May 23, 2020
"Coffee, chocolate, wine?" "Beans, beans, fruit!"
“All you need is love. But a little chocolate now and then doesn’t hurt.”
— Charles M. Schulz

I love health news that supports my favorite indulgences.

Who wouldn't!

Years ago I wrote an article published in The Windham Independent titled

"Coffee? Chocolate? Wine?" "Beans! Beans! Fruit!"

Today I'll be focusing mainly on chocolate.

I've done this before, but there's some new information here, and we all truly need a break from today's health headlines.

So... here we go!

A number of studies support the positive effects of  cocoa  on cardiovascular health, including its ability to reduce common risk factors such as insulin resistance, endothelial dysfunction, low levels of HDL or "good" cholesterol and oxidized LDL (or "bad") cholesterol.

Recently, a study on French women investigated the potential benefit of cocoa consumption in lowering  high blood pressure  risk.
Did you stop drinking chocolate milk sometime around middle school? Well, researchers just gave grownups a reason to indulge in this childhood treat. It turns out that chocolate milk (relative to plain milk) is heart healthy. 
Here's an article I wrote for the Keene Sentinel a few years ago on the health bennies of chocolate...
Dark chocolate boosts mood, protects the brain, improves memory and focus, & more.
Wondrous Roots Cacao Extract
Raw cocoa is the most effective, because none of the polyphenols are destroyed by heating.

Cacao nibs are one way to get raw chocolate. At Wondrous Roots we also make a liquid extract the same way we do all of our medicinal extracts. Note "cacao seed" but that's the pod we think of as a bean...
Novel form of thiamine... new to me!
Learned this from a client...!
If you've been with me for very long, you've often heard me refer to a novel form of thiamine called benfotiamine.

One of my clients and I recently realized just how badly she needed vitamin B1, and then she did some research.

I had NEVER heard of this form:

"Thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide, a derivative of thiamine (vitamin B1) with high bioavailability. This form has been shown to cross the blood-brain-barrier and can bypass normal routes of thiamine absorption, with a higher rate of uptake both in the gut and at the cellular level." 
As you know, this kind of information is what I love to learn!

Similar, in a way, to the novel form of magnesium that affects the brain so brilliantly I've been talking about, recommending to my clients, and taking myself.

Thank you, Dr. Cathy!
Joining me next week...

Joe Mabe of HyperBaric Fitness

"Hyperbaric Fitness provides people with a safe, ready-made environment where you can experience all the physiological benefits of scuba-diving without going to the ocean at a reasonable cost. You walk or roll in, pressurize, read or talk, depressurize, exit. It is that simple. The entire process takes up to 1.5 hrs."

Joe, I just can't wait to pick your brain! Joe's daughter, Sara, who plays an integral role in the business, will also be with us. YAY!

Remembering with gratitude...
My friend and client
Staff Sergeant Eugene R. DeLalla, left

Remembering your service & sacrifice...

Patriotism consists not in waving the flag, but in striving that our country shall be righteous as well as strong.

James Bryce
Enjoy the weekend...
It's here! Finally... and with it the little pests and NOT so wondrous weeds...
At Wondrous Roots we have remedies for summer woes so spring and summer can be more wondrous and less woeful! The link below is to our rescue kit, but you can purchase each product individually, as well.
"Go to health!"
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