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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!


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.

Introduction

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!


Ingredient Spotlight: ActiveBlendz Defend’s Elderberry Reduces Cold Duration and Symptoms

ABSTRACT:

Intercontinental air travel can be stressful, especially for respiratory health. Elderberries have been used traditionally, and in some observational and clinical studies, as supportive agents against the common cold and influenza. This randomized, double-blind placebo-controlled clinical trial of 312 economy class passengers travelling from Australia to an overseas destination aimed to investigate if a standardised membrane filtered elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) extract has beneficial effects on physical, especially respiratory, and mental health. Cold episodes, cold duration and symptoms were noted in a daily diary and assessed using the Jackson score. Participants also completed three surveys containing questions regarding upper respiratory symptoms (WURSS-21) and quality of life (SF-12) at baseline, just before travel and at 4-days after travel. Most cold episodes occurred in the placebo group (17 vs. 12), however the difference was not significant (p = 0.4). Placebo group participants had a significantly longer duration of cold episode days (117 vs. 57, p = 0.02) and the average symptom score over these days was also significantly higher (583 vs. 247, p = 0.05). These data suggest a significant reduction of cold duration and severity in air travelers. More research is warranted to confirm this effect and to evaluate elderberry’s physical and mental health benefits.

Keywords: elderberry, travel, cold symptoms, clinical trial, nutritional supplements, complementary medicines, sambucus, physical health

Introduction

Air travel, especially on intercontinental flights can be stressful, thus putting extra strain on passenger’s physical and psychological health [1]. Studies have shown that passengers’ well-being is influenced by the cabin environment such as cabin ozone concentration and oxygen pressure, motion or vibration and oil additives used in aircraft engines [2,3]. Fatigue, impairment of immunity as well as increased stress and mental changes has been reported during and after long-distance flights [4,5,6]. A recent review of medical in-flight events lists respiratory symptoms among the most common medical complaints reported [7]. Not surprisingly, many studies have investigated the occurrence of nasal dryness and the increased risk of developing upper respiratory disorders such as allergic rhinitis and attracting virus or bacteria induced respiratory infections during long-haul air travel [8,9]. Moreover, an added risk of spreading respiratory diseases, including influenza, aboard commercial flights exists [10].

Recently, for the first time a herbal medicine, echinacea, was trialled in travellers and showed protective effect against the development of respiratory symptoms during travel involving long-haul flights [11]. Following travellers return from overseas, participants using echinacea displayed a lower respiratory symptom score and the overall percentage of participants affected by respiratory disease symptoms was marginally lower in the Echinacea group compared to placebo.

However, there are other herbs that have traditionally been used to treat respiratory symptoms and aid in the recuperation from a cold. Black elderberries for example, are well known to be supportive agents against common cold and flu like symptoms and have been used for centuries [12]. Interestingly, a non-travel related clinical trial just revealed that a combination of echinacea herb and root extract supplemented with elderberry (Sambucus nigra L.) can be as effective as the conventional antiviral medicine oseltamivir for the early treatment of influenza [13].

Elderberries have shown antibacterial [14] and antiviral activities in in vitro [15]. Two clinical trials using a liquid elderberry extract (Sambucol®, Israel) showed a reduction in symptoms and duration of influenza infection [16]. A pilot trial with elderberry extract lozenges (HerbalScience, Singapore) also confirmed a beneficial effect on severity and duration of cold and flu like symptoms [17].

In recent times, elderberry has gained popularity in research and the wider community due to its reported antioxidant [18], antidiabetic [19], anti-inflammatory and immune-modulating [20], as well as antidepressant [21] properties. The berries are dark violet-black drupes which grow in clusters and owe their colour to the anthocyanins; a group of phenolic compounds which, amongst flavonoids, are abundant in elderberries and considered the active constituents of the fruits [22]. However, elderberries also contain a variety of nutrients ranging from various vitamins (A, B1, B2, B6, B9, C and E), trace elements such as Cu, Zn, Fe and minerals such as K, Ca and Mg to phytochemicals such as carotenoids, phytosterols and polyphenols. These additional constituents and activities make elderberries a likely candidate for beneficial nutritional and/or medical supplementation not only for respiratory, but also for cardiovascular and mental health, all of which may be affected during travel.

Given that elderberry supplementation has never been investigated so far for its possible beneficial effects in air-travelers, we conducted a randomized controlled trial aimed at identifying whether capsules containing a proprietary membrane filtered Elderberry extract (Iprona, Italy), standardized to polyphenols, are effective in preventing respiratory symptoms, but also if they positively impact on the overall physical and mental health of travelers when using long-haul, commercial flights as means of transport.

Click here to read more about this published 2016 study.

 


Bacopa Monnieri and Epilepsy Study

ABSTRACT:

Bacopa monnieri is an outstanding nervine tonic used for raising the mental performance.

It helps in concentration, comprehension, recall and alertness, Brahmi is particularly beneficial as it aids in categorizing information in brain and its subsequent expression.

Bacopa is also called as a natural antioxidant which may give details its neuroprotective role seen in the memory centers of the brain.

Scientific research on B. monnieri revealed its anticonvulsant, antioxidant, memory and cognition improving properties.

These are transient behavioral abnormalities and cognitive impairments in epileptic patients.

During long-term treatment, epileptic drugs are creating cognitive and memory deficit in patients. B. monnieri can be used as a herbal medicine for ameliorating the memory and cognitive impairments during epilepsy.

The present review summarizes information concerning botany, chemistry and beneficial effect of Bacopa monnieri on epilepsy associated behavioral deficits.

Click to view the study in its entirety.


Javita helped me lose weight, shrink my waist and save my life!

“I believe to the deepest part of my heart, that Javita’s coffee & products prevented a routine treadmill stress test from turning into a serious medical issue for me.

I have been drinking both coffee blends (Burn + Control and Energy + Mind) religiously for 3 years.

When I started, my weight was in the 230 lb range. I had very bad eating habits, and it was very difficult to for me to lose weight by diet & exercise. My waist size was a tight 36, and I had no energy.

At the time, my source of energy was 5-8 cups of very strong over-the-counter coffee. My energy level was like a roller coaster throughout the day. I was introduced to Javita in August 2013 and was instructed to replace the coffee I had been drinking with Burn & Control for the next 30 days and to my surprise I lost 11 lbs in the first 9 days. I have lost a total weight to date of 32 lbs, and am down to a size 31 waist…maintaining, drinking and enjoying only two cups a day.

In April 2016, I was scheduled for my annual physical which included a treadmill stress test which monitors the heart. The week before my test, I had injured my knee. With the swelling and having to have it drained twice, I canceled my treadmill test. Within a few hours, I received a call back from the cardiologist office and was told the doctor did not want to cancel the test and could still be done by a common procedure called LexiScan (whereby injecting a drug into my system would artificially stimulate my heart as though I was actually exercising).

During the test, my heart rate and blood pressure went through the roof and had felt a sharp pain in my chest and arm.

That night, I experienced extremely bad headaches which led to a stroke the following day. The doctor insisted that the test did not cause the stroke and believed it had exposed an underlying issue that I had. He then scheduled an Angiogram, believing he would find blockage in my arteries which would require a stent to be used to open up blood flow.

Happy to say nothing was found. He then referred me to another Cardiologist who specializes in the electrical rhythm of the heart and again nothing was found to be abnormal.

As I mentioned, I believe from the deepest part of my heart that Javita coffee and the benefits it provides was a huge factor to my positive test results.

Needless to say, I am so grateful for integrity and the high-quality products Javita has provided for me.” ~Steve Yparrea

 


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