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February: American Heart Month

February 12, 2016

February is a very busy month for celebrating the heart. For most of us, we immediately think of Valentine’s Day. Have you ever wondered how the connection of the heart and love came to be? Scientifically speaking, here’s how it works:  The brain sends signals to the adrenal gland, which secretes hormones such as adrenaline, epinephrine and norepinephrine. They flow through the blood and cause the heart to beat faster and stronger. But what if you aren’t taking care of your heart, scientifically speaking?

We would like to take a step away from celebrating candy and chocolates to highlighting the importance of a strong heart and, more specifically, the strong heart of women. (more…)

Spring into Action: Four Ways to Spruce Up Your Healthy Habits

April 16, 2015

bigstock-Family-On-Cycle-Ride-In-Countr-55016255Spring has officially sprung, and with the appearance of colorful blooms and warmer weather comes the opportunity to do some spring cleaning of not only your home and office, but of your body and mind. It’s time to get healthy, be active and have some fun in the great outdoors! (more…)

Blissed Out! The Science Behind Why Dark Chocolate Makes You Feel Good

March 19, 2015

2.20.15_Wildberries Demo (4)Ever wonder why your mood magically improves after having Dark Chocolate? Although the great taste certainly does have something to do with this blissful feeling, there are actual chemical reactions happening in your brain when you eat Dark Chocolate that trigger feelings of happiness and even euphoria!  (more…)

Sweet Truths for Your Sweet Tooth: Top Five Facts About the Heart Healthiness of Dark Chocolate

February 8, 2015

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAChocolate is on the mind of many Americans this time of year. Not only is Valentine’s Day right around the corner, but February is also National Heart Health Month. Dark Chocolate, in particular, can help protect your cardiovascular system and promote heart health. Who knew that something so delicious could be so good for you? Here are five facts about the heart health benefits of Dark Chocolate: (more…)

Dark Chocolate and Healthy Living!

December 26, 2014

319013_10151095113901707_597498682_nThe Mayesa team has long known that cacao, Dark Chocolate in its purest form, has many health benefits. Recently, on his Living to 100 series for CNN, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, the Emmy Award winning chief medical correspondent for the health and wellness unit at CNN, took a look at habits that aid in a living a long and healthy life including staying active, eating less red meat, get plenty of sleep AND eating cacao. Below are some of the highlights from the video, as well as a few other healthy reasons to eat, or even better, drink Cacao.


Why Pea Protein in Mayesa Drinks?

December 18, 2014

plant-based proteinOne of the reasons that Mayesa’s dark chocolate  drink is so healthy is the ingredient “pea protein,” an excellent plant-based protein.

Yes, protein found in the common garden pea, as it turns out, offers many high-quality nutritional, and even disease-fighting, aspects.


Heart-Healthy Chocolate for Valentine’s Day

December 12, 2014

Mayesa, with its organic, fair-trade cacao, is a great choice for Heart Health Month and Valentine’s Day.  Why?

Hearts, chocolate, and Valentine’s Day have gone together like hands in gloves for decades.

But it’s just recently that science has been putting its stamp of approval on dark chocolate as a true benefit of a healthy heart.

Cacao is being studied more and more, and the findings are exciting for chocolate lovers. It turns out that “Healthy Chocolate” is a real concept.

In fact, dark chocolate, the same type that is in Mayesa drinks, has been recently cited by some top health professionals and researchers as the single most exciting health food.

In universities and research labs across the U.S. and around the world scientifically-designed medical studies are showing that there is a positive correlation between organic cacao and a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease.

The flavanols contained in cacao have been found to act as “cardio-protective” agents.

Benefits of consuming dark chocolate like that found in Mayesa:

1. Effect on Arteries and Veins

In a study published in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology, results showed 47% improvement in how much the arteries dilated.

There was also indication that an increase in cells occurred that are produced in the bone marrow and that can develop into the structural cells that line and repair the arteries and veins.

In another study with a sample of over 2200 patients, the more cacao that was eaten, the fewer clogged arteries were found. Cacao consumption has also been found to improve arterial flow in smokers.

 2. Effect on Cholesterol

It appears that the antioxidants in cacao can prevent the oxidation of LDL-cholesterol relating to the mechanism of protection in heart disease.

Studies have shown that people with both normal and elevated cholesterol levels, who ingested cacao powder mixed with hot water lowered LDL (bad cholesterol) and increased HDL (good cholesterol).

All three doses of high-flavanol cacao powder – 13, 19.5, and 26 g/day – proved beneficial. If you’re wondering, 26 grams of powder is about a quarter cup.

3. Effect on Blood Pressure

Research pretty consistently shows that dark chocolate consumption is related to lower blood pressure readings.

For example, one study found that fifteen days of eating dark chocolate lowered blood pressure in healthy subjects.

Another study used flavanol-rich cacao to increase nitric oxide production in healthy humans which dilated the blood vessels thus lowering blood pressure.

Still another study found that eating dark chocolate improved circulation directly to the heart.

Valentine’s Day Super Food

Cacao is a superfood for all seasons, and especially for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine chocolates are generally presented in a heart-shaped box, or are created in the shape of a heart. And now science is telling us that dark chocolate – is actually “heart-healthy!”

It’s important to note that it is cacao (dark chocolate) that is indicated as an element that helps reduce heart disease. The more sugars and fats that are added to chocolate as it is refined and used to manufacture chocolate products used in candy and other chocolate sweets, the further away you get from the health benefits of cacao.

Both the American Heart Association and the American Medical Association recommend eating a moderate amount of dark chocolate every day to contribute to maintaining a healthy heart.

So, enjoy your Valentine’s Day chocolate – just make sure it is quality dark chocolate.


Mayesa Demos During September 2014

December 10, 2014

10511166_10152082074311707_5230367504383045667_nWant to try Mayesa, the delicious Healthy Dark Chocolate DrinkStop by any of the following Mayesa demos during the month of September for free tastings of our four fabulous flavors! Incredible discounts are also available at the demo locations – just in case you need another reason to Indulge Your Health with Mayesa.


Visit Us During the Month of October!

1622233_10151978200616707_6636570457270724822_nSee the list below for information about Mayesa demos in your area. We’d love to see you there and give you a free tasting of Mayesa. If you “Like” Mayesa’s Facebook page while you’re at the demo, you’ll be entered into a contest to win a FREE case of Mayesa!

Great discounts are also available at the demo locations, so come on by!


One More Reason to Drink Mayesa: Dark Chocolate is a Probiotic!

December 4, 2014

four-bottles-smallWhile everyone would agree that Life is Better with Chocolate, many dark chocolate lovers may not be aware that their favorite indulgence is a natural probiotic food. This is certainly great news for drinkers of Mayesa, the one-of-a-kind Healthy Dark Chocolate Drink. Read on to learn more about probiotics, what they do, why we need them and how Mayesa is not only a delicious beverage, but a part of a healthy lifestyle.


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