Ingredients

 

HEALTHFUL PROPERTIES OF THE MAIN INGREDIENTS

Agave (Blue)

Agave (Blue)

Contains minerals , phytonutrients, vitamins & enzymes

Extracted from the agave plant, agave is a syrup that is a low GI sweetener.  Native to Mexico, it is considered a sacred plant in Central America as they believed the liquid of this plant purified the body and soul.  Agave has anti-microbial properties and has been proven to be effective against enteric (intestinal) bacteria.
Agave is about 90% fructose and 10% glucose.  Natural fructose has a very low GI value so it won’t overstimulate the production of insulin making agave a much safer sugar alternative for some diabetics. 

Almonds

Almonds

High in magnesium, potassium, calcium, vitamins B2 & E, dietary fibre & tryptophan, good source of manganese & copper.

Almonds are a super food all in themselves.  Tryptophan helps to combat depression and insomnia and to stabilise moods.  It helps to control hyperactivity in children, alleviate stress, is good for the heart, it reduces appetite and releases the growth hormone.  It is good for migraines and headaches.  
Almonds are a good source of manganese and copper, two trace minerals essential for the key enzyme superoxide dismutase. SOD is a metabolic enzyme that revitalises cells and reduces the rate of cell destruction.  It neutralises the most common and possibly the most dangerous free radicals.  SOD aids in the body’s utilization of zinc, copper and manganese.  It is being considered for its anti-aging properties.  It is essential for the lubrication of the body’s joints.

Calcium is vital for the formation of strong teeth and bones and for the maintenance of healthy bones.  It is also important for the maintenance of a regular heartbeat and in the transmission of nerve impulses.  Calcium lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent cardiovascular disease.  It is needed for muscular growth and contraction, and for the prevention of muscular cramps.  It is essential in blood clotting and helps prevent cancer.  Calcium provides energy and participates in the protein structuring of RNA and DNA.

Apples

Apples

Good source of Vitamin C & fibre

Apples are extremely rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Phytonutrients in apples can help regulate blood sugar. Polyphenols in apples have been shown to lesson the absorption of glucose from the digestive tract; to stimulate the beta cells of the pancreas to excrete insulin; and to increase uptake of glucose from blood via stimulation of insulin receptors.

The strong antioxidant composition of apples provides us with protection from possible oxidation of fats, including fats found in the bloodstream or fats found in our cells linking our blood vessels. The antioxidant compounds also help prevent LDL cholesterol from oxidising and inhibit inflammation.

Apples also contain quercetin, an antioxidant that aids endurance by making oxygen more available to the lungs.

Brazil Nuts

Brazil Nuts

Highest source of selenium. They contain zinc and magnesium, thiamine, phosphorous, copper and iron.

Brazil nuts can only be found in one place on earth, the amazon rain forest.  Selenium stimulates the immune system and discourages the aging process, it is a powerful antioxidant proven to protect against heart disease and prostate cancer. 
Selenium is an essential trace mineral that functions as an antioxidant in partnership with vitamin E.  It protects the immune system by preventing the formation of free radicals that can damage the body.  Selenium plays a vital role in regulating the effects of thyroid function on fat metabolism.  It has also been found to act as a preventative for certain types of tumours.  Selenium and vitamin E act synergistically to aid in the production of anti bodies and to maintain a healthy heart and liver.
Zinc is required for protein synthesis and collagen formation.  It is essential for prostate gland  function and growth of the reproductive organs.  It promotes a healthy immune system and the healing of wounds.  It protects the liver from chemical damage, allows for bone formation and allows acuity of taste and smell.
NZ soil does not contain selenium or zinc.

Cacao

Cacao

The most concentrated form of magnesium, highest food source of chromium, vitamins B1, B2, B5, B6, C & E in significant quantities.
It contains fibre, iron, phosphorus, niacin, hundreds of chemicals and phytonutrients.

Raw cacao is one of the world’s most amazing superfoods containing copious amounts of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and chemicals.
Chocolate in its natural state is a totally guilt-free, nourishing, heart opening food.  It has been used to treat a variety of ailments including use as an antidepressant and aphrodisiac.
Magnesium supports the heart, relaxes the muscles, increases flexibility, causes healthy bowel movements and builds strong bones. As one of the body’s primary alkaline minerals, magnesium assists  the normal functioning of several chemical enzymatic processes facilitating more than 300 different detoxification and elimination functions.  It helps balance blood sugar levels.  Chromium is vital in the synthesis of cholesterol, fats and proteins.  Raw cacao beans contains antioxidant flavanols, 20-30 times more than red wine or green tea making them possibly the richest source of antioxidants in food.

The four main chemicals it contains are:
1, Theobromine- dilates blood vessels, has proven to be an effective cough remedy and has been shown to destroy the bacteria that creates tooth decay.  As opposed to cooked chocolate, raw chocolate contains no or little caffeine.
2. Phenylethelamine- this chemical is the love or happy chemical and is naturally released by the brain when we are happy or sexually aroused.  It acts in the parts of the brain that controls our ability to pay attention and stay alert. 
3. Anandamide- the bliss chemical is an endogenous cannabinoid naturally found in the human brain, the name is derived from the Sanskrit word “ananda” meaning bliss.  Other than cannabis, cacao is the only other plant source known to contain cannibinoids that lock into receptor sites in our brain resulting in the feeling of being elated or high.  Anandamide is highly involved in the chemical regulation of mood, memory, appetite and pain perception.  Being of plant source, anandamide from cacao lingers in the body longer, drawing out the elated sensation.
4. Tryptophan-reacts with the vitamins B3 & B6 in the presence of magnesium to produce serotonin.
Cacao Butter contains omegas 3, 6 & 9

Cashews

Cashews

Rich in iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, E, phosphorus, zinc, copper, manganese, and folate.

Cashews are one of the top sources of iron. The most important function of iron in the body is the production of hemoglobin and myoglobin, and the oxygenation of red blood cells. Iron is also important for a healthy immune system and energy production. 
Potassium is important for a healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm.  It helps prevent stroke, aids proper muscle contraction, and works with water to control the body’s water balance.  Potassium is important for chemical reactions within the cells and aids in maintaining blood pressure and in transmitting electrochemical impulses.  Together with magnesium, also found in cashews, potassium can help prevent calcium-oxalate kidney stones.

Cherries

Cherries

High in iron, antioxidants & melatonin.

Cherries contain the phytochemical anthocyanin, which has strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects. 
Cherries also contain more melatonin than any other fruit. Research has shown that melatonin may have several profound long-term effects on the body. As one of the most powerful antioxidants ever discovered, with greater range of effectiveness than vitamin C, vitamin E, or beta-carotene. In this way melatonin may prevent the changes that lead to hypertension and heart attack. Research has indicated that many age-related illnesses are caused by declining levels of melatonin, which leave the body less able to prevent and repair oxidative damage. Melatonin is known to be an effective and side-effect free sleep aid and is used to ease PMS; stimulate the immune system; prevent memory loss, arteriosclerosis, and stroke; and treat cancer and Alzheimer's disease.

Coconuts

Coconuts

Contains Omega 3,6,9
Lauric Acid & Fibre

The coconut is often referred to as the “tree of life” as it can provides everything one needs.  The coconut has amazing similarities to humans in that their life span is 90 years, they reach sexual maturity around the age of 12-13, the fruit takes 9 months from flower to harvest, the water  is extremely similar to human blood and is virtually identical to plasma, during war times the water was directly transfused into wounded soldiers.
Coconut oil, from the mature coconut , has less calories than any other fat source.  It contains no cholesterol and helps to balance cholesterol levels.  The oil helps to break up accumulated fats in the body and metabolise them.  The oil also contains the second highest amount of lauric acid which is anti-fungal, anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-parasitic.

Dates

Dates

Fibre, carbohydrates, potassium, B vitamins, magnesium, iron.

Carbohydrates supply the body with the energy it needs to function and are found almost exclusively in plant foods with fruit being one of the richest natural sources.  Carbohydrates are the main source of blood glucose, which is a major fuel for all the body’s cells and the only source of energy for the brain and red blood cells.  Unrefined carbohydrates such as fruits do not have the negative health disorders associated with them that refined carbohydrates have such as diabetes and low blood sugar.

Fibre helps to lower blood cholesterol levels and stabilise blood sugar levels.  It helps to prevents colon cancer, constipation, haemorrhoids, obesity and many other disorders.  Fibre is good for removing certain toxic metals from the body.

Hazelnuts

Hazelnuts

Rich in fibre, B vitamins, calcium, magnesium, vitamin E, manganese. High in folate, iron, copper, zinc & phosphorous.

Hazelnuts are rich in unsaturated fats, which are good for the heart. Rich in oleic acid, they are shown to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Manganese helps to protect the body from cancer and promotes a healthy digestion by helping the metabolism of proteins and carbohydrates. Manganese also helps increase bone density and fight osteopenia. Magnesium not only helps to increase the strength in muscles but also helps to avoid muscle tension, soreness, spasms, cramp and fatigue. And if that's not enough, the B complex vitamins help build and repair damaged DNA.

Mangoes

Mangoes

Good source of vitamin C & E, beta-carotene & alpha carotene, copperfolate, vitamin K, potassiumcalcium, antioxidant zeaxanthin.

Deemed "The king of fruits" mangoes are one of the most nutritionally rich fruits containing vitamins, minerals, and polyphenolic flavanoid compounds and has many health promoting qualities. The beta-cryptoxanthin in mango has protective antioxidant properties and can be converted by the body into vitamin E.
Eating mangoes everyday has shown to help moderate & even lower blood sugar levels making mangoes a beneficial and recommended fruit for diabetics.  
Research has found that mangoes protect against colon, breast, lukemia and colon cancers. The vitamin A content of mangoes helps improve vision and is required for healthy skin and nails. The vitamin A carotenes are known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. High in pre-biotic dietary fibre mangoes have shown to improve digestion, bone health, skin and hair. The antioxidant zeazanthin filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration. 

Oats

Oats

High in manganese, excellent source of phosphorus, copper, biotin, vitamin B1. Good source of magnesium, fibre, chromium, zinc & protein.

Oats contain a specific type of fibre known as beta-glucan, which has been effectively proven to reduce cholesterol and stabilize blood sugar. Beta-glucan also enhances the human immune systems response to bacterial infection by helping non-specific immune cells navigate to the infection and enhance the immune cells ability to eliminate the bacteria.
Antioxidant compounds unique to oats, avenanthramides, provide a cardio protective mechanism which prevent free radicals from damaging LDL cholesterol. 

Raisins

Oats

High in potassium, calcium, iron, manganese, magnesium, copper, fluoride, zinc and flavonoids. Good source of B vitamins & dietary fibre.

Raisins are a rich and concentrated source of energy, vitamins, electrolytes, and minerals. They contain more vitamins, fibre, minerals and polyphenol antioxidants than fresh grapes. Raisins contain a polyphenol antioxidant, resveratrol. Resveratrol has anti-inflammatory, anti-cancer, and blood cholesterol lowering properties. Studies have found that resveratrol can provide protective action against cancers like melanoma, colon and prostate, and diseases such as coronary heart disease, degenerative nerve disease, Alzheimer's disease and viral/fungal diseases. Resveratrol has also been shown to reduce the risk of stroke by increasing the production of a beneficial compound that causes relaxation of blood vessels.

Raisins also contain anthocyanins, a polyphenol if antioxidant that has been found to have anti-allergic, anti-inflammatory, anti-microbial and anti-cancer activities.

Raspberries

Raspberries

Excellent source of vitamin C, manganese & fibre. Good source of copper, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, folate, omega 3, niacin, potassium, riboflavin & folic acid.

Strong in antioxidants such as Vitamin C, quercetin and Gallic acid that fight against cancer, heart and circulatory disease and age-related decline. High in ellagic acid, a known chemo preventative, which has been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties.

Studies have found that the phytonutrients found in raspberries, especially rheosmin, can increase metabolism in our fat cells. By increasing enzyme activity, oxygen consumption, and heat production in certain types of fat cells, raspberry phytonutrients may be able to decrease the risk of obesity as well as the risk of fatty liver. Rheosmin can decrease activity of a fat-digesting enzyme released by our pancreas called pancreatic lipase. This decrease in enzyme activity may result in less digestion and absorption of fat.

Strawberries

Strawberries

High source of vitamin C, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B5 & magnesium, ellagic acid.

Strawberries have tonic, detoxifying, diuretic, re-mineralising and astringent properties.  Strawberries rate high on the fresh fruit and vegetable antioxidant scale and are a key source of ellagic acid, a phenolic acid that has potent anti-carcinogenic activity and also acts as an antioxidant. 
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that is required for at least 300 metabolic functions in the body, including tissue growth and repair, adrenal gland function, and healthy gums.  It aids in the production of anti-stress hormones and interferon, an important immune system protein, and is needed for the metabolism of folic acid, tyrosine, and phenylalanine.  It protects against the harmful effects of pollution, helps to prevent cancer, protects against infection, and enhances immunity.  Essential in the formation of collagen, vitamin C protects against abnormal blood clotting, bruising and may reduce the risk of cataracts, and promote the healing of wounds and burns.  Vitamin C cannot be manufactured in the human body.
Ellagic acid can inhibit the growth of tumours for example, of the tongue, oesophagus, and the lungs.  It has also been linked to reduced risk of prostate cancer.

Vanilla

Small amounts of B vitamins such as niacin, pantothenic acid, thiamine, riboflavin and B6, calcium, magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron and zinc.

Vanilla contains high levels of antioxidants, which reduce free radicals in the body.  Vanilla has anti-carcinogenic properties that essentially come from the chemical vanillan.  Vanilla extract has the ability to act as a mild tranquiliser and sedative, an antidepressant, and helps fight inflammation from fevers.

Walnuts

Walnuts

High in Omega 3, excellent source of copper and magnesium, and a good source of potassium, vitamin B6, carotenoids and melatonin. They contain phosphorus, iron, niacin & selenium.

Walnuts are a great source of vitamins E & A, along with alphalinoleic acid, a heart healthy acid.  Walnuts also contain ellagic acid, an anti-carcinogen and antioxidant also found in strawberries and pomegranates.
Copper aids in the formation of bone, haemoglobin, and red blood cells, and works in balance with zinc and vitamin C to form elastin, an important skin protein.  It is involved in the healing process, energy production, hair and skin colouring, and taste sensitivity.  This mineral is also needed for healthy nerves and joints.  Copper is essential for the formation of collagen, one of the fundamental proteins making up bones, skin and connective tissue.