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Chocolate Bars with Menopause in Mind
Women in all stages of life crave chocolate bars. Those in their menopausal years could benefit from a little added boost in their chocolate that can help to reduce their symptoms.
When you think of food as something you eat to support your health, you want to eat the ingredients that your body needs. Dr. Sara Gottfried, the author of The Hormone Cure, is quoted as saying that “an ounce of chocolate each day can be beneficial. Dark chocolate is rich in magnesium and resets your cortisol.”
Hot Chocolate Bars to Keep You Cool
Our Hot Chocolate bars, made of dark chocolate with a natural vanilla crème brûlée flavor, were formulated with menopause in mind. They were crafted with a blend of botanicals along with Estro-G 100®. This patented ingredient is clinically shown to reduce hot flashes by 65%, reduce fatigue by 67%, and reduce joint aches by 65%, while promoting healthy mood balance, focus, bone density, and energy levels. All without affecting hormone production.
The ingredients in our Hot Chocolate bars were carefully selected:
Estro-G 100® - This is all natural, plant-based formula of made from of nine purposely chosen, and proven natural ingredients. The herbs have a safe history of use in traditional medicines in cultures all over the world, and have been reported to have positive responses to help alleviate many common menopause-related symptoms including:
- Hot Flashes
- Night Sweats
- Poor Mood
The National Library of Medicine concluded that the symptoms of vasomotor, paresthesia, insomnia, nervousness, melancholia, vertigo, fatigue, and rheumatic pain were significantly improved in an EstroG-100 group when compared to a placebo group. The study also stated that EstroG-100 significantly improved the menopausal symptoms of pre-, peri- and post-menopausal women without weight gain or any serious side effects. This is the perfect reason to include it in our chocolate bars.
Evening Primrose Oil – The evening primrose plant is native to North America. It has large, goblet-like flowers in yellow, white, or pink. Each bloom has 4 distinct petals. Oil pressed from the plant’s seeds is used to help aid in the treatment of conditions like eczema, rheumatoid arthritis, premenstrual syndrome, and osteoporosis. The oil contains an omega-6 fatty acid that is used by the body to regulate blood pressure and keep the immune system functioning well.
The root has a light, peppery taste and can be eaten raw or cooked. We like how to enhances the taste of our chocolate bars.
Red Clover Extract – Red clover plants have compact clusters of rose-pink flowers that can be extracted into essential oils. It is widely used in traditional medicine to treat menopause symptoms and osteoporosis.
Red clover contains isoflavones. Some research has shown a connection between isoflavone intake and a decrease in osteoporosis risk. The high isoflavone content is also believed to help relieve certain symptoms of menopause like hot flashes or night sweats.
The flavor of red clover is mild, vanilla-like, and pairs well with chocolate.
Wild Yam Extract – Wild yam plants have yellow, dangling clusters of stalkless flowers with 6 petals. The extract is often used as a “natural alternative” to estrogen therapy as it contains a chemical that can be converted into estrogen in lab tests.
Licorice Root Extract - Licorice Root is considered one of the world’s oldest herbal remedies. As the name suggests, it comes from the root of the licorice plant. It is native to Western Asia and Southern Europe, yet it is grown all over the world.
Clinical studies show that licorice root may have potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial effects as well. Findings by the National Institutes of Health showed that “licorice root is effective in reducing the frequency and severity of hot flashes” which is why we include it in our chocolate bars. It has a bitter sweetness that blends well with high-quality chocolate.
Dong Quai Root Extract - Dong Quai is a fragrant plant with clusters of small white flowers. The flower belongs to the same family as celery and carrots. For more than 2000 years, Dong Quai has been used as an herbal medication in China, Korea, and Japan.
Also known as the “female ginseng”, Dong Quai has been used for hundreds of years to help support a positive response to symptoms associated with menopause, including night sweats and hot flashes.
The sweet and spicy flavor is pleasant, yet mild. Its unique taste is another reason to put in our chocolate bars made with menopause in mind.
Vitex (Chasteberry) - The Vitex agnus-castus fruit, also known as chasteberry or monk’s pepper, is about the size of a peppercorn. This plant is typically used as an herbal remedy to help treat a variety of menopause symptoms including mood, poor sleep, night sweats, and hot flashes.
Vitex may also offer additional health benefits including:
- Reducing headaches
- Reducing inflammation
- Bone repair
It has a bitter taste, so adding it to our functional chocolate bars is a great way to get it. Sure, you can crack the berries and sprinkle them on your food to give it a slightly peppery taste. But why would you do that when you can have it in your chocolate?
Black Cohosh Extract – The black cohosh plant is a member of the buttercup family and grows in North America. It is the most researched extract for menopause, and the most commonly used for menopausal symptoms, including hot flashes and night sweats, vaginal dryness, vertigo, sleep disturbances, nervousness, and irritability. It offers a bitter and pungent that melds well with the taste of chocolate and has a cooling effect on the body.
Functional Chocolate For Menopause Symptoms
Studies show which herbs and botanicals you can take to support your body’s changes as you go through menopause. You could spend a lot of time and money trying to source them all on your own, or you can sit back and savor the flavor of our high-quality chocolate.