shows that incorporating walnuts in a healthy diet reduces the risk of heart disease by improving blood vessel elasticity and plaque accumulation. Omega 3 has also been shown to lower LDL cholesterol.

Walnuts have often been thought of as a “brain food”, not only because of the wrinkled brain-like appearance of their shells, but because of their high concentration of omega-3 fats. Your brain is more than 60% structural fat. In order for your brain cells to function properly, this structural fat needs to be primarily the omega-3 fats such as those found in walnuts.

Melatonin, a powerful antioxidant, has also been discovered in walnuts, in a bio-available form. Melatonin is a hormone produced by the pineal gland, which is involved in inducing and regulating sleep. Melatonin has been shown to help improve sleep for night shift workers and people suffering from jet lag. Maintaining a healthy level of this hormone is important for everyone over the age of 40 since the amount of melatonin produced by the human body decreases with age.

Studies show that enjoying just four walnuts a day significantly increased blood levels of omega-3 essential fatty acids and alpha linolenic acid. This proves even a very simple change in diet can have a highly beneficial and lasting effect on our health. Boosting your body’s supply of omega 3 fatty acids couldn’t be any easier. Just add a few walnuts to your morning cereal or daily salad or grab a handful for an afternoon snack.

In fact, people who eat nuts at least twice a week are much less likely to gain weight than those who almost never eats nuts. Study authors concluded, “Frequent nut consumption was associated with a reduced risk of weight gain. These results support the recommendation of nut consumption as an important component of a cardio protective diet and also allay fears of possible weight gain.” So, don’t let concerns about gaining weight prevent you from enjoying the delicious taste and many health benefits of nuts.”

Organic, Raw Pumpkin Seeds

About:

“Pumpkin seeds are one of nature’s almost perfect foods. They are a natural source of beneficial constituents such as carbohydrates, amino acids and unsaturated fatty acids. They contain most of the B vitamins, along with C, D, E, and K. They also have the minerals calcium, potassium, and phosphorous. Pumpkin seeds have mainly been used to treat prostate and bladder problems, but they have also been known to help with depression and learning disabilities. They are generally recommended in some countries as a “brain food.” Pumpkin seeds can improve bladder and urethra function and prevent hardening of the arteries. Native American tribes were among the first people to notice the beneficial aspects of pumpkin seeds. They used them to treat kidney problems and to eliminate parasites from the intestines.

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of proteins and monounsaturated fat, as well as providing a wide range of traditional nutrients. Our food ranking system qualified them as a very good source of the minerals, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, iron, copper, protein, and zinc. One half-cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your Daily value of magnesium, which a nutrient most Americans as deficient in.

Zinc is one further nutrient found in pumpkin seeds that might impact prostate function. The fact that pumpkin seeds serve as a good source of zinc may contribute to the role of pumpkin seeds in support of the prostate. Benign prostatic hypertrophy, (or BPH) is a condition that commonly affects men 50 years and older in the United States. BPH involves enlargement of the prostate gland. One of the factors that contribute to BPH is overstimulation of the prostate cells by testosterone and its conversion product dihydrotestosterone (or DHT). Components in pumpkin seed oil appear able to interrupt this triggering of the prostate cell multiplication by testosterone and DHT. Because of the pumpkin seed oil extract, scientists began to conduct research on the pumpkin seeds themselves. The prostate-helpful components found in the pumpkin oil extracts are definitely found in the pumpkin seeds. Men with higher amounts of carotenoids, which are found in pumpkin seeds, are at less risk for BPH.

In addition to maintaining prostate health, another reason for older men to make zinc-rich foods a regular part of their healthy way of eating is bone mineral density. Although osteoporosis is often thought to be a disease for which postmenopausal women are at highest risk, it is also a potential problem for older men.

Phytosterols, found in pumpkin seeds, lowers cholesterol. When phytosterols are present in the diet in sufficient amounts, they are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease the risk of certain cancers. Phytosterols beneficial effects are so dramatic that they have been extracted from soybean, corn, and pine tree oil and added to processed foods, such “butter-replacement” spreads, which are labeled as cholesterol-lowering foods. Why settle for an imitation when nuts and seeds are a naturally rich source of phytosterols and cardio protective fiber, minerals and healthy fats as well?

The healing properties of pumpkin seeds have also been recently investigated with respect to arthritis. Unlike synthetic drugs, pumpkin seeds do not increase the level of damaged fats (lipid peroxides) in the linings of the joints, a side-effect that actually contributes to the progression of arthritis. Adding pumpkin seeds to a daily diet helps reduce the inflammatory symptoms of arthritis.

Using pumpkin seeds in cooking is popular in many cultures. Adding roasted pumpkin seeds to soups and salads provides a nutty flavor. Pumpkin seed oil can be used as a salad dressing when combined with products like honey and olive oil. Roasted pumpkin seeds are of course commonly eaten as snacks, but be aware that while roasting brings out their full flavor, the heat also destroys their natural fatty acids. Thus they are most nutritious when eaten raw. Also make sure to refrigerate pumpkin seeds so the oil does not turn rancid.”

Organic, Raw Cacao Powder

About:

“Cacao is the bean that chocolate is made from. In its raw state, it contains more antioxidant flavonoids than red wine, green tea and blueberries. Our raw cacao powder is rich in a number of essential minerals including magnesium, sulfur, calcium, iron, zinc, copper, potassium and manganese. Raw cacao powder also contains many rare key nutrients that enhance physical and mental well-being.

Cacao contains anandamide, which is also produced naturally in the brain. It is known as the “Bliss” we feel, because it is released while we are feeling great. Cacao contains enzyme inhibitors that decrease our bodies’ ability to breakdown anandamide. This means after eating cacao, that a natural anandamide and/or cacao anandamide may stick around longer, making us feel good for a longer period of time.

Cacao has been proven to be an excellent source of PEA (Phenylethylamine). It is an adrenal-related substance that is also created naturally by the brain and released when we are in love. This is one of the reasons why love and chocolate have a deep correlation.

Antioxidants are what keep you looking younger and help fight disease. An antioxidant laboratory analysis confirms that there are over 25,200 antioxidants in a single spoonful of raw cacao powder. Dark chocolate has been touted as a source of antioxidants, but this raw chocolate is way beyond that. Researchers found eating 100 grams of dark chocolate each day for 15 days lowered blood pressure. Another study concluded that the body’s ability to metabolize sugar (a problem for people with diabetes) was improved. Cacao also contains the antioxidant of catechin, which has a protective effect against heart disease and some cancers.

Cacao seems to be the #1 source of magnesium of any food. It contains massive quantities of this essential nutrient. Magnesium is used to balance brain chemistry, builds strong bones, and helps regulate your heartbeat and blood pressure. Magnesium deficiency, which is present in approximately 80% of Americans, is linked with hypertension, heart disease and joint problems.

Cacao is also high in the beauty mineral sulfur. Sulfur builds strong nails and hair, promotes beautiful skin, detoxifies the liver and supports healthy pancreas functioning. One of the key amino acids, Tryptophan, is found naturally in cacao. Tryptophan enhances relaxation and promotes better sleep. Cacao powder also contains Arginine, the aphrodisiac-like amino acid believed by body builders to build muscle and aid in muscle recovery.

Cacao contains subtle amounts of caffeine and theobromine. However, experiments have shown that these stimulants are far different when consumed raw, rather than 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. Interestingly, when the same decoction was made with the raw unroasted beans; the effects were unnoticeable, leading the researchers to conclude that the physiological changes were caused by aromatic substances released during roasting.

So, use raw cacao when you get those chocolate cravings! This raw cacao powder can be used in place of cocoa powder in any recipe. This will not only add great taste to whatever you’re making, but it also adds all these health benefits as well.

This cacao powder is certified organic and raw. Our premium cacao beans come directly from the farmers who cultivate them. These farmers grow their crops on their own land, using the same sustainable methods that have been used for generations. These cacao beans are guaranteed to be free of heavy metals, chemicals and pesticides. They are USDA certified organic. They are imported from Peru and Ecuador.

The cacao powder is created by cold-pressing raw, organic cacao beans into a pressed cake separating the oil from the protein and fiber. The temperature is never allowed to exceed 120° F and is usually 104° F (all other cocoa powders are exposed to temperatures as high as 300° F!). A high-accuracy thermometer monitors the process. The remaining dry ‘cake-like’ material is then cold-ground and fine-milled so that only the finest raw cacao particles become the finished product.

This raw cacao powder has antioxidant activity as exhibited by an ORAC score of 1377 TE/g and is an excellent source of magnesium (42% DV) and iron (22% DV).

Suggested Uses:

  • Get your day started right, by adding raw cacao powder to your morning smoothie.
  • Create a protein drink from cacao. It’s a perfect fuel for competitive sports.
  • Bake your own raw chocolate bars or fudge using cacao powder.
  • Blend into cold coffee drinks.
  • Sprinkle on banana, other fruits or your cereal.”

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My Thoughts:

The only reason you don’t see a 5-star “WAHOO!!” rating is because I do not believe that the walnuts in this bundle are organic. However, I am crazy about the quality of the cacao powder and the pumpkin seeds.

Cacao powder: where do I start? If you start incorporating one single superfood into your diet, make it raw, organic cacao powder. Be very mindful about what you’re buying. The majority of what you’ll see on grocery store shelves is cocoa powder, which has been heated to extend the shelf life. In that process,  a large mass of its nutrients have been stripped. That’s why raw is so important. Raw cacao (just like merely any plant other food) is so much better or you when it’s raw, as the nutrients and antioxidants are the most plentiful in this state. Not only is cacao one of the best (if not the best) tasting superfoods, but it’ll serve you as a natural energy booster and can even contribute to skin health, among a bunch of other overall health benefits. I use a few tablespoons in my morning superfood drink that contains: cacao, turmeric, cayenne, cinnamon & maca powders.

I do my best to keep my consumption of junky fats to a minimum (over-processed oils, butters, etc.) However, I do not fear fat. Your body truly needs fat in the diet to operate optimally. Amongst various tasks, dietary fat plays a key role in the endocrine system, helping facilitate hormones dispersement. I say all of that to say–walnuts and pumpkin seeds are two healthy, nutrient dense options of fat sources. You can add them to a smoothie, a fruit bowl, make them into nut or seed butter, or even make your own homemade nut or seed milk! (it’s super simple: a handful of nuts or seeds into a blender filled to the top with water. Then blend! Voila!)