Amino Z Natural Cocoa
When people think of supplements, they tend to think about the big ones -- protein powder, BCAAs, creatine, and pre workouts.
But what if I told you that you should be adding cocoa powder to your list?
Historians believe that cocoa was first used as a health boosting compound by the Ancients Mayans of Central America, who used it regularly to boost energy, improve mental and physical wellbeing, and promote longevity.
But it wasn't until it was introduced to the continent of Europe by Spanish explorers in the 1600s it really began to hit its straps and achieve “supplement” status.
Now, in modern day, cocoa is arguably most well-known for its role in the production of chocolate. However, recent research has proven that the Mayans were onto something, with its supplementation offering some potent health effects in the human body.
Cocoa is Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are potent natural compounds that help reduce inflammation in your body by preventing oxidative damage within your cells. This can help lower blood cholesterol, blood pressure, blood sugar, and subsequently, boost health.
Although numerous foods contain antioxidants, not too many contain them in high amounts -- which is where cocoa enters the discussion.
Cocoa contains an abundance of unique antioxidant compounds known as “polyphenols” and “flavonoids”. As a result, its supplementation offers a very unique way to improve your health across a variety of different systems .
One thing to note is that cocoa actually loses many of its antioxidant properties when it is exposed to heat -- which is why cocoa powder is a much better option than something like chocolate, for example.
Boosts Nitric Oxide
One of the cooler effects that cocoa has on the human body revolves around its ability to increase nitric oxide production.
Many of the antioxidant compounds found in cocoa have been shown to increase the production and secretion of nitric oxide throughout your body. Because nitric oxide is a vasodilator, this can improve blood flow, making it easier for your heart to pump blood around your body .
This offers up two benefits.
Firstly, this increase in blood flow can help improve blood pressure, which is seriously positive for your health. Secondly, it can facilitate a better pump during exercise, which may also help improve muscle recovery.
Increased Mental Focus
Several studies have found that the polyphenols found in cocoa can also impact upon your brain.
Some of the specific flavanols in cacao can enter your brain from your bloodstream. Once there, they facilitate the production of neurons -- the cells that help transfer messages in your brain.
Additionally, these same compounds also improve nitric oxide production in your brain tissue. As you may have guessed, this improves blood flow to your brain, which can improve nutrient delivery and neural function 
As a result, cocoa supplements have been shown to improve mental performance in a big way  .
All of which indicates that cocoa could be a viable option pre-workout if you want to try something completely different.
In conjunction with its effects of mental performance, there is reason to believe that it can also improve mood and emotional wellbeing.
Those same flavanols that enter the brain and boost neuron production also help increase the secretion of serotonin. This is important because serotonin is what we consider to be a “mood stabiliser”.
With this in mind, the supplementation of cocoa has been shown to improve feelings of calmness and contentment, reduce feelings of stress, and cause global increases in mental and emotional wellbeing .
If you are after a stress reducer that may also help you get into the zone before training, then look no further.
How to Take Cocoa Powder
Now when most people think of cocoa powder, they think of chocolate. While this is certainly true (I mean, chocolate does contain cocoa), chocolate also comes with a lot of sugar and fat.
As such, we would argue that it is not the best way to get more cocoa into your diet -- which is why we put together this amazing cocoa powder.
Not only is it completely organic, free of gluten, artificial colours, and soy, it is also vegan friendly and made entirely here in Australia. This makes it the perfect way to increase your daily cocoa consumption without increasing your intake of less desirable food products.
Oh, and we should mention that it tastes amazing too.
Some of the best ways to take cocoa powder include:
• Put one serving in your post-workout protein shake
• Add a serving into your oats in the morning
• Try cooking up some cocoa flavoured protein pancakes
• Sprinkle it on some fruit for a chocolate flavoured treat
All very simple and effective ways to get in more cocoa and boost your health in the process.
Cocoa powder is a unique supplement that provides a potent dose of amazing antioxidants straight into your body. This can lead to reductions in inflammation and improvements in health, combined with better blood flow, enhanced brain function, and improved mood.
If you are after a supplement that can not only improve your health but also boost your performance in the gym, then we have got you covered.
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2. Fraga, César G., et al. "Cocoa flavanols: effects on vascular nitric oxide and blood pressure." Journal of clinical biochemistry and nutrition 48.1 (2010): 63-67.
3. Sokolov, Alexander N., et al. "Chocolate and the brain: neurobiological impact of cocoa flavanols on cognition and behavior." Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews 37.10 (2013): 2445-2453.
4. Nurk, Eha, et al. "Intake of flavonoid-rich wine, tea, and chocolate by elderly men and women is associated with better cognitive test performance." The Journal of nutrition 139.1 (2009): 120-127.
Total Serves per Package: 200
Serving Size: 5.0000g
|Per 5g Serve||Per 100g|
|Energy||75 kJ||1500 kJ|
|Protein||0.9 g||17.7 g|
|Carbohydrate||0.5 g||9.4 g|
|Complex Carbs||0.4 g||8.7 g|
|Sugar||0 g||0.7 g|
|Fibre||1.4 g||27 g|
|Fat||1.1 g||22.3 g|
|Saturated Fat||0.7 g||14.4 g|
|Caffeine||0 mg||0 mg|
|Sodium||0.9 mg||18 mg|
Please note that the nutritional profile will vary according to your flavour selection.
Lab Test Results
Product quality and transparency is at the heart of our values. Below you will find the independent third-party lab tests we have published relevant to this product.
Ingredient Lab TestsNatural Cocoa: Lab test date: 28/09/20
Natural Cocoa: Lab test date: 04/08/20
Natural Cocoa: Lab test date: 08/07/19
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