Changing Lives, One Cup at a Time

Thanks to FocusFusion, My Son is Thriving

My son Diego has high-functioning autism, ADHD and ODD. We started medicating him at age 5 (in kindergarten). Seven years later, he was having rages and couldn’t sleep. He wasn’t the only one. More often than I can count, I cried myself to sleep, hoping and praying that there was something out there that could help him.

I refused to give up hope, even when Diego’s therapist told me that he would likely end up in an institution because he was growing stronger and the rages could become a safety issue for the family. That is not something a mom likes to hear.

Thankfully, hope was right around the corner in the most unlikely of places… a cup of cocoa. I was introduced to Javita by a friend, and she didn’t know what we were going through. You see, I had lived a secluded life simply because of my son’s behavior. Not to mention, mental illness is very hard to understand and everyone has an opinion.

Diego had been on 40mg of Aderol and 20mg of depacot, and the doctor wanted to prescribe something else for high blood pressure so he could come down and sleep at night. This was not the life I wanted for my son.

Claudia showed me a box of FocusFusion cocoa and everything changed. I grabbed it immediately. I just had faith!

Diego started drinking the cocoa, and his change was immediate!!  We tested it on the weekends (skipping his servings of cocoa), and then Diego said I want to take it school and no more meds mom!!! I said ok, and today two years later we are completely medicine free.

Diego is no longer in special ed. He has a 3.28 GPA (in comparison to years of straight Fs when he was on meds) He has been awarded honor roll!

Then he started playing sports, something he could not focus on as a younger kid. We started with pop Warner football then Rugby. He was chosen to represent the US Rugby team, traveling to London, Portland, Utah and San Diego.

He is enrolled in a regular high school program, is the captain of the Freshman football team and starting running back / defensive tackle !!! He is amazing on the field, and at 6″1 215 lbs he is breaking records and racking up accomplishments.

We no longer talk about institutions, we talk about college, the NFL and his dreams / goals.  Thanks to FocusFusion, my son has an incredible future. We will be Javita drinkers for life, that I can guarantee!

FocusFusion Cocoa Product Call (Audio Recording)

Tune in as Javita’s Director of Botanical Research & Development (as well as product formulator) Monica Johnson takes us through the European cocoa and blends featured in FocusFusion, and shares with us how this incomparable formula stacks up against the competition. Helping to shed light on the unique benefits a product like FocusFusion provides is physician Dr. Chi Nguyen.

22 Proven Health Benefits of Cocoa

Everyone loves the taste of chocolate, but most people are unaware of its amazing health benefits. Cocoa contains polyphenols, which are rich in antioxidants and have an important nutritional value.

Cocoa consumption can improve heart and blood vessel health and neurodegenerative diseases, make you happy, and give you great skin.

Read this post to learn more about the amazing health benefits of cocoa.


For hundreds of years, cocoa has been used in body rituals and medicine throughout the world. Cocoa originated in the Americas and spread to Europe over time. Cocoa is used to reduce weight gain, fatigue, stimulate the nervous system, and improve digestive function, among others [R].

Interestingly, Panama is well-known for its cocoa consumption, and its population has better health and lower incidence of heart disease.

Cocoa comes from beans produced by the Theobroma Cacao tree and contains many beneficial components [RRR]:

  • Polyphenols – plant-derived compounds that protect against bacteria and UV rays. The most abundant polyphenols in cocoa are flavonoids, catechins, and epicatechins.
  • Theobromine – plant-derived compound that has many important functions in heart, respiratory, and mouth health.
  • Minerals – the most abundant minerals are magnesium, copper, and iron, all of which are important in overall health and body function.

Mechanisms of Action

Flavanols (a class of flavonoids) present in cocoa increase the production of nitric oxide (NO) by blood vessels (endothelial cells), which leads to widening of blood vessels, improving their function.

Cocoa exerts its antioxidant properties due to flavanols, which decrease the production of free radicals and, therefore, prevent the destruction of fats in the blood [R].

Epicatechin and catechin cross the blood-brain barrier and localize in certain areas of the brain, therefore providing protection to the brain and improving cognitive function [R].

Flavanols also slow the digestion and absorption of carbohydrates, which balances glucose levels in the body [R].

Health Benefits of Cocoa

1) Cocoa Lowers Blood Pressure

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Consumption of cocoa has been proven to lower blood pressure [R].

A study of 15 healthy people showed that the higher the concentration of flavanols, the greater the effect of cocoa on reducing blood pressure. Those who consumed dark chocolate, which has a high concentration of flavonols, saw a much more significant impact than those who consumed white chocolate (without flavonols) [R].

A meta-analysis showed that those who consumed high amounts of flavanols saw a greater reduction in blood pressure than those who consumed little to no flavanols [R].

2) Cocoa Prevents Oxidative Stress damaging cells

Polyphenols in cocoa are antioxidants that prevent free radicals from damaging cells [R].

Cocoa has been shown to have a higher antioxidant capacity than green and black tea and red wine [RR].

3) Cocoa May Improve Cognitive Function woman-forgetful-fb

Cocoa flavonoids improve brain health and cognitive function through both direct and indirect mechanisms.

Flavonoids play a role in brain health by protecting, enhancing function, and creating new neurons. They can also reverse neuron damage in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases [RR].

Flavonoids, mainly catechin and epicatechin, cross the blood-brain barrier and localize in areas of the brain responsible for memory and learning, which is where most neurodegeneration occurs [R].

Some studies (DB-RCT) have shown that acute consumption of cocoa improved working memory in healthy adults [RR].

A pilot study on 4 healthy young adults showed that cocoa flavanols also increase blood flow in the brain [R].

4) Cocoa May Prevent Heart Disease dc-Cover-ur8ogei3nb0t5ib4l76k5ugmk1-20160710122803.Medi

The flavonoids present in cocoa decrease blood clotting (platelet activity and accumulation), therefore preventing the formation of blockages within blood vessels [RR].

A meta-analysis suggested that the consumption of cocoa can reduce the risk of developing high blood pressure (hypertension), lower blood pressure, and reduce the risk of heart disease [R].

A review showed that daily consumption of cocoa can increase nitric oxide (NO) circulation in the bloodstream and improve endothelial function [R].

5) Cocoa Enhances Mood 10-Ways-to-Feel-Energized-All-Day-Long-1

A pilot study on 48 healthy men and women revealed that consumption of cocoa enhances mood [R].

A review of several studies also showed the effects of chocolate on mood. Based on the evidence collected, cocoa and chocolate are effective in enhancing mood as well as relieving mental fatigue [R].

6) Cocoa Reduces Constipation healthy-intestine

Cocoa husk is rich in dietary fiber, which helps keep the colon healthy.

A study (DB-RCT) on 48 constipated children revealed that cocoa, mainly cocoa husk, reduces constipation. Those that received the cocoa supplement reported quicker bowel movements, and fewer hard stools, compared to placebo [R].

A single-blind study of 44 healthy men and women suggested that regular consumption of cocoa results in a healthier bowel. Participants who consumed two servings of cocoa a day had faster, more frequent bowel movements, as well as softer stools [R].

7) Cocoa Reduces Chronic Fatigue Syndrome get-energized

A study (DB-RCT) showed that daily consumption of high concentrations of cocoa polyphenols reduced chronic fatigue syndrome, compared to placebo [R].

8) Cocoa May Treat Brain Disorders optic-neuropathy

Increased reactive oxidative species (ROS) play a role in the onset of brain disorders.

Due to the antioxidant properties of polyphenols, consumption of cocoa reduced the production of ROS, potentially protecting against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia [R].

A pilot study also showed that catechins and epicatechins in cocoa prevent the toxicity and death of brain cells in rats [R].

9) Cocoa May Reduce Obesity  obese_man_800

A study found that rats who were fed cocoa had less visceral fat. This may be due to the ability of cocoa to decrease the production of fats [R].

Another study showed that cocoa consumption in male mice reduced weight gain and the absorption of fat from the diet. Cocoa also reduced inflammation associated with obesity as well as improved insulin resistance [R].

10) Cocoa Is Anti-Cancer Stop-Cancer

Ornithine decarboxylase (ODC) is an enzyme present in normal cells that can lead to cancer if in excess. Cocoa flavanols and procyanidins reduce ODC activity, therefore reducing the risk of developing tumors, and can also kill colon cancer cells [R].

A pilot study revealed that cocoa also inhibits the growth and reproduction of prostate cancer cells, but not the growth of normal cells [R].

Moreover, a review showed that the antioxidant and anti-inflammatoryproperties of cocoa play a role in reducing the overall risk of cancer [R].

11) Cocoa Reduces Bad Cholesterol 

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A study (DB-RCT) on 48 people at-risk for heart disease and another study (DB-RCT) on 25 people with normal or slightly high cholesterol showed that consuming cocoa powder on a regular basis decreased LDL (bad) cholesterol and increased HDL (good) cholesterol [RR].

12) Cocoa Improves Diabetes and Insulin Resistance  blood-check-banner

shown that consumption of polyphenols can improve diabetes. Cocoa polyphenols, especially from dark chocolate, improve glucose breakdown, reduce blood pressure, and improve insulin resistance [RR].

A study on 10 diabetic patients revealed that consumption of cocoa counteracts blood vessel dysfunction caused by diabetes and improves endothelial function [R].

13) Cocoa Protects the Skin Top-10-Foods-That-Protects-Your-Skin-from-the-Sun

The antioxidant properties of cocoa flavonols play an important role in skin health.

A study (DB-RCT) on 24 healthy women who consumed high amounts of cocoa flavanols concluded that cocoa flavanols provide protection from UV rays, improve blood circulation, and hydrate the skin making it softer and less scaling [R].

Another study found that cocoa flavanols improve blood circulation and increase oxygen concentration in the skin [R].

Another study (DB-RCT) on 11 smokers showed that the consumption of flavanols can reverse skin damage caused by smoking [R].

14) Cocoa Protects the Teeth  welcome_image_2

A review and pilot study on human molar showed that theobromine, present in cocoa, protects the teeth (tooth enamel) [RR].

15) Cocoa Helps the Lunglungs-diagram-120926

A review showed that theobromine relieves coughing in humans and guinea pigs, with less side effects that other remedies [R].

A review and a pilot study on asthma patients showed that theobromine can improve lung function (dilation of the bronchioles) [RR].

16) Topical Cocoa may Help Heal Wounds Anti-Aging-Debunked-1-1038x560

Cocoa has long been used as a remedy for skin conditions such as burns and cuts. While there is not a lot of evidence for the topical use of cocoa products, a review of several studies showed that it promoted the regeneration of skin cells in pigs [RR].

Cocoa also disinfects skin wounds and protects against harmful UV rays [R].

17) Cocoa Treats Copper Deficiency due to Tube Feeding

A retrospective study on patients having long-term tube feeding showed that their copper deficiency was successfully treated with cocoa [R].

A similar study revealed that cocoa restored and maintained normal copper levels in deficient patients [R].

18) Cocoa Reduces Negative Effects of Magnesium Deficiency 

A diet low in magnesium can result in magnesium deficiency, which produces adverse symptoms, such as a loss of muscle mass.

Cocoa is rich in magnesium. A pilot study on rats revealed that cocoa can increase magnesium levels and improve the symptoms of its deficiency [R].

Cocoa Butter

Cocoa butter is the fat extracted from cocoa beans. Some of its components include the amino acidsarginine and leucine, fatty acids, such as oleic, stearic, and palmitic acids, theobromine, and caffeine, among others [R].

Cocoa butter doesn’t contain the polyphenols and, therefore, doesn’t have the same effect as cocoa.

19) Cocoa Butter Reduces Cough Depositphotos_6301020_m

Cocoa butter is widely used to treat a cough, in combination with warm milk and honey. Cocoa butter can also be rubbed on the chest and back to reduce coughing.

Several studies have shown that theobromine and caffeine, two active components of cocoa butter, are effective in reducing cough [RR].

20) Cocoa Butter May Reduce VLDL Cholesterol Cholesterol

VLDL cholesterol is the most unhealthy cholesterol-carrying protein as it contains the highest amount of fat (triglycerides). A pilot study revealed that rats that received cocoa butter had less VLDL cholesterol. This decrease can be attributed to a decrease in fat production or an increase in its removal [R].

21) Cocoa Butter May Improve the Skin   

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A pilot study on human skin showed that cocoa butter moderately increases the thickness of skin as well as collagen density. Results were better when cocoa butter was combined with cocoa polyphenols, compared to cocoa butter alone [R].

22) Cocoa Butter May Improve Kidney Function BlueManKidneys_250x333

A pilot study on rats showed that rats given a cocoa butter supplement reduced creatinine levels and may improve kidney function [R].


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FocusFusion Cocoa is BACK!

School isn’t the only thing back in session, FocusFusion Cocoa IS BACK and BETTER THAN EVER!

We have added more cocoa (30% more!), perfected the sweetness AND included a second natural, non-dairy creamer (from coconuts) to round out the flavor profile and satisfy your ‘creamy’ craving.

Don’t worry, the brain-boosting herbs (bacopa monnieri and gotu kola), which have provided countless health benefits and thousands of life-changing testimonials REMAIN UNCHANGED!

Also, we’ve increased the number of servings per container from 18 to 30 which required us to modify our packaging from individual packets to a resealable bag (with a single-serving scoop).

Kid tested, mom approved (and backed by science), your whole family will love the flavor and the benefits of this premium cup of cocoa.

Go to the Javita store to place your order now!

The role of antioxidant supplement in immune system

The trifecta of powerhouse antioxidants (tart cherry, blueberries and acai fruit) are featured in Javita’s ActiveBlendz Defend.Read on for more on the healthy benefits of these powerful nutrients… 


This review will discuss some issues related to the risk/benefit profile of the use of dietary antioxidants. Thus, recent progress regarding the potential benefit of dietary antioxidants in the treatment of chronic diseases with a special focus on immune system and neurodegenerative disorders will be discussed here. It is well established that reactive oxygen species (ROS) play an important role in the etiology of numerous diseases, such as atherosclerosis, diabetes and cancer. Among the physiological defense system of the cell, the relevance of antioxidant molecules, such as glutathione and vitamins is quite well established. Recently, the interest of researchers has, for example, been conveyed on antioxidant enzyme systems, such as the heme oxygenase/biliverdin reductase system, which appears modulated by dietary antioxidant molecules, including polyphenols and beta-carotene. These systems possibly counteract oxidative damage very efficiently and finally modulate the activity of oxidative phenomena occurring, for instance, during pathophysiological processes. Although evidence shows that antioxidant treatment results in cytoprotection, the potential clinical benefit deriving from both nutritional and supplemental antioxidants is still under wide debate. In this line, the inappropriate assumption of some lipophylic vitamins has been associated with increased incidence of cancer rather than with beneficial effects.IntroductionThe term “free radicals” designates a family of compounds characterized by great reactivity due to the impaired electron in the outer orbital. To this group belong reactive oxygen species (ROS), such as superoxide anion, hydroxyl radical and hydrogen peroxide, as well as reactive nitrogen species (RNS) which include nitric oxide and peroxynitrite. Although structurally different, free radicals share similar mechanisms to harm body’s cells and tissues through damage on proteins, DNA and lipids [1]. The alterations of membrane functions occurring as a consequence of phospholipid modifications represent a relevant, radical species-dependent injury, either when considering the organism as a whole, or a specific integrated function, such as the immune response [2]. The potential therapeutic applications of antioxidants in free radical-related diseases led to the hypothesis of their use to slow down or reverse, for example, symptoms associated with with neurodegenerative disorders, such as Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), or spongiform encephalopathies. Such effect could occur through a block of proinflammatory cytokines action and the resulting oxidative damage [34567]. However, several clinical studies demonstrated that not only malnutrition, but also the excess of certain nutrients (e.g. iron, alpha-tocopherol, beta-carotene, ascorbic acid) may set into motion oxidation phenomena and, therefore, cell injury [89]. Thus, it is of relevance that prior to considering introducing antioxidant therapy into mainstream medicine, significant advances in basic cell biology, pharmacology and clinical bioanalysis will be required.

Oxidative Stress
The body is normally under a dynamic equilibrium between free radical generation and quenching. The physiological defense systems to counteract free radicals encompass endogenous enzyme systems, such as catalase, glutathione reductase and superoxide dismutase, as well as glutathione, urate and coenzyme Q, or exogenous factors (β-carotene, vitamin C, vitamin E and selenium) [10]. All these molecules have an antioxidant effect due to their ability to transform ROS into stable and harmless compounds or by scavenging both ROS and RNS with a redox-based mechanism [10]. Very recently, a main role in the fight against oxidative stress has been assumed by enzymes such as heme oxygenase (HO) and biliverdin reductase (BVR). Heme oxygenase is a microsomal enzyme which metabolizes heme into ferrous iron, carbon monoxide and biliverdin (BV); the latter is then reduced by BVR into bilirubin (BR), a molecule endowed with strong antioxidant and antinitrosative activities [11121314]. Interestingly, all these protective factors act in a concerted way, enhancing the antioxidant defense system of the cell. When the balance between ROS/RNS and antioxidants turns in favor of the former, oxidative/nitrosative stress occurs. Although oxidative stress is associated with most diseases, routine assay methods are not nowadays available in the clinical practice. A strategy widely used to determine oxidative stress is measurement of malonyldialdehyde, F2-isoprostanes, or 8-hydroxydesoxyguanosine. Actually, these molecules are regarded as the most reliable markers available [15]. A classic example of an oxidation product apparently leading to disease, is oxidized cholesterol in low-density lipoprotein (LDL), which displays a higher atherogenic potential than native LDL, and mainly involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease (CHD) [16].At the cellular level, a large body of data clearly demonstrated that ROS, when produced in low amounts and in a controlled manner, are physiological components of the signalling generated by cytokines, growth factors and neurotrophic peptides [171819202122], although they may also activate apoptotic cell death [23]. Extracellularly generated ROS can diffuse through anion channels into the cytoplasm; the resulting variation in the cell redox state leads to modulation of an array of transcription factors (eg. NF-kB, AP-1), protein kinases (e.g. AKT, JNK, p38), and receptor activated MAP kinases involved in apoptosis [17242526]. Moreover, the proapoptotic molecules Fas and Fas ligand (FasL) undergo positive transcriptional regulation after exposure to oxidants [27]. Interestingly, Krammer and Colleagues demonstrated that in vitro administration of vitamin E suppresses FasL mRNA expression and protects T cells of HIV-1 infected individuals from Fas mediated apoptosis [28]. Moreover, it was demonstrated that administration of combinations of vitamin E and C to cultures of human umbilical vein endothelial cells (HUVEC) treated with lipopolysaccharide could prevent apoptosis by upregulation of Bcl-2 [29].


Antioxidants, The Immune System And Related Disorders

The protective function against external pathogens carried out by the immune system is by itself a source of ROS, since activated neutrophils, produce free radicals to a significant extent [30]. Moreover, during the inflammatory process, activation of phagocytes through the interaction of proinflammatory mediators, or bacterial products with specific receptors results in the assembly of the multicomponent flavoprotein NADPH oxidase which catalyzes the production of large quantities of the superoxide anion radical (O2 -) [31]. In addition to classical reactive oxygen metabolites, activated neutrophils and monocytes release the hemoprotein myeloperoxidase (MPO) into the extracellular space, where it catalyzes the oxidation of Cl- by H2O2 to yield hypochlorous acid (HClO) [32]. HClO is a non-specific oxidizing and chlorinating agent that reacts rapidly with a variety of biological compounds, such as sulphydryls, polyunsatured fatty acids, DNA, pyridine nucleotides, aliphatic and aromatic aminoacids and nitrogen-containing compounds [333435]. Moreover, apart from their direct toxic effects, neutrophil-derived oxidants may promote tissue injury indirectly by altering the protease/antiprotease equilibrium that normally exists within the intestinal interstitium. The oxidative inactivation of important protease inhibitors, coupled to the oxidant-mediated activation of latent proteases, creates a favorable environment for neutrophils that allows degradation of the interstitial matrix through elastases, collagenases and gelatinases, as well as injury to epithelial cells [3637]. However, not only immune cell produce ROS necessary for the microbicidal activity, but they are also sensitive to external ROS, due to their high polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) content. Immune cells are atypical, as compared with other somatic cells, in that they contain high levels of antioxidant vitamins, presumably providing protection against lipid peroxidation and immunosuppression, both of which are well known risks posed by high PUFA content [38]. The reactivity of immune cells to exogenous ROS has been shown to be age-dependent. In fact, lymphocytes from elderly individuals appear to be more sensitive to exposure to hydrogen peroxide than those from young adults [39]. Moreover, it has been demonstrated that a micronutrient deficiency can be the cause of suppression of immune function affecting both innate T-cell-mediated immune response and adaptive antibody response, thus altering the balanced host response. Therefore, an adequate intake of vitamins and antioxidant elements seems to be essential for an efficient function of the immune system. Micronutrient deficiency occurs in various conditions, such as eating disorders, tobacco smokers, chronic diseases, aging. During aging, changes in the immune system are frequent and associated with increased susceptibility to infections. Antioxidant vitamins and trace elements contribute to maintain an effective immune response [40]. For example, administration of vitamin E supplement to healthy elderly patients produced an increased antibody titer to both hepatitis B and tetanus vaccine [41], thus enhancing T-cell mediated functions. In conclusion, maintaining adequate antioxidant status may provide a useful approach in attenuating cell injury and dysfunction observed in some inflammatory/autoimmune disorders [4243].

Autoimmunity has been for decades considered the result of a breakdown in self-tolerance. At the present, it is known that autoimmunity is a physiological process [44]. This phenomenon becomes pathological when the number of autoreactive cells, and particularly the avidity of their receptors for autoantigens, increases [44]. Triggering of the disease usually depends both on the increase in immunogenicity of the target cell, which may be secondary to a viral infection (Chediak-Higashi syndrome and Griscelli syndrome by EBV), and on the individual’s own capacity to recognize the autoantigens (HLA, or T cell repertoire in Familial hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis [FHL]) [45]. Moreover, apart from the genetic defects that may predispose to autoimmune diseases, one must take into account the environmental factors that are implicated in the development of such pathologies. Among them, an important role is played by xenobiotics such as chemicals, drugs and metals [46]. Iron, aluminum, and manganese readily cross the blood brain barrier via specific or non-specific carriers, and contribute to the nervous tissue damage [4748]. The toxic effects of metals are mediated through free radical formation, or enzyme inhibition [4950515253]. In addition, metals may act as immunosuppressants (cytostatically), or as immunoadjuvants (through non-specific activation of the immune response) [5455]. Several mechanisms are proposed on how metals may act within the immune system to induce autoimmunity. Patients suffering from scleroderma develop autoantigens with metal-binding sites. After metal binding, free radical species are generated which fragment auto-antigens thereby exposing cryptic epitopes, which may then trigger autoimmunity [5657]. Taken together, these findings underlie the importance of exogenous factors in the pathogenesis of autoimmunity. Nevertheless, all these elements do not appear sufficient to provoke chronic autoimmune diseases such as Multiple Slerosis (MS), myasthenia gravis, Insulin Dependent Diabetes Mellitus (IDDM) or Hashimoto’s thyroiditis, and the passage to chronic disease is usually secondary to a defect in immunoregulation.

Click here to read more from this 2008 article in Nutrition Journal.



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