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FocusFusion Cocoa

For years, we’ve been hearing about chocolate’s ‘feel good’ and ‘heart healthy’ attributes. However, emerging research suggests that chocolate may also be good for your brain.

One study, published in the August 2013 issue of Neurology reported that, "Drinking two cups of hot chocolate a day may help people keep their brains healthy and their thinking skills sharp."

Drinking hot chocolate appears especially helpful for those with impaired blood flow to the brain—experiencing a 30% bump in memory and thinking abilities, along with an 8.3% improvement in blood flow to the working areas of the brain.

 

FocusFusion Cocoa blends brain-supportive herbs with decadent European chocolate to bring to market the most satisfying cocoa the world has ever seen.*

We start with the finest cocoa beans Europe has to offer—hand picked and slow roasted in their shells to preserve their delicate flavors, aromas and subtleties. With the roasting complete, the shells are removed and the kernels are finely ground and paired with all natural flavorants and sweeteners to complement the decadence of the one-of-a-kind European chocolate.

Flavanols May Be the Key...

Researchers suspect that cocoa’s cognitive cachet can be credited to flavanols. These naturally occurring antioxidants—found in foods including cocoa, red wine and tea—are already credited with offering protection against high blood pressure and risk of heart attack or stroke.

"We know that eating foods rich in flavanols is part of a healthy diet," says Rachel Johnson, PhD, professor of nutrition at University of Vermont. “If people want to add more flavonols to their diet, chocolate is one option.” Another report presented at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science Energy Research, suggests that flavanols in antioxidant-rich cocoa may have the potential to help maintain healthy brain function and could lead to new solutions for preventing cognitive decline and dementia.

Focus on Mental Focus

Billions of coffee lovers around the world reach for their morning cup to help jumpstart their day, and their brain in the process. With that goal in mind, we’ve infused the brain supportive herbs Bacopa Monnieri and Gotu Kola in each cup of FocusFusion Cocoa so you can enjoy the laser sharp focus of Energy + Mind without the caffeine.

Why Bacopa Monnieri?

It has a long history of use as a popular brain tonic to increased mental clarity, improved mental and brain functions, enhance clear thinking and support learning and memory. The bacosides (saponins) in Bacopa appear to play a protective role in the synaptic functions of the nerves of the hippocampus, the seat of memory. Nerve impulses are transmitted across the synapses (the gap between the neurons, over which impulses lead to their learning), and their degeneration is believed to contribute to impaired memory and cognition. Use of Bacopa is thus thought to improve learning skills and impaired memory. Additional brain effects of Bacopa demonstrated in lab research include reduction of both anxiety and depression. Biochemically, these nervous system effects have been attributed to an enhancement of the effects of the neurotransmitters acetylcholine and, possibly serotonin or GABA.

So what is it about this perennial creeping plant that has neurologist so excited? Perhaps it's the purported retention qualities exhibited during a double-blind randomized placebo controlled research study in Australia at the University of Woolongong. Or the decreased rate of forgetting or newly acquired information, verbal learning rate and memory consolidation observed during a similar study reported in Neuropsychopharmachology.

Sharpen Up

Just like Energy + Mind, FocusFusion and been formulated to include a health dose of the herb centella asiatica (or gotu kola) to add something your tall hot chocolate from Starbuck's will never provide, mental clarity.

Why Gotu Kola?

It has been used as a medicinal herb for thousands of years in India, China and Indonesia to improve mental clarity. In fact, so much so that it is frequently referred to as "food for the brain." This oriental herb has demonstrated mild tranquilizing, anti-anxiety and anti-stress effects, as well as improving mental functions such as concentration and memory. It has a calming effect on the body and is chiefly used to support the central nervous system. These beneficial qualities offer some hope for those who have challenges focusing, as the herb has demonstrated the ability to have a soothing and relaxing effect on an overactive nervous system.

As a brain tonic, gotu kola is said to aid intelligence, concentration and memory. It is said to combat stress and depression, energize flagging mental powers, increase libido, ward off a nervous breakdown and improve reflexes. It energizes the central nervous system and rebuilds energy reserves.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.
These products are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease.