The Numerous Benefits of Damiana Infused Chocolate
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Most people think of chocolate with fond childhood memories.  A delicious candy bar to be savored and enjoyed. Most people would probably also lump chocolate into the candy or “junk food” category, right? The truth is that quality chocolate is actually chalked full of nutrients and can provide a plethora of health benefits.  The key is quality. Most commercial brands dump a generous amount of sugar and preservatives into their products and the negative health impact of these ingredients outway the wonderful benefits provided by cacao.

Chocolates made with a high percentage of cacao are loaded with minerals and fiber such as iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium and many others.  They are also a potent source of antioxidants. In fact “One study showed that cocoa and dark chocolate had more antioxidant activity, polyphenols and flavanols than any other fruits tested, which included blueberries” - Healthline.com

The important thing is that the chocolate you eat contains healthy ingredients and sweeteners. MUAH! Chocolate by Flor De Amor is a perfect example. Gluten-free and sweetened with organic honey then flavored to perfection with organic cinnamon, vanilla, and almonds this chocolate is an amazingly delicious and healthy treat.  

 
 
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What makes MUAH! Chocolate unique is that it is infused with Damiana.  Damiana, or Turnera Aphrodisiaca, is a sub-tropical shrub found in the Sonoran Desert that produces small, serrated leaves with yellow, aromatic flowers. It blossoms in late summer, generally after rainfall, for a limited time. The shrub is said to have a strong spice-like aroma, due to the essential oils present in the plant. Damiana is also revered as an aphrodisiac, and can boost sexual potency/ fertility —and is well known in western herbalism for its tonifying and adjuvant properties, particularly in maturing women.

 
 
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“It is believed that Damiana was first used by the indigenous Guaycura in the Baja region of Mexico. Originally taken during religious ceremonies, it was later banned due to its ‘passion inspiring properties’ getting out of hand!” - indigo-herbs.co.uk. Another benefit of Damiana is that it contains Thymol, which has a stimulating effect on the body and mind while reducing depression and anxiety.  This versatile herb is also beneficial for digestion because it can increase the bodies ability to absorb nutrients (including the many minerals found in chocolate with high cacao content!).


 
 
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MUAH! Chocolate is made in South Baja using the traditional stone ground method. The Damiana used in this chocolate is sourced locally from South Baja.  All ingredients are certified organic. For more information or to shop MUAH! Chocolates visit muahflordeamor.com


 
Noel Bhavani Cianci