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Bee Pollen is a 100% natural source of nearly every nutrient that humans need to live well! Each granule of bee pollen is rich in vitamins, minerals, enzymes, fatty acids, lipids, flavonoids, and protein, making it a powerfully potent tool for improving one’s health. You may be familiar with the fact that local honey (because of bee pollen) provides relief from environmental allergies, but allergies are just one of many conditions bee pollen has shown to remedy. Let’s take a look at some other proven benefits of consuming bee pollen: Let’s start by talking about a surface-level benefit—literally. Bee pollen is often used in ointments made to soothe irritated and inflamed skin caused by eczema and psoriasis. The enzymes and amino acids present in bee pollen help regenerate damaged skin cells and protect them from future damage.  Secondly, bee pollen is a great digestive aid. Its enzymes assist in breaking…

Chocolate? Cocoa? Cacao? What’s the difference?!  There’s a lot of talk about chocolate (especially in dark form) being “good” for you. While there are certainly some nutrients to be found buried beneath the sugar in a decadent chocolate bar, the true nutritional benefits of chocolate are better realized in the raw, unprocessed ingredients of that sweet treat. But, again— what’s the difference? Cacao (say it: cuh-COW) is the unprocessed product of the Theobroma Cacao tree. This Amazonian tree produces cacao pods, which hold cacao beans. Those beans are typically roughly chopped or finely ground into cacao nibs or powder. Then, there’s cocoa. This is what you’d enjoy in your average chocolate bar. Unlike cacao, cocoa has been processed to eliminate much of the natural bitterness. Unfortunately, along with the bitterness disappears most of the nutrients. So, what’s the good in making raw cacao a part of your diet? Here are…