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Mycotoxins. The Silent Supervillain.

For chocolate lovers and coffee lovers alike, mycotoxins can be our worst enemy. They’re like the mysterious super villain that works behind the scenes to squash the plans of the superhero. Or that guy that nobody invited to the party who ends up spilling wine on your new carpets.

In other words, mycotoxins are not our friends, and something we do well to avoid as much as possible. The less mycotoxins we consume from our environment and in our food the better. It may be impossible to avoid mycotoxins completely but reducing them as much as possible with some simple changes to our diet and lifestyle can have profound effects on our health and overall well-being.

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What is a mycotoxin? 

Mycotoxins grow on mold and yeast that form in damp environments and during the growing and processing of many common foods.  There are many forms of mycotoxins, including the most common like aflatoxin, fumonisms, and trichothecenes.

Mycotoxins can contribute to many health problems like weight gain, brain fog, fertility problems, cancer, insomnia, and kidney and liver failure. A good way to know if our body is dealing with mycotoxins can be recurring nightmares, brain fog, heightened allergies and increased heart beat, especially after eating mycotoxin laden foods or walking into a rotting or moldy building.  

Prolonged exposure to mycotoxins can cause dehydration and override the liver and lungs, causing a toxic build-up, which dramatically reduces the wonderful healing capabilities of the immune system. 

Where are mycotoxins found? 

One of the main sources of mycotoxins come from damp homes and buildings that have had floods or water leaks. Ensuring that your living space and car is free from toxic molds and fungus is a great start. Whether your home smells damp or you simply suspect it of having mold problems, it can be a good idea to have someone come to your home and test for toxic mold and mycotoxins in the air. There are many great air testing services in most cities. 

Here are the most common foods that contain mycotoxins. 

  • Corn
  • GMO crops and foods 
  • Grains
  • Grain-fed meats and dairy
  • Peanuts
  • Cottonseed Oil
  • Fermented foods (except grass fed yogurt, kefir, and apple cider vinegar)
  • Alcohol
  • Chocolate
  • Coffee
  • Bananas

Do heating and cooking destroy mycotoxins? 

In short, no. 

Heating, roasting, and cooking can destroy many molds and yeasts that form on foods but unfortunately the mycotoxins that grow and thrive on this mold are not destroyed, requiring up to a thousand plus degrees farenheit to be destroyed. 

How can we protect against mycotoxins and mold? 

If you suspect your home or work environment to have mold, get it tested. It’s best to be safe than sorry. 

In chocolate, just because it’s roasted doesn’t mean it is free from mycotoxins and molds. It is imperative to find a high quality cacao that is processed and prepared with care. The truth of the matter is the chocolate industry is not adequately regulated for mycotoxins and mold, making chocolate high on the look-out list for mycotoxins. 

We take special care by testing each batch of our chocolate and use proprietary processing techniques to ensure a mycotoxin and mold free chocolate.

Learn more about our mycotoxin free chocolate.

Until next time, stay WISE. 

 

 

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WISE Chocolate – The magic behind our beans

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We love chocolate. A lot.

We want to share it’s health benefits and healing properties with the world. So we’ve taken great care in sourcing the highest quality most life giving cacao that we know exists.

So what makes our beans so special?

First off, we select only beans harvested in the high altitude, mineral rich volcanic soils of Ecuador’s mountain regions. The trees in this area produce an heirloom variety of cacao, called Arriba Nacional, which unlike more common types of cacao is not hybridized, meaning their genetics are still intact and they can live more harmoniously with the wild environment. These trees, some being over 80 years of age, are fed only by mountain springs, rain water, and the hot Ecuadorian Sun. The clean environment and mineral dense soil provides a healthy cacao that ensures a mineral dense, dynamically flavored, and highly activating wild chocolate experience. This usually means you can eat less of our nutrient rich chocolate and still get that fix. Save the rest for later or share – your friends will thank you.

Secondly, each batch of our beans is tested on site for mold, yeast, fungus, and mycotoxins, to ensure a clean and toxin free cacao. Most of the world’s chocolate supply is unfortunately unregulated and sourced from processing facilities located in large industrial complexes. This can make for polluted ground water and air, and can be festering grounds for insects and bacteria, translating into a dirty cacao that then gets sold off to large distributors or chocolate producers as ‘high quality’. The problem here is that the chocolate industry is unregulated in its mycotoxin testing laws. If a container of chocolate gets flagged for high mold, it often gets sold off to another facility free of testing.

A high mycotoxin count in any of the foods that we eat can lead to numerous health problems and even contribute to a caffeine like jittery sensation often associated with high amounts of cacao. Fortunately for us, we’ve taken measures to ensure a mycotoxin free cacao. It’s as clean as it gets.

We also cold process our cacao in a proprietary manner that doesn’t require roasting, so unlike most of the chocolate on the market, you’re getting a cacao that has all of it’s naturally occurring wild nutrients and brain pleasing boosters such as tryptophan and PEA.

In our endevours to provide the most pleasing and sensually tantilizing raw chocolate experience ever, we sincerely hope you will join us on this wildly inspiring adventure.

Be WISE. Eat WISE Chocolate

To learn more about the magic that makes cacao the lover’s favorite gift and ‘the food of the gods’, check out our blog on the Science of Raw Cacao.

 

 

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Drinking Pürblack, Shilajit, Moomiyo. Making use of your Mineral Pitch.

Before you start using mineral pitch resin (also known as Shilajit, Moomiyo or Pürblack) you actually have to know that you’re using genuine and high quality resin. If there are any doubts that the mineral pitch you are using is not genuine it is better not to use it at all. In future articles, we will look into the forms and types of shilajit resins (mineral pitch) currently available, the vital importance of using only high-quality preparations, reliable sources, how to recognize good quality products, and the scams and shortcuts some disreputable suppliers have resorted to, rather than take the trouble to provide a truly top-grade product.

For the moment, though, we’ll assume you have procured a supply of resin, of excellent quality. Pürblack for example. Now what do you do with your new treasure?

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The simplest answer to that would be, “Follow the instructions that came with it.” And indeed, you could – and should. It’s true that your supply of shilajit should be accompanied by detailed instructions on how to use it for varying purposes. For example when you are getting Pürblack, you will receive an instruction circle with dosage. If you are using mineral pitch on the recommendation of a holistic practitioner, he or she will have some instructions for you, too – and of course you should follow those instructions closely.

Shilajit may be taken at any time, for general health, increased energy, and as a prophylactic measure. Used in this way, it would normally be taken once or twice a day. If you are taking Pürblack Live Resin it is best to use it either in the morning or in the evening. It is timed to support a functional time cycle of your body.  If you are taking Pürblack in the morning it is recommended before food. In the evenings Pürblack should be taken 30 or 40 minutes after food and about one hour before you go to sleep. This is an ideal and if you cannot follow it you can consume the resin any time of the day at your convenience.

High-quality resin has been found to be non-toxic, even in doses well beyond those necessary for a health supporting effects. According to research, it is not carcinogenic, and does not pose any danger of reproductive harm, including inhibition or prevention of conception.

It should be noted that shilajit is not a panacea. It has also been found to be highly effective when taken along other herbs or extracts as part of a comprehensive program.

The most common way to use mineral pitch resin (a.k.a. Shilajit or Moomiyo) is by ingestion – taking it by mouth. The two most common forms of commercially available shilajit are powder, and a thick resin or paste. The resin is the more natural, less fabricated of the two forms. Many consider that since it is therefore closer to its native state, shilajit in resin form is more effective. Nevertheless again any form should be procured only from reputable suppliers as 98-99% of mineral pitch products (shilajit, moomiyo, salajeet, etc.) are imitation products.

Mineral pitch can be ingested all by itself, just as it comes from its packaging. Because of its pungent taste and smoky smell, though, most users prefer to take it mixed with something else. Two classic mediums to dissolve the resin are water and milk. One can also use teas, nut milks, coffee, even honey and liquid chocolate. Using warm liquid will often make the resin dissolve more rapidly. Pürblack should not be taken in liquids warmer than natural body temperature or if you want to be precise the temperature should not be exceed 102°F. This is because Pürblack is purified in a way, which allows us to make it as close to its natural state as possible. It is a third and latest generation resin (also known as Shilajit, Moomiyo or Salajeet) with heat sensitive compounds intact.

When making a shilajit solution, it is best to make only enough for immediate use. If there is any left over, though, it can be kept refrigerated in a sealed container.

Shilajit can be mixed with other superfoods or herbs and taken as a tonic elixir. Taking it in such combinations will increase effectiveness of the herbs, amplified and harmonized by the resin.

Shilajit powder sometimes comes in capsules. Of course the capsules may be swallowed directly, but they can also be carefully pulled apart and emptied, so that the powder can be used directly. The danger of capsules is that they are usually filled with imitation product.

To summarize, there are only three things to remember:

  • Use only the highest quality resin available
  • Chose dosage which suits you the best
  • Dissolve it in liquid ideally the purest water you can get
  • Drink

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What on Earth is Schizandra?

A single taste of Schizandra berry says it all.

What on Earth is Schizandra?

Schizandra Berry, known in China as ‘Wu Wei Zi,’ translates as the ‘Five Taste Fruit’. It contains within its dynamic essence, all five flavours—bitter, sweet, salty, pungent, and sour. It is known in Chinese Tonic Herbalism to access the five Yin organs, all 12 meridians, and tonify the three treasures*.

For many herbalists, Chinese medicine practitioners, gastronauts, and those who have tried it, Schizandra is held in a place of great reverence and joy; many who try it report amazing benefits, sometimes only after the first day of use. It’s qualities and benefits are widespread, often being called, ‘the herb that does it all’. After 100 days of use, it is said that the true benefits and magic of schizandra will be shown. Often resulting in vibrant skin and hair, clear eyes, increased mental clarity and sexual stamina.

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The Benefits of taking Schizandra daily

–       cleanses and maintains clean blood

–       promotes beautiful skin, eyes, and hair

–       increases mental stamina and clarity

–       improves sex drive and potency for men and women

–       Increased blood flow for men and women

–       Helps provide moisture to the female sexual organs

–       Helps skin to hold its moisture and adapt to environmental stress

How does it work?

Schizandra cleanses and provides nutrients for the blood. Imagine every river and stream on our planet was crystal clear. Life would thrive and beauty would abound. The blood acts as the river within our bodies, carrying nutrients, cleansing toxins, and functioning as an information highway. If our rivers are clean, we experience more clarity, stamina, and life force than ever before.

A Stage 1 and 2 Liver Detoxifier Like other bitter and astringent herbs, schizandra serves as a stage 1 liver detoxifier, assisting the liver in releasing and cleansing accumulated toxins. Many other herbs and plants have the ability to assist in this process, however, stage 2 is essential in the removal of these toxins from the blood stream and body to ensure they are not reabsorbed. When a substance enters the body and binds with a toxin and releases it from the liver, it becomes bio-active and it can sometimes be reabsorbed back into the body. Quite often, ‘cleansing effects’ are experienced while detoxing or practicing cleansing; this is often the result of the reabsorption of the very toxins we are trying to get rid of. As a stage 2 detoxifier, schizandra helps to safely activate all of the phase 2 liver detoxification enzymes necessary for removal of these toxins.

Schizandra can be taken on a daily basis to safely detox the blood and as a maintenance strategy for the protection of thousands of chemicals we are exposed to every day, among other amazing benefits.

A Sexual Tonic ‘An ideal herb for intimate relationships’, schizandra is used in a large majority of Asian sexual tonic formulations. It is said to increase the ‘Water Qi’ of the kidneys and other organs, helping to maintain moisture in women and staying power in men. After prolonged use it is reported to improve sexual pleasure in the female and male sexual organs by increasing circulation and improving moisture.

A Mind Tonic Like other adaptogens, schizandra has a regulating effect on the central nervous system. It can be slightly stimulating, as well as mildly sedating, or ‘Shen’ balancing, exciting or inhibiting the control functions of the cerebral cortex.

*The three treasures are said to be the three fundamental energies that govern and bring us life, Jing, Qi, and Shen. The 12 meridians are the main energy channels that flow throughout our body. The 5 Yin Organs are the lungs, spleen, heart, liver, and kidneys.

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How can it be taken?

Our Magnetic Warrior chocolate is a great way to ensure a daily dose of schizandra, as well as give us some great recipe ideas. Schizandra goes famously well with chocolate, however, it must be blended carefully, as it’s strong flavor can often throw a recipe off. Get schizandra berry powder, or blend the dried berries in a vitamix or coffee grinder, sift out the chunks, and add them to your next chocolate creation.

One of our simple favorites: Schizandra Goji tea
4 parts goji berry
1 part schizandra berry
Clean, fresh, spring water or filtered living water
Simmer lightly for 10 minutes- 4 hours and enjoy this ancient classic.

Schizandra tincture: There are many great schizandra tinctures available on the market. Add them to a simmering tea to burn off the alcohol or take it orally.

Our Favorite Schizandra-Chocolate Elixir:
2 cups Hot Dark Reishi Tea
1tbls Wild and Raw Honey
1tbls Coconut Oil
1 Magnetic Warrior Chocolate bar
Handful of Goji Berries
1 tsp Schizandra Berry Powder

Start the 100 day Schizandra Berry challenge today!

**Coupon CODE: SCHIZANDRAWARRIOR – Enter this coupon code at check out for a free Magnetic Warrior with the purchase of 5 or more! Happy New Year!

 

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Who is Wise One Superfoods?

Meet the Founder:

Derek Rohde, yogi, raw food chef, elixir alchemist, and eco-preneur, founded Wise One Superfoods with a vision to offer the healthiest and most decadent raw chocolate to everyone willing to dive in and indulge.

While travelling to Central America after college, Derek fell in love with the tastes, sensations, and health benefits of the ancient meso-american superfood, Cacao. He celebrated Cacao’s ancient lore and traditions, all the while experiencing the magic of this wild jungle superfood in its tropical environment.

While deep in the Costa Rican jungle, Derek tasted for the first time true chocolate in its raw, uncooked form. Traveling to pyramid sites, and visiting ancient Cacao orchards, he connected with the cultures that used Cacao ceremonially and in celebration, revering it as the food of the gods. Like so many others, he fell madly in love with chocolate.

Upon returning home, he worked at a raw food and smoothie bar in Vancouver where he first experimented with raw Cacao. His friends and family began asking him all the time for his chocolate, and before he knew it, his life turned into a perpetual chocolate party.

He focused on the study and symbiosis between raw chocolate, superfoods, and superherbs. Hosting raw chocolate parties and chocolate making events, Derek dialed in his recipes and tested his Cacao and superfood blends on the taste buds of hundreds of very willing volunteers. As Wise One Superfoods formed, his mission became one of sharing the joy and health benefits of Cacao, as well as Earth’s most nutritious and beneficial superfoods.

His vision is one of a daily celebration in which friends near and far can fuel themselves on the most delicious and nutritious chocolate possible.

Derek sees the opportunity to support farmers with beyond fair-trade standards and to spread knowledge of these foods, in an agriculturally responsible manner, by using only organic or sustainably harvested wild ingredients.

After just one year of dedication to this vision, Derek is grateful that Wise One Superfood’s chocolate is now available across Canada and protecting the quality and integrity of the world’s most incredible foods.

Join us on this wild adventure!

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The Science of Raw Cacao

What makes raw chocolate so amazing and unique? Why is everyone talking about the health benefits of chocolate?

We’ve taken a break from eating chocolate to answer these questions.

Anti-oxidants: Raw chocolate contains more anti-oxidants than any other food, with an ORAC score of approximately 13,000 per 100g, which is more than blueberries, red wine, goji berries and pomegranates COMBINED. Because of the high levels of anti-oxidants, Cacao has been shown to lower blood pressure, improve overall heart function and circulation, and is associated with anti-aging and longevity.

Magnesium: is key for relaxation and healing of the muscles throughout the entire body. Magnesium fights acid buildup, neutralizes toxins, calms sensitivity to pain, quiets nerves, builds strong bones and teeth and is essential for many other functions. Over 80% of Americans are chronically deficient in magnesium. Cacao is said to be the highest magnesium containing food on the planet.

Theobromine and Caffeine: Our 28g bars of chocolate contain 1%-4% the amount of caffeine as a 10oz cup of coffee. Cacao’s minimal caffeine content is often confused with a similar alkaloid, theobromine. Caffeine is said to be a nervous system stimulant, whereas theobromine is a cardiovascular stimulant, increasing heart function and blood flow and has about one quarter the stimulating power of caffeine. Cacao contains about twice as much theobromine than caffeine.

Serotonin: As well as containing serotonin, raw Cacao also boosts the body’s natural production of serotonin, increasing our mood and ability to fend off stress. Magnesium and tryptophan, both necessary chemicals for the production of serotonin, are contained in raw Cacao. Tryptophan is heat-volatile and therefore non-existent in cooked chocolate or a cooked food diet, making raw chocolate an excellent way to obtain dietary tryptophan and maintain sufficient levels of the stress balancing serotonin.

-PEA, the love molecule: PEA, or phenylethylamine, is a neurotransmitter produced naturally in the body when we fall in love. It is contained in high amounts in raw Cacao and is one of the main reasons Cacao is associated with Valentine’s day and as a gift for lovers. PEA is heat-sensitive and is only present in unroasted, uncooked, raw Cacao.

-Anandamide: In Sanskrit, Ananda means ‘bliss’, making this the ‘bliss chemical’. Anandamide is a neorotransmitter that has been isolated in Cacao, and is released naturally in the brain when we are feeling happy. Aside from containing Anandamide, Cacao also contains enzyme inhibitors, which inhibit the breakdown of anandamide in the body, thus increasing its uptake and contributing to sensations of ‘bliss’ associated with raw Cacao.

-Chromium: Nearly 80% of Americans are deficient in chromium, an important trace mineral found in Cacao which helps to balance blood sugar.

-Zinc: Zinc plays a critical role in the immune system, liver, pancreas, and skin. Additionally, zinc is involved in thousands of enzymatic reactions throughout the human body. Cacao is a great source of zinc, especially for those on a plant-based-diet. Other great sources include pumpkin seeds and spinach.

-MAO inhibitors: As well as containing neurotransmitters, cacao also contains chemicals called MAO-inhibitors that inhibit the recycling and digestion of these very same neurotransmitters in the body’s digestive tract. In short, raw Cacao has neurotransmitters AND the chemicals necessary to ensure these neurotransmitters are absorbed into the body and reach the brain. For those familiar with Ayahuasca, a sacred shamanic hallucinogenic brew,  it is made by brewing a plant containing the neurotransmitter DMT (the psychoactive), with a plant containing MAO-inhibitors, which allows the DMT to be absorbed and the effects to be felt. Cacao, unlike this famous brew, is unique in nature as it has the full package of both neurotransmitters as well as MAO-inhibitors. Though it’s effects aren’t as significant as Ayahuasca, of course, this interesting combination of MAO inhibitors to neurotransmitters points towards some of the mystery and magic that this plant has been imbued with over centuries of ancient shamanic tradition.

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The ‘Wisdom Enhancing Superherb’, Rhodiola

Rhodiola is the Master Sensei, always reminding one to breath deep, adapt, and react as though each round is the final round.

A wisdom-enhancing superherb, Rhodiola grows in one of the harshest environments in the world– subarctic high-altitude mountain regions above 14,700 feet. This is a highly adaptable plant, withstanding intense conditions including dramatic temperature shifts, high UV radiation, and low amounts of oxygen. Because of it’s natural adaptogenic qualities, it helps to increase central nervous system function, reducing fatigue, increasing attention span and stress handling capabilities, and significantly improving overall mental and physical performance. Rhodiola has long been considered sacred in Tibetan Herbalism for improving focus during meditation and increasing performance during exercise.

Besides it’s adaptogenic qualities, Rhodiola is also known for being a powerful and safe anti-depressent, more powerful than the world’s #1 herbal anti-depressent, St. John’s Wort. It does this by targeting and minimizing the levels of the enzymes responsible for decreasing the brain’s levels of serotonin, epinephrine, and dopamine.

Rhodiola is especially useful for people living under stressful conditions that wish to improve their overall physical, spiritual, and mental performance.

Rhodiola has been shown to reduce depression: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17990195

Rhodiola has been shown to reduce fatigue and stress: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10839209

Check out Rhodiola in our FIRE DRAGON chocolate!

“As You Think, So Shall You Become” – Bruce Lee

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Welcome to WiseOneSuperfoods.com, let us introduce ourselves!

Wise One Superfoods is a Canada based, 100% organic manufacturer of the best in mind blowing and life enhancing raw superfood chocolates. Each of our products is an experience all of its own, delivering carefully selected, heirloom and beyond fair-trade superfoods. We’re Levity Inspired, designing our chocolate to elevate the senses and uplift the spirit!

Our Mission is to fuel the celebration with empowering and soul-nourishing decadence. We believe every day is a day worth celebrating, and we seek to enliven that experience by offering the most high-quality, wild, and premium raw superfood chocolates possible!

By tending to the wellness of ourselves, we tend to the wellness of our planet.

Thank you for your interest and support, may all beings unite on the journey of radical awareness.

Please, join us on this wild adventure!

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