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Organic Cacao Products

Organic Cacao Products

Indigo Herbs are delighted to offer you a wide selection of Organic Cacao Products, including our Raw Cacao Beans, Raw Cacao Powder, Raw Cacao Butter, Raw Cacao Butter Wafers, Raw Cacao Nibs, Raw Cacao Paste and our delicious Raw Chocolate Bars. In addition you can buy Organic Natural Cacao Products that have been minimally processed to ensure the delicate nutrient content remains intact. These include; Cacao Powder, Cacao Butter, Cacao Butter Buttons, Cacao Paste, Cacao Husk Tea and Natural Chocolate Making Kits. 

The botanical name of this delicious bean - "Theobroma Cacao", literally means "Food of the Gods". As well as being a rich source of many important minerals, Cacao is bursting with feel good phytonutrients such as theobromine and anandamide. Anandamide is also known as the "bliss molecule" and takes its name from the Sanskrit word for bliss and joy - now you know why eating chocolate makes you feel so good! Not only that, our selection of raw and natural organic chocolate ingredients are so healthy that you don't need to feel guilty for indulging. 

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Latin Name: Theobroma Cacao

  • Authentically Raw Organic Cacao Powder
  • From native varieties of Theobroma Cacao 
  • Processed at temperatures not exceeding 40°C
  • Raw Cacao has a slightly sharp, bitter taste that can be balanced with a natural sweetener
  • Naturally high in heart healthy magnesium and other essential minerals
  • Rich in phytonutrients & antioxidants
  • Re-sealable airtight foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients – absolutely nothing added
 
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Organic Raw Cacao Powder from Indigo Herbs is a phytonutrient rich, 100% Raw Cacao Powder. Processed at low temperatures to ensure the delicate compounds remain intact, our authentically Raw Cacao Powder is sourced from native varieties of Theobroma Cacao grown in the mountains of Peru. Raw Cacao has been prized by South American civilizations for millennia. Raw Cacao Powder can be added to smoothies and used to make mouth watering raw chocolates or raw cake recipes. 

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Raw Cacao

Our Organic Raw Cacao Powder is extremely mineral rich, high in many essential minerals - in particular magnesium. The fourth most abundant mineral in the body, magnesium is involved in over 350 enzymatic processes in the body and is required to maintain cell life. It is often overlooked that magnesium and calcium function together, so deficiency of one markedly affects the metabolism of the other. Adequate magnesium levels are of critical importance to the absorption and metabolism of calcium to keep bones and teeth strong and healthy. The enzyme that is required for forming new calcium crystals, alkaline phosphatase, also requires magnesium for activation.

Rich in phosphorus, this mineral works in conjunction with magnesium and calcium to support a strong skeletal structure, raw cacao is also high in potassium which helps to maintain normal blood pressure and promotes a healthy nervous system.

Raw cacao contains high amounts of iron, in fact it is one of the highest plant based sources of iron on the planet – iron is crucial in formation of haemoglobin, healthy immune function, energy production and much more.

Completing the impressive cocktail of nutrients in this powder are the highly antioxidant minerals; copper, zinc, manganese and selenium - they work together to scavenge free radicals and protect cells from oxidative stress – left unchecked, free radicals can cause havoc in the body. This is just one of the many health benefits these minerals provide.

Cacao has an impressive range of phytochemicals – these are chemicals produced by plants to protect themselves – whilst non-essential to sustaining human life, recent research indicates that they can be beneficial to human health. For example, the phytochemical theobromine in raw cacao has been found to influence moods and alertness in a positive way making this responsible for the “feel good” factor we get from eating chocolate. A recently discovered “messenger molecule” called anandamide is also present in cacao, named for the Sanskrit word for bliss. Flavonoids are another group of phytochemicals found in cacao – these have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which work in conjunction with the high amounts of antioxidant minerals in this powder. Avail yourself of guilt free indulgence and include raw chocolate in your diet - in its natural state it truly is a superfood!

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Raw Cacao has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-foods such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • All our Raw Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make superfood smoothies, chocolate bars, chocolate cakes and desserts. The powder, nibs and beans can be added to muesli, yogurts, cereals, trail mix and flapjacks, for a delicious super-nutritious addition.

Daily serving: 

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Dietary Fibre
HIGH IN
Potassium
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High in Potassium

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells!  Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered and electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones.  Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly. 

Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.  It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.  The importance of potassium should not be underestimated in your dietary plan, most famously found in bananas other rich sources of potassium include spinach, avocados and coconut water.

Potassium contributes to:

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         the maintenance of normal blood pressure

HIGH IN
Phosphorus
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High in Phosphorus

Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body.  In order to be properly utilised it must be in proper balance with calcium and magnesium in the blood, these are the two minerals it works in tandem with to create strong bones and teeth, also helping to lay the foundation of a strong skeletal structure.  It is an essential part of our diet - especially as children when the most bone growth and development occurs.  Both DNA and RNA contain phosphorus which make it important for cellular reproduction. 

Phosphorus also contributes to the repair process and maintenance of various body cells which suffer from daily wear and tear, it makes up part of the phospholipids that surround cells - phospholipids help to protect and regulate what goes in and out of each cell.  Phosphorus plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy, it aids in the process of energy extraction by stimulating the process of metabolism of different nutrients including niacin(B3) and riboflavin(B2), helping to maximise the uptake of these two vitamins in particular.  The best sources for this mineral are chlorella, dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

Phosphorus contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         the normal growth and development of bone in children

·         the normal function of cell membranes

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Iron
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High in Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Zinc
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High in Zinc

Zinc is a metal that functions as an essential nutrient in the body, it is found in every cell and has been used since ancient times, with Ayurvedic texts dating as far back as the 14th century recommending its application in various forms.  Although only required in limited amounts, zinc supports important bodily processes like strengthening the immune system – your body needs zinc to make T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in your bloodstream.  With antioxidant properties, zinc helps to protect the cells in the body from damage by free radicals and supports the catalytic activity of various enzymes essential in DNA synthesis and cell division.  In males, zinc assists in spermatogenesis (the production of mature spermatozoa) and is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, in females it aids in all the reproductive phases including the birth and lactation stages. 

Zinc is an essential component of over 300 enzymes participating in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and other macronutrients and has a regulatory role in vitamin A transport mediated through protein synthesis.  The intake of zinc has a positive influence on bone mass, it is an important cofactor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone), it accelerates the renewal of skin cells and it is essential for healthy nails and shiny hair.  Zinc is vital for vision with high concentrations found in the retina and may also protect from night blindness and prevent the development of cataracts.  This super nutrient also plays a crucial role in memory formation and cognitive stability, ensuring a proper intake of zinc is an important step towards optimal brain function.  Topping the list of zinc rich foods are oysters, however seeds such as chia, sunflower, hemp and pumpkin are also rich sources of this important mineral.

Zinc contributes to:

·         normal DNA synthesis

·         normal acid-base metabolism

·         normal carbohydrate metabolism

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal fertility and reproduction

·         normal macronutrient metabolism

·         normal metabolism of fatty acids

·         normal metabolism of Vitamin A

·         normal protein synthesis

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

HIGH IN
Copper
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High in Copper

An essential trace mineral in the body, copper has long been known to play a role in human health – its use dates back to 400 BC when Hippocrates is said to have employed it as a treatment for a variety of disorders.  Playing a beneficial role in immune function, you need copper for healthy white blood cells – the cell type tasked with seeking out, identifying and destroying pathogens.  Low copper levels lower your white blood count leaving you vulnerable to infection. 

Copper is a vital element of the dark pigment melanin which imparts colouration to the hair and skin, intake of copper is said to protect greying hair.  Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and releases it from its primary storage sites like the liver.  Also playing a significant role in the synthesis of haemoglobin, myelin and collagen, copper helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and is actively involved in the production of an element of connective tissue, elastin.  Functioning as a coenzyme for energy metabolism from the macronutrients in food we consume, copper enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins.  Oxidative stress is a characteristic of copper deficiency, when obtained from dietary sources it acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals which can damage your cells and DNA.  For your body to use copper you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese which is why it is best to obtain your copper from dietary sources where it is already in bioavailable form.  Topping the chart as the best source of copper are oysters!  Closely followed by kale, shitake mushrooms, seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Copper Contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal connective tissues

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal hair pigmentation

·         normal iron transport in the body

·         normal skin pigmentation

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

 

 

HIGH IN
Manganese
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High in Manganese

Derived from the Greek word for magic, manganese is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body and is found mostly in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It is essential for the proper and normal growth of the human bone structure and is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone.  Manganese is also needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides which are one of the main components of all connective tissues.  

Regulation of the body’s metabolism is another vital function of manganese with manganese activated enzymes helping in the metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates.  Also a powerful contributor to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which helps to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA, antioxidants such as SOD can help to neutralise free radicals.  Rich sources of manganese include; whole grains, nuts and nut butters and leafy vegetables.

Manganese contributes to:

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the normal formation of connective tissue

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

SOURCE OF
Protein
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Source of Protein

Proteins are a group of biological compounds which are present in every live cell, organ and tissue of the body.  Meaning “first” or “of prime importance” in Greek, proteins participate in every cellular process occurring in the body.  Proteins are made up of structures called amino acids, there are a total of 21 amino acids, 9 are essential, the rest are nonessential – you must consume the essential amino acids in your diet because your body cannot make them. 

Dietary protein supports bone health in three main ways: by supplying the raw material required to construct soft bone matrix, by increasing plasma IGF1 and by promoting muscle growth and retention.  IGF1 is a growth hormone that stimulates and increases the activity of osteoblasts (cells which secrete the substance of bone).  It is especially important to ensure that children get enough protein since they are still developing and it is necessary to ensure their growth is unimpaired.  Proteins play an important role in muscle contraction and coordination, they are present in the muscle tissues in the form of many microfilaments and provide muscle structure.  Muscle growth depends on the adequacy of proteins in the body.  Proteins function as building blocks for muscles, bones and cartilage, opt for a variety of whole foods to meet your protein needs including; grass fed meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, seeds, beans and nuts.

Protein contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         a growth in muscle mass

·         the maintenance of muscle mass

·         Protein is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children.

SOURCE OF
Calcium
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Source of Calcium

Forming 2% of total body weight in adults, calcium’s best known role is in bone and tooth health.  It forms a part of hydroxyapatite, the mineral complex that makes your bones and teeth hard and maintains bone density.  It is especially important that children consume an adequate amount of calcium to maximise their bone mass prior to adult years.  Also an important part of the blood clotting process, calcium works together with vitamin K and a protein called fibrinogen in the clotting cascade, without adequate levels of calcium and vitamin K the blood will take longer to clot.  Calcium helps your muscles contract in response to nerve stimulation, it activates a protein called calmodulin that your muscle cells need to provide the fuel they need to function.  Assisting in the transmission of neural impulses, the calcium in your body also aids other types of cell communication – it acts as a “second messenger” in your cells which means it responds to chemical signals from outside your cells and then triggers a response inside your cell. 

Calcium helps to activate several digestive enzymes and there is considerable evidence that calcium and vitamin D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism in humans.  Like all minerals, calcium doesn’t work alone but in tandem with other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D, for this reason, obtaining our calcium from whole foods – foods whose nutrient profiles have been optimised by nature for superior absorption – is the best way to remain healthy!  Excellent natural calcium sources include; chia seeds, sesame seeds, seaweed (such as kelp and Kombu), dark leafy greens and dairy products (such as yoghurt, cheese and kefir).

Calcium contributes to:

·         normal blood clotting

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal muscle function

·         normal neurotransmission

·         the normal function of digestive enzymes

·         Calcium has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Calcium is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children

 

Organic Raw Cacao Powder
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
1840KJ/440Kcal
368KJ/88Kcal
4.38%
Fat
20.0g
4.2g
6.00%
of which saturates
4.8g
1.0g
 
Carbohydrate
42.0g
12.8g
4.92%
of which sugars
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Protein
20.0g
4.0g
8.00%
Dietary Fibre
18.0g
4.2g
 
Salt
55.00mg
11.00mg
0.18%
Potassium
1100.00mg
220.00mg
11.00%
Calcium
130.00mg
26.00mg
3.25%
Phosphorus
793.00mg
158.60mg
22.66%
Magnesium
553.00mg
110.60mg
29.49%
Iron
7.20mg
1.44mg
10.29%
Zinc
6.40mg
1.28mg
12.80%
Copper
3.80mg
0.76mg
76.00%
Manganese
5.20mg
1.04mg
52.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult

Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Cacao Powder comes from the northern highlands of Peru in the Cajamarca. Once the cacao beans have been harvested they are fermented and sun dried. The temperatures are strictly monitored during the fermentation process to make sure they remain under 40°C, then the cacao is sun dried until it reaches a humidity of 7%.

Next the cacao is washed and machine dried at low temperatures until it reaches a humidity of 3% which produces Raw Cacao Beans. The beans are placed in a winnower which splits the beans and removes the skin, producing Raw Cacao Nibs. The smaller nibs are then milled to produce Raw Cacao Paste – the mill has a custom designed cooling system that ensures temperatures do not reach above 40°C.

To produce the Raw Cacao Powder the paste is pressed which yields Raw Cacao Butter and a cake of Raw Cacao Powder. The pressing process is done at low pressure to make sure temperatures don’t rise above 40°C, additionally a thermocouple allows the temperature to be monitored throughout. Once the Raw Cacao Cake is obtained it is gently milled into a fine powder which is tested for pollutants before being made ready for shipping. 

Cacao contains caffeine and other similar stimulants. Although side effects are minimal, eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related symptoms.

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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Pure Organic Cacao Powder
  • Rich in minerals, antioxidants and phytonutrients
  • Perfect for making chocolate bars, desserts and smoothies
  • Delicious, deep chocolate taste
  • Resealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
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Organic Cacao Powder from Indigo Herbs is 100% pure Cacao powder derived from exceptionally high quality organic cacao beans. It is a perfect ingredient for natural chocolate making, indulgent chocolate desserts, hot chocolate and makes a fabulous addition to smoothies. This vegan and vegetarian Cacao Powder is mineral rich and contains many beneficial phytonutrients.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

Also known as: Kakaw, Cocoa

Great news for chocolate lovers, our Organic Cacao Powder is exceptionally high in many essential minerals, especially magnesium!  This is the fourth most abundant mineral in your body and few people appreciate the importance of this miraculous mineral – it is involved in over 350 enzymatic processes in the body and is required to maintain cell life.   Raw cacao contains high amounts of iron, in fact it is one of the highest plant based sources of iron on the planet – iron is crucial in formation of haemoglobin, healthy immune function, energy production and much more.

Rich in phosphorus, this mineral works in conjunction with magnesium and calcium to support a strong skeletal structure, raw cacao is also high in potassium which helps to maintain normal blood pressure and promotes a healthy nervous system.

Completing the impressive cocktail of micronutrients in this powder are the highly antioxidant minerals; copper, zinc, manganese and selenium - they work together to scavenge free radicals and protect your cells from oxidative stress – left unchecked, free radicals can cause havoc in your body! This is just one of the many health benefits these minerals provide.

Cacao has an impressive range of phytochemicals – these are chemicals produced by plants to protect themselves – whilst non-essential to sustaining human life, recent research indicates that they can be beneficial to human health.  For example, the phytochemical theobromine in raw cacao has been found to influence our moods and alertness in a positive way making this responsible for the “feel good” factor we get from eating chocolate.  A recently discovered “messenger molecule” called anandamide is also present in cacao – the name comes from the Sanskrit word for bliss!  Flavonoids are another group of phytochemicals found in cacao – these have anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant properties which work in concert with the high amounts of antioxidant minerals in this powder.

Finally, with a whopping 27.8g per 100g of protein in our Organic Cacao Powder – avail yourself of guilt free indulgence and include raw chocolate in your diet - in its natural state it truly is a superfood!

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Cacao has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-foods such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • All our Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make superfood smoothies, chocolate bars, chocolate cakes and desserts. The powder, nibs and beans can be added to muesli, yogurts, cereals, trail mix and flapjacks, for a delicious super-nutritious addition.

Daily serving: 

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Protein
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High in Protein

Proteins are a group of biological compounds which are present in every live cell, organ and tissue of the body.  Meaning “first” or “of prime importance” in Greek, proteins participate in every cellular process occurring in the body.  Proteins are made up of structures called amino acids, there are a total of 21 amino acids, 9 are essential, the rest are nonessential – you must consume the essential amino acids in your diet because your body cannot make them. 

Dietary protein supports bone health in three main ways: by supplying the raw material required to construct soft bone matrix, by increasing plasma IGF1 and by promoting muscle growth and retention.  IGF1 is a growth hormone that stimulates and increases the activity of osteoblasts (cells which secrete the substance of bone).  It is especially important to ensure that children get enough protein since they are still developing and it is necessary to ensure their growth is unimpaired.  Proteins play an important role in muscle contraction and coordination, they are present in the muscle tissues in the form of many microfilaments and provide muscle structure.  Muscle growth depends on the adequacy of proteins in the body.  Proteins function as building blocks for muscles, bones and cartilage, opt for a variety of whole foods to meet your protein needs including; grass fed meat and poultry, eggs, dairy, seeds, beans and nuts.

Protein contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         a growth in muscle mass

·         the maintenance of muscle mass

·         Protein is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children.

HIGH IN
Dietary Fibre
HIGH IN
Potassium
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High in Potassium

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells!  Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered and electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones.  Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly. 

Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.  It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.  The importance of potassium should not be underestimated in your dietary plan, most famously found in bananas other rich sources of potassium include spinach, avocados and coconut water.

Potassium contributes to:

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         the maintenance of normal blood pressure

HIGH IN
Phosphorus
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High in Phosphorus

Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body.  In order to be properly utilised it must be in proper balance with calcium and magnesium in the blood, these are the two minerals it works in tandem with to create strong bones and teeth, also helping to lay the foundation of a strong skeletal structure.  It is an essential part of our diet - especially as children when the most bone growth and development occurs.  Both DNA and RNA contain phosphorus which make it important for cellular reproduction. 

Phosphorus also contributes to the repair process and maintenance of various body cells which suffer from daily wear and tear, it makes up part of the phospholipids that surround cells - phospholipids help to protect and regulate what goes in and out of each cell.  Phosphorus plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy, it aids in the process of energy extraction by stimulating the process of metabolism of different nutrients including niacin(B3) and riboflavin(B2), helping to maximise the uptake of these two vitamins in particular.  The best sources for this mineral are chlorella, dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

Phosphorus contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         the normal growth and development of bone in children

·         the normal function of cell membranes

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Iron
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High in Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Zinc
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High in Zinc

Zinc is a metal that functions as an essential nutrient in the body, it is found in every cell and has been used since ancient times, with Ayurvedic texts dating as far back as the 14th century recommending its application in various forms.  Although only required in limited amounts, zinc supports important bodily processes like strengthening the immune system – your body needs zinc to make T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in your bloodstream.  With antioxidant properties, zinc helps to protect the cells in the body from damage by free radicals and supports the catalytic activity of various enzymes essential in DNA synthesis and cell division.  In males, zinc assists in spermatogenesis (the production of mature spermatozoa) and is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, in females it aids in all the reproductive phases including the birth and lactation stages. 

Zinc is an essential component of over 300 enzymes participating in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and other macronutrients and has a regulatory role in vitamin A transport mediated through protein synthesis.  The intake of zinc has a positive influence on bone mass, it is an important cofactor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone), it accelerates the renewal of skin cells and it is essential for healthy nails and shiny hair.  Zinc is vital for vision with high concentrations found in the retina and may also protect from night blindness and prevent the development of cataracts.  This super nutrient also plays a crucial role in memory formation and cognitive stability, ensuring a proper intake of zinc is an important step towards optimal brain function.  Topping the list of zinc rich foods are oysters, however seeds such as chia, sunflower, hemp and pumpkin are also rich sources of this important mineral.

Zinc contributes to:

·         normal DNA synthesis

·         normal acid-base metabolism

·         normal carbohydrate metabolism

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal fertility and reproduction

·         normal macronutrient metabolism

·         normal metabolism of fatty acids

·         normal metabolism of Vitamin A

·         normal protein synthesis

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

HIGH IN
Copper
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High in Copper

An essential trace mineral in the body, copper has long been known to play a role in human health – its use dates back to 400 BC when Hippocrates is said to have employed it as a treatment for a variety of disorders.  Playing a beneficial role in immune function, you need copper for healthy white blood cells – the cell type tasked with seeking out, identifying and destroying pathogens.  Low copper levels lower your white blood count leaving you vulnerable to infection. 

Copper is a vital element of the dark pigment melanin which imparts colouration to the hair and skin, intake of copper is said to protect greying hair.  Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and releases it from its primary storage sites like the liver.  Also playing a significant role in the synthesis of haemoglobin, myelin and collagen, copper helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and is actively involved in the production of an element of connective tissue, elastin.  Functioning as a coenzyme for energy metabolism from the macronutrients in food we consume, copper enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins.  Oxidative stress is a characteristic of copper deficiency, when obtained from dietary sources it acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals which can damage your cells and DNA.  For your body to use copper you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese which is why it is best to obtain your copper from dietary sources where it is already in bioavailable form.  Topping the chart as the best source of copper are oysters!  Closely followed by kale, shitake mushrooms, seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Copper Contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal connective tissues

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal hair pigmentation

·         normal iron transport in the body

·         normal skin pigmentation

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

 

 

HIGH IN
Manganese
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High in Manganese

Derived from the Greek word for magic, manganese is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body and is found mostly in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It is essential for the proper and normal growth of the human bone structure and is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone.  Manganese is also needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides which are one of the main components of all connective tissues.  

Regulation of the body’s metabolism is another vital function of manganese with manganese activated enzymes helping in the metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates.  Also a powerful contributor to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which helps to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA, antioxidants such as SOD can help to neutralise free radicals.  Rich sources of manganese include; whole grains, nuts and nut butters and leafy vegetables.

Manganese contributes to:

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the normal formation of connective tissue

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

SOURCE OF
Calcium
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Source of Calcium

Forming 2% of total body weight in adults, calcium’s best known role is in bone and tooth health.  It forms a part of hydroxyapatite, the mineral complex that makes your bones and teeth hard and maintains bone density.  It is especially important that children consume an adequate amount of calcium to maximise their bone mass prior to adult years.  Also an important part of the blood clotting process, calcium works together with vitamin K and a protein called fibrinogen in the clotting cascade, without adequate levels of calcium and vitamin K the blood will take longer to clot.  Calcium helps your muscles contract in response to nerve stimulation, it activates a protein called calmodulin that your muscle cells need to provide the fuel they need to function.  Assisting in the transmission of neural impulses, the calcium in your body also aids other types of cell communication – it acts as a “second messenger” in your cells which means it responds to chemical signals from outside your cells and then triggers a response inside your cell. 

Calcium helps to activate several digestive enzymes and there is considerable evidence that calcium and vitamin D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism in humans.  Like all minerals, calcium doesn’t work alone but in tandem with other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D, for this reason, obtaining our calcium from whole foods – foods whose nutrient profiles have been optimised by nature for superior absorption – is the best way to remain healthy!  Excellent natural calcium sources include; chia seeds, sesame seeds, seaweed (such as kelp and Kombu), dark leafy greens and dairy products (such as yoghurt, cheese and kefir).

Calcium contributes to:

·         normal blood clotting

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal muscle function

·         normal neurotransmission

·         the normal function of digestive enzymes

·         Calcium has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Calcium is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children

 

Cacao Powder
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
1682KJ/404Kcal
336KJ/81Kcal
4.00%
Fat
17.8g
3.6g
5.09%
of which saturates
10.4g
2.1g
 
Carbohydrate
22.0g
4.4g
1.69%
of which sugars
1.6g
0.3g
0.36%
Protein
27.8g
5.6g
11.12%
Dietary Fibre
22.1g
4.4g
 
Salt
100.00mg
20.00mg
0.33%
Potassium
1524.00mg
304.80mg
15.24%
Calcium
128.00mg
25.60mg
3.20%
Phosphorus
734.00mg
146.80mg
20.97%
Magnesium
499.00mg
99.80mg
26.61%
Iron
13.90mg
2.78mg
19.86%
Zinc
6.60mg
1.32mg
13.20%
Copper
3.80mg
0.76mg
76.00%
Manganese
3.80mg
0.76mg
38.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult
  • Certified Organic by The Organic Food Federation
  • Produced to GMP standards 
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans 
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch 
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

Manufacture Process

Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao  Powder comes from cacao beans that are grown in rich and fertile soil, adhering to the strictest organic standards. After harvesting, the beans and pulp are piled together and fermented over several days in an ambient tropical temperature, a delicate process to ensure the tannins are removed - fermentation is key to the development of the classic aroma and taste of the powder. The beans are sundried, broken up into nibs and put through a winnower to separate them. They are stoneground for 10-12 hrs into an ultra-fine paste. This is pressed through a fine mesh retaining the cacao particles as a "cake" which is broken up and sifted into cacao powder.

Much like coffee, cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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5 out of 5
5/ 5
83 reviews
5 out of 5by Ian Summerscales
21 November 2019
I am really enjoying both the organic cacao powder and the hibiscus tea bags. Thank you for supplying them so efficiently and at a fair price.
5 out of 5by Larissa Matharu
28 October 2019
Fantastic quality
5 out of 5by Gerald Blaney
25 October 2019
It was exactly what I was expecting; very convenient to buy it in a 1Kg bag, and cheaper than buying in small sachets at supermarkets. And delivered very quickly too. I will certainly buy from them again.
5 out of 5by Caroline Randell
3 September 2019
My favourite cacao powder - delishious!
5 out of 5by Klara Wilson
13 August 2019
I bought 2x 1kg bags of raw cacao for £25 including postage and the product is top quality. Already feeling the benefits. Would choose to drink this over coffee for better lasting effect without crashing. Added to cakes and can be easily added to anything else. Will be buying again from this company. Great email communication and delivered on time but courier at same price as normal postage
5 out of 5by Mr Sam Ashby
23 July 2019
Great product, will definitely buy again
5 out of 5by Dorota Tochman
13 July 2019
Great product :))
5 out of 5by OTHMANE LAALEJ
3 July 2019
Amazing product.
3 out of 5by Maria Lathouri
18 June 2019
Overall, the quality of the product is very good. I have tried a lot of brands; the taste is very unique. It is also good for money as the pack is bigger compared to other brands. I must also say that the delivery time was very fast. I gave only 3 stars because of the packaging. The pack does not seal very well and that means that it is left open and can easily lose its taste. Every day I struggle to close it. I have other food products with a similar sealed pack and they seal nicely. This one doesn't. I would recommend to Indigo to rethink about packaging or make a stronger sealed pack.
5 out of 5by Ms Judith Johnson
18 June 2019
Great product great price quick delivery
5 out of 5by Ron.B
4 June 2019
Great stuff and fast delivery
5 out of 5by Anny
3 June 2019
Sublime taste. So much better than anything I’ve tried before. Excellent value too and arrived so quickly.
5 out of 5by stefan cole
18 May 2019
Great product, great value
5 out of 5by Liz Westhead
10 May 2019
This is a huge pack. Only use a teaspoonful most days and haven't yet finished the last pack.
5 out of 5by Morgan Telford
1 May 2019
This is the best cacao powder I have tried so far in my life and I have tried many! I drink a cacao adaptogen drink every day with indigos Ashwaganda and Mushroom complex. This cacao smells divine and makes amazing raw chocolate too!
5 out of 5by NImesha Ivanthi
20 April 2019
I ordered on 23 of march & got it like on 20th of April. Shipping Time is not bad . Yet to try it. I took a little sniff of it & OMG it smells like Cadbury Chocolate. Cannot say enough chocolaty goodness.I love it. Plus absolutely love the customer care support as well
5 out of 5by Kirstin mcfaul
26 March 2019
Huge bag, gorgeous hot chocolate
5 out of 5by Nicola
28 December 2018
Excellent product, made very successful chocolates
5 out of 5by Mateusz Kralka
25 November 2018
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5 out of 5by Heather Jobbins
19 September 2018
Delicious - use it in my protein drink to disguise the yukky taste of it. Haven't as yet done any culinary stuff with it but will do so during the winter months. Great - Heather Jobbins
5 out of 5by Hanna Mäkelä
3 April 2018
Great product and service. Recommended!
5 out of 5by Joanne Hathaway
21 February 2018
I have used this in the 'Peanut Butter Protein Balls' recipe which were absolutely lovely. Can't wait to try other recipes using this. Provided the dark chocolate taste but without the sugar.
5 out of 5by Orian Ambient
19 January 2018
Excellent high quality cacao, very recommended.
5 out of 5by Marta Serafin
7 January 2018
I'm happy with a great product
5 out of 5by Geoffrey Brooke
11 December 2017
This makes amazing raw chocolate, really delicious.
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
6 December 2017
Love it ! I use this product to make raw chocolate and the result is just AMAZING <3 Thank you indigo you rock !!!
5 out of 5by Una
22 November 2017
Lovely! Great service from Indigo Herbs.
5 out of 5by bradley mckenzie
14 November 2017
Beautiful cocao. Top prouct
5 out of 5by Hanks
10 November 2017
I like this product - good quality.
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
4 October 2017
Excellent quality/price product, I order these products regularly and will keep doing that :)
5 out of 5by craig bestwick
27 September 2017
Top quality product,as always.
5 out of 5by Linda Costa
14 June 2017
Velvety and smooth! makes a lovely milkshake with almond milk!
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
29 May 2017
Best raw cacao powder around ! Fast delivery and a quality product !
5 out of 5by Freya Holdsworth
21 May 2017
Fast delivery, tasty flavourful cacao
5 out of 5by Becky Wood
20 May 2017
Use it every night with rice/coconut milk for a great tasting hot chocolate with no added sugar.
5 out of 5by Gail
25 April 2017
Lovely rich flavour. Consistent quality.
5 out of 5by emilie delbays
26 March 2017
Hi ! wel love your products but we can't read on it "raw", we have a doubt ! because we are making raw chocolate actually..
5 out of 5by John David Hignett
18 February 2017
I love both the product and its value for money: great too that delivery is so prompt! I have switched to yourselves my previous allegiance to another online firm .....
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
11 February 2017
Insane fast delivery ! It was at my doorstep 2 days after ordering it ! The product is also awesome, I use it to make raw chocolate, which is THE HIT.
5 out of 5by Pete
5 February 2017
A very good quality raw organic cocao powder that I have purchased a few times now. Good value too for the size. I use this in smoothies and it tastes lovely.
5 out of 5by P Clarke
4 February 2017
very pleased with product and service
5 out of 5by Anita S
15 January 2017
Great taste, very deep chocolatey and not too sweet. Great value for money, will buy again.
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
20 December 2016
A very good product. Perfect for raw chocolate.
5 out of 5by Clare
4 December 2016
I love hot chocolate during the winter months and ordered this because it's naturally processed at low temperatures to maintain the health benefits, and doesn't contain any of the additives of shop-bought 'dutched' cocoa. It makes delicious cocoa! If you add some stevia and a few drops of vanilla extract this will smooth out any 'bitterness' characteristic of raw cacoa.
5 out of 5by Miss Howard
19 November 2016
Gorgeous Cacao - very happy!
5 out of 5by AdamZack Ash
13 November 2016
Fantastic. Great service. Thanks
5 out of 5by Rachel aka Lioness
6 October 2016
First time trying Indigos Cacao Powder, havnt opened it yet as finishing off another suppliers, will review when I have used some but expect it will be really good as all other products I have bought from Indigo are top notch and nicely packaged.
5 out of 5by Pamela Hartley
17 September 2016
Products all as described and just great to add to smoothies
5 out of 5by Fiona Ratic
13 September 2016
Beautifully velvety powder. I've had this mixed in with my protein powder and have also used in cake and also had it as a treat mixed in with my dairy free 'icecream'. Exactly as I had hoped and more, quality is fabulous and as it's a big bag I feel I am receiving value for money. I'd recommend this to all!!
5 out of 5by Marina Ivanova
27 August 2016
sorry but still have not tryed it
5 out of 5by warren nicholls
22 August 2016
I am satisfied after using the product for a number of years
5 out of 5by Danièle BARBIER
24 July 2016
the best cocoa I never had
4 out of 5by abdul nafe
10 July 2016
good, just started using it
5 out of 5by Mhairi Logan
9 June 2016
Scrumptious flavour, highly recommend buying.
5 out of 5by LEIGH MARSHALL
2 June 2016
Great Antioxidant and mood boaster and energy provider - recommend
5 out of 5by BK
1 June 2016
Great quality, perfect for baking or making chocolate. I will buy it again.
5 out of 5by Gillean Kilbey
31 May 2016
Love it, have used it for no sugar brownies and no sugar chocolate mousse - wonderful stuff, excellent quality. Thanks. Quick delivery too.
5 out of 5by Barbara Hedges
31 May 2016
Looks and tastes like the cocoa powder my grandchildren know.
5 out of 5by bethan coaker
31 May 2016
Top quality product. Nice packaging. Fast delivery. No problems. Excellent service will use agaib
5 out of 5by Alexandra Mikita
31 May 2016
Great product and good price
5 out of 5by Christine Lohner
31 May 2016
Perfect for the best chocolates.
5 out of 5by sara Colohan
20 May 2016
great quality cacao powder.
5 out of 5by ANNA GRAZIOLI
11 May 2016
This product is so pure that you can use half the quantity in the recipes compared to the standard cacao you find in the supermarkets
5 out of 5by Barbara Hedges
9 May 2016
Great in smoothies, and for all cooking - and it is organic and delicious!
5 out of 5by bethan
7 May 2016
Top quality, great taste, great packaging.
5 out of 5by Denise Stoneham
7 May 2016
I make my own chocolate and with this cacao it tastes great.
5 out of 5by Very Happy Customer
3 May 2016
A great pick me up and Antioxidant
4 out of 5by Jared Sutton
29 February 2016
Good! Going to have to get some cacao butter and make some chocolate bars.
5 out of 5by Mrs Ethel Bennett
29 February 2016
Excellent quality, no more chocolate cravings
5 out of 5by Pamela Byrne
11 February 2016
Very good price and good product.
5 out of 5by Christopher Hobday
29 January 2016
Quick delivery good quaility
5 out of 5by Tracey
22 January 2016
Smelt and tasted divine. Would recommend.
5 out of 5by mkrunner
22 January 2016
Hard to get real RAW cacao, but I think I might just have found it!
5 out of 5by S Schina
9 January 2016
Rich flavour, excellent quality.
5 out of 5by debi
8 January 2016
I have tried this product before. Excellent for using with cocao butter for raw chocolate making. Other sites sell similar but cost is much greater. I am really pleased to have found this website. Highly recommend product.
5 out of 5by Mrs J.
4 December 2015
High quality and great tasting.
5 out of 5by Georgi Spice
8 November 2015
Food quality cacao and fast shipping! Great service, definitely recommend! :)
5 out of 5by stefan cole
6 November 2015
Great product, great in a smoothie, or just a hot chocolate
5 out of 5by Lynn Osborne
8 September 2015
Delicious! Fantastic packaging, great quality
5 out of 5by Edna
8 September 2015
Always lovely quality, works well every time
5 out of 5by Edna
8 September 2015
Always lovely quality, works well every time
5 out of 5by james bolt
7 September 2015
Bargain ,you won't be disappointed
5 out of 5by barbara reeves
14 August 2015
I make a drink with it 1 teaspoon of sugar 1 big teaspoon of cacao and mix up in a mug with a bit of milk then i poor boiling water on its lus h- and so good for us,
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  • Includes: 100% Pure Chocolate Ingredients.
  • Everything you could possibly need to make your own Chocolates.
  • Including our own delicious recipe & instructions.
  • The freshly made chocolates are healthy and delicious.
  • Makes a fantastic gift, simple & easy to use instructions.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.
  • Small kit 300g makes about 20 small bars
  • Large kit 750g makes about 45 small bars.
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Chocolate Kit from Indigo Herbs is a fantastic kit comprising of premium quality ingredients for those who want to make their own Natural Organic Chocolate. These chocolate ingredients are 100% pure resulting in the final chocolates being both nutritious and delicious. Enjoy hand crafting your own organic chocolates at home with this simple and easy kit. Our delectable Chocolate Kits come in 2 sizes, small 300g and large 750g. The kit contains: Organic Cacao Powder, Organic Cacao Butter and Organic Raw Agave Nectar. We also include our secret recipe on how to make Indigo Herbs Pure Natural Chocolate.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality and suggested use of this fantastic Chocolate Kit. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and well being, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Natural Organic Chocolate:

  • Source of Magnesium: Cacao is one of the top 10 Magnesium rich foods. Magnesium relaxes muscles and strengthens bones and improves circulation.
  • Vitamin C: Our Powder is high in Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, acts as an anti-oxidant and relieves exhaustion and stress.
  • Calcium: Our Powder is high in Calcium, which is essential to bones and teeth.
  • Iron: Cacao is also a source of Iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue.
  • Protein: Our Cacao Powder is high in Protein with 21.5g providing 8.6% of the RDA.
  • Flavanoids: This nutritionally rich food is known to have twice the concentration of antioxidants found in red wine, and three times of that found in green tea.
    This is partly due to the Flavonoids. Flavonoids improve the absorption of both Vitamin C and Iron.
  • Also contains feel good Phyto-chemicals including Theobromine.
  • Cacao makes an excellent supplement for women during the monthly cycle, as it is high in Magnesium it can relieve muscle cramps, and a source of Iron is good for the blood. It is also favoured by Athletes, for muscle recovery, and energy.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

Everything you need to make delicious & nutritious Organic Chocolate is contained within this kit, 

Method for Making Chocolate:

You will need the following equipment;

  • A bain marie (ie. a large saucepan of boiling water with another heat proof bowl floating inside it).
  • A mixing spatula or spoon.
  • Molds for the chocolates to set in. You can use ice trays or cake cases.
  1. Boil up the water for the bain marie then remove from the heat.
  2. Gently melt all the Cacao Butter in the Bain Marie until the last of the solids have just disappeared.
  3. Add in the Cacao Powder and mix thoroughly until it is smooth.
  4. Add in the Agave and mix until completely blended.
  5. Pour out the molten Chocolate into molds and allow to set.
  6. TIP: put the moulds into the freezer to help them set quickly. Remove after 15 minutes and pop out of moulds.
  7. Refrigerate to keep fresh.
  • Produced to GMP standards.
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs.
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch.
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Manufacture Process

All the ingredients inside this Chocolate Making Kit are 100% pure fresh ingredients ready to be utilized. The Organic Cacao Powder and Butter have come from Peru and the Raw Agave Nectar comes from Mexico. All these raw products have been produced under strict GMP guidelines. Indigo Herbs has stamped all these products as genuine and have received our seal of approval.

The Small Kit Contains:
  • Organic Cacao Powder 100 grams
  • Organic Cacao Butter 100 grams
  • Organic Raw Agave Nectar 100 ml
  • Our secret how to make Pure Chocolate recipe
 
The Large Kit Contains:
  • Organic Cacao Powder 250 grams
  • Organic Cacao Butter 250 grams
  • Organic Raw Agave Nectar 250ml
  • Our secret how to make Pure Chocolate recipe

Follow the instructions closely.

When these delicious chocolates are made then restraint will have to be exercised. Each chocolate is very rich so be careful not to over indulge.

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4.8/ 5
10 reviews
5 out of 5by and Deliver To Ingrid Amado
7 December 2019
good as always
5 out of 5by Gillian Abbott
18 July 2018
Excellent product, good quality ingredients and easy to follow recipe. My daughter loves this chocolate and we have great fun making different shapes. Will definitely buy again.
5 out of 5by Gillian Abbott
29 January 2018
Easy to follow instructions, lovely fresh ingredients and a fantastic end product. Excellent recipe, your chocolate is gorgeous.
5 out of 5by christine kimer
23 July 2017
The chocolate kit was lush :)
5 out of 5by Ingrid Amado
18 July 2017
I have bought many times from Indigo Nutrition and was always very satisfied with the quality and fast service of the company Thank you
3 out of 5by Tracey Kelly
15 April 2017
Although it stayes everything you could possibly need and states it will make choc bars. Beware there are no choc moulds and no recipe as stated. Once you realise this you can make delicious raw chocolate. Indigo should be more clear as to what is included and what isnt. So I was somewhat disappointed.
5 out of 5by Ryan
26 February 2016
Very nice, well balanced recipe
5 out of 5by S.N
19 February 2016
Fantastic quality product
5 out of 5by Elizabet D
17 January 2016
So much fun! This was a gift but I got to join in the making - lovely chocolate and a great idea.
5 out of 5by Sandra Lane
9 December 2015
In the last year I think I may have brought about 10 of these chocolate making kits and only gave one away as a present and that was begrudgingly. What else do I need to say about this product, its excellent value for an excellent product. I haven't brought more kits as the chocolate lasts me about a month and I usually get the bigger kit except they had run out so I got two of the smaller kits as I couldn't wait for the bigger ones to be restocked.
Organic Raw Cacao Butter Wafers 250g
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Latin Name: Theobroma Cacao

  • Authentically Raw Organic Cacao Butter Wafers - shaped like buttons
  • From native varieties of Theobroma Cacao
  • Processed at low temperatures not exceeding 40°C
  • Naturally high in healthy fats
  • Great substitute for other cooking oils
  • Re-sealable airtight foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients – absolutely nothing added
£7.99-£26.99
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Organic Raw Cacao Butter Wafers from Indigo Herbs are high in healthy fatty acids, made from 100% Raw Cacao Butter. Processed at low temperatures not exceeding 40°C ensuring the delicate compounds remain intact, our authentically Raw Cacao Butter Wafers are sourced from native varieties of Theobroma Cacao grown in the mountains of Peru. Raw Cacao has been prized by South American civilizations for millennia. Raw Cacao Butter Wafers can be used to make mouth watering raw chocolates or raw cake recipes. They can be added to smoothies to give a silky smooth texture or used to give high grade coffee a boost. Alternatively they can be used topically make body rubs, massage bars and body butters.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Cacao

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Raw Organic Cacao Butter Wafers have a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, they can be used to make chocolate bars, by adding Cacao powder. The wafers can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-food such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • Our Raw Organic Cacao Butter Wafers can also be used to make body rubs, massage bars and body butters. 
  • Use as required. 
Organic Raw Cacao Butter Wafers
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
3766KJ/900Kcal
753KJ/180Kcal
8.97%
Fat
99.9g
20.0g
28.54%
of which saturates
63.7g
12.7g
 
Carbohydrate
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
of which sugars
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Protein
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Dietary Fibre
0.0g
0.0g
 
Salt
0.00mg
0.00mg
0.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult

Indigo Herbs Raw Cacao Butter Wafers come from the northern highlands of Peru in the Cajamarca. Once the cacao beans have been harvested they are fermented and sun dried. The temperatures are strictly monitored during the fermentation process to make sure they remain under 40°C, then the cacao is sun dried until it reaches a humidity of 7%.

Next the cacao is washed and machine dried at low temperatures until it reaches a humidity of 3% which produces Raw Cacao Beans. The beans are placed in a winnower which splits the beans and removes the skin, producing Raw Cacao Nibs. The smaller nibs are then milled to produce Raw Cacao Paste – the mill has a custom designed cooling system that ensures temperatures do not reach above 40°C.

To produce the Raw Cacao Butter the paste is pressed which yields Raw Cacao Butter and a cake of Raw Cacao Powder. The pressing process is done at low pressure to guarantee that temperatures don’t rise above 40°C, additionally a thermocouple allows the temperature to be monitored throughout. Once the Raw Cacao Butter is obtained it is moulded into easy to use wafers and tested before being made ready for shipping.

Cacao contains caffeine and other similar stimulants. Although side effects are minimal, eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related symptoms.

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5 out of 5by Roxana
15 September 2019
Makes making raw chocs much easier!
5 out of 5by Mrs Courtenay Roach
20 August 2019
Having had the chunks of cacao butter and loving it, I decided to purchase the buttons as they're more user friendly for my needs. I love this stuff!
Organic Raw Cacao Nibs 500g
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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Pure, raw and crunchy Peruvian Cacao Nibs
  • Dehydrated at a low temperature to ensure the delicate nutrients remain intact
  • High in fibre - supports digestive health
  • Rich in minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • Delicious, healthy chocolate snack
  • Resealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

 

£4.49-£12.99
Organic Quality Assured Organic Organic Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
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Cacao Nibs from Indigo Herbs are Certified Organic 100% pure, raw, unheated and untreated. Mineral rich and high in antioxidants and phytonutrients, Organic Cacao Nibs can be eaten daily as snacks or added to smoothies for an extra chocolate boost. These crunchy, tender nibs also make a delicious addition to raw desserts, granola, baked goods and are excellent for use in raw chocolate making. 

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

Also known as: Criolla cacao, Kakaw, Cocoa

  • Our Cacao Nibs are deliciously chocolatey but Low in sugar.
  • High in Magnesium: Cacao is one of the top 10 Magnesium rich foods. Magnesium relaxes muscles and strengthens bones and improves circulation. Our Nibs and Beans are high in this mineral. 35g serving provides 25% of the RDA. (This means about 20 Beans)
  • Source of Potassium: This mineral is essential to the function of the nervous system, muscle function and maintenance of normal blood pressure.
  • Also contains feel good phyto-nutrients.
  • Cacao makes an excellent supplement for women during the monthly cycle, as it is high in Magnesium it can relieve muscle cramps, and a source of Iron is good for the blood. It is also favoured by Athletes, for muscle recovery, and energy.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Cacao has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-foods such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • All our Raw Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make raw smoothies, raw chocolate bars, raw chocolate cakes and desserts. The nibs can be added to muesli, yogurts, cereals, trail mix and flapjacks, for a delicious super-nutritious addition.

Daily serving:

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Dietary Fibre
HIGH IN
Potassium
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High in Potassium

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells!  Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered and electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones.  Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly. 

Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.  It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.  The importance of potassium should not be underestimated in your dietary plan, most famously found in bananas other rich sources of potassium include spinach, avocados and coconut water.

Potassium contributes to:

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         the maintenance of normal blood pressure

HIGH IN
Phosphorus
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High in Phosphorus

Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body.  In order to be properly utilised it must be in proper balance with calcium and magnesium in the blood, these are the two minerals it works in tandem with to create strong bones and teeth, also helping to lay the foundation of a strong skeletal structure.  It is an essential part of our diet - especially as children when the most bone growth and development occurs.  Both DNA and RNA contain phosphorus which make it important for cellular reproduction. 

Phosphorus also contributes to the repair process and maintenance of various body cells which suffer from daily wear and tear, it makes up part of the phospholipids that surround cells - phospholipids help to protect and regulate what goes in and out of each cell.  Phosphorus plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy, it aids in the process of energy extraction by stimulating the process of metabolism of different nutrients including niacin(B3) and riboflavin(B2), helping to maximise the uptake of these two vitamins in particular.  The best sources for this mineral are chlorella, dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

Phosphorus contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         the normal growth and development of bone in children

·         the normal function of cell membranes

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Zinc
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High in Zinc

Zinc is a metal that functions as an essential nutrient in the body, it is found in every cell and has been used since ancient times, with Ayurvedic texts dating as far back as the 14th century recommending its application in various forms.  Although only required in limited amounts, zinc supports important bodily processes like strengthening the immune system – your body needs zinc to make T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in your bloodstream.  With antioxidant properties, zinc helps to protect the cells in the body from damage by free radicals and supports the catalytic activity of various enzymes essential in DNA synthesis and cell division.  In males, zinc assists in spermatogenesis (the production of mature spermatozoa) and is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, in females it aids in all the reproductive phases including the birth and lactation stages. 

Zinc is an essential component of over 300 enzymes participating in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and other macronutrients and has a regulatory role in vitamin A transport mediated through protein synthesis.  The intake of zinc has a positive influence on bone mass, it is an important cofactor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone), it accelerates the renewal of skin cells and it is essential for healthy nails and shiny hair.  Zinc is vital for vision with high concentrations found in the retina and may also protect from night blindness and prevent the development of cataracts.  This super nutrient also plays a crucial role in memory formation and cognitive stability, ensuring a proper intake of zinc is an important step towards optimal brain function.  Topping the list of zinc rich foods are oysters, however seeds such as chia, sunflower, hemp and pumpkin are also rich sources of this important mineral.

Zinc contributes to:

·         normal DNA synthesis

·         normal acid-base metabolism

·         normal carbohydrate metabolism

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal fertility and reproduction

·         normal macronutrient metabolism

·         normal metabolism of fatty acids

·         normal metabolism of Vitamin A

·         normal protein synthesis

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

HIGH IN
Copper
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High in Copper

An essential trace mineral in the body, copper has long been known to play a role in human health – its use dates back to 400 BC when Hippocrates is said to have employed it as a treatment for a variety of disorders.  Playing a beneficial role in immune function, you need copper for healthy white blood cells – the cell type tasked with seeking out, identifying and destroying pathogens.  Low copper levels lower your white blood count leaving you vulnerable to infection. 

Copper is a vital element of the dark pigment melanin which imparts colouration to the hair and skin, intake of copper is said to protect greying hair.  Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and releases it from its primary storage sites like the liver.  Also playing a significant role in the synthesis of haemoglobin, myelin and collagen, copper helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and is actively involved in the production of an element of connective tissue, elastin.  Functioning as a coenzyme for energy metabolism from the macronutrients in food we consume, copper enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins.  Oxidative stress is a characteristic of copper deficiency, when obtained from dietary sources it acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals which can damage your cells and DNA.  For your body to use copper you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese which is why it is best to obtain your copper from dietary sources where it is already in bioavailable form.  Topping the chart as the best source of copper are oysters!  Closely followed by kale, shitake mushrooms, seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Copper Contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal connective tissues

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal hair pigmentation

·         normal iron transport in the body

·         normal skin pigmentation

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

 

 

HIGH IN
Manganese
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High in Manganese

Derived from the Greek word for magic, manganese is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body and is found mostly in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It is essential for the proper and normal growth of the human bone structure and is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone.  Manganese is also needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides which are one of the main components of all connective tissues.  

Regulation of the body’s metabolism is another vital function of manganese with manganese activated enzymes helping in the metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates.  Also a powerful contributor to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which helps to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA, antioxidants such as SOD can help to neutralise free radicals.  Rich sources of manganese include; whole grains, nuts and nut butters and leafy vegetables.

Manganese contributes to:

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the normal formation of connective tissue

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

HIGH IN
Selenium
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High in Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace element that plays an important role in a number of physiological processes in humans.  It is a key element in spermatogenesis (the production or development of mature spermatozoa) and male fertility.  Selenium has also been shown to support the immune system by promoting the production of killer T-cells (a type of white blood cell), which engulf and destroy harmful foreign substances that enter the body and could otherwise cause disease and infection.  Selenium works in close conjunction with vitamin E as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of free radicals which can weaken and damage cells in every organ system. 

In addition, research has shown that selenium is an essential component of the thyroid gland’s functions, helping to regulate the amount of the thyroid hormone T3 that is produced within the body – without selenium the T3 hormone cannot be produced which can be catastrophic to a wide variety of your body’s systems.  It is believed that good selenium intake can help to prevent hair loss and promote shiny hair and healthy nail growthBrazil nuts are the richest source of selenium discovered so far, also found in mushrooms, shellfish, garlic, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, selenium is destroyed when foods are refined or processed so eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to get selenium into your diet.

Selenium contributes to:

·         normal spermatogenesis

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         normal thyroid function

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

SOURCE OF
Iron
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Source of Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

Cacao Nibs
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 35g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
35
 
Energy KJ
2701KJ/652Kcal
945KJ/228Kcal
11.25%
Fat
55.0g
19.3g
27.50%
of which saturates
0.0g
0.0g
 
Carbohydrate
27.2g
9.5g
3.66%
of which sugars
2.5g
0.9g
0.97%
Protein
12.0g
4.2g
8.40%
Dietary Fibre
29.0g
10.2g
 
Salt
19.00mg
6.65mg
0.11%
Potassium
750.00mg
262.50mg
13.13%
Phosphorus
321.00mg
112.35mg
16.05%
Magnesium
229.00mg
80.15mg
21.37%
Iron
3.90mg
1.37mg
9.75%
Zinc
3.20mg
1.12mg
11.20%
Copper
1.80mg
0.63mg
63.00%
Manganese
1.90mg
0.67mg
33.25%
Selenium
0.08mg
0.03mg
47.73%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult
  • Certified Organic by The Organic Food Federation.
  • Produced to GMP standards
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added.

Manufacture Process

Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Cacao NIbs come from cacao beans grown in rich and fertile soil that adheres to the strictest of organic standards. The cacao pods are hand harvested and after harvesting and fermentation has completed, the beans are spread out on the ground and allowed to dry under the sun. Once fully dried, the cacao beans are carefully cleaned and sorted to remove any poor quality beans, and passed over magnets to remove even the smallest impurities. They are dehydrated as a heat-free alternative to roasting, then winnowed to separate the beans from the husks and finally roughly broken into small crunchy Cacao Nibs.

Much like coffee, raw cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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5 out of 5by Diana Sherman
21 June 2019
Great Cacao nibs, have had as a snack and used in a banana cake.
5 out of 5by Tamara
6 June 2019
So tasty. ..
4 out of 5by Clare
11 April 2019
Delicious, nutty, crunchy, bitter nuggets of chocolate. Perfect in some plain yoghurt or topping cereal.
5 out of 5by Eileen D
17 March 2019
Fantastic!
5 out of 5by and Deliver To Ingrid Amado
17 January 2019
just good as ever since I am buying this product for a long time
5 out of 5by Mr Hari Thandi
7 June 2018
Excellent product,could'nt be better.
5 out of 5by Angela Knight
9 January 2018
I eat them straight from the bag - is that normal??
5 out of 5by Duncan
10 December 2017
This is chocolate in it's purest form, this will not make you fat it is when sugar is added you get fat.
5 out of 5by craig bestwick
27 September 2017
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5 out of 5by LARA HORVAT
30 May 2017
I love cacao nibs in oats and pancake batter. Haven't used them in any other way yet but they are amazing!
5 out of 5by emilie delbays
26 March 2017
Hi ! wel love your products but we can't read on it "raw", we have a doubt ! because we are making raw chocolate actually..
5 out of 5by faizul faizi
6 March 2017
Found to be very useful for blood health & in use for couple of years.
5 out of 5by R Parkinson
18 February 2017
Always first rate! Indigo herbs are first rate. The best on Internet shopping thank you very much for excellent service.
5 out of 5by Mr Sam Ashby
27 February 2016
Fresh and intense flavour
5 out of 5by Ryan
26 February 2016
Nice crunchiness added to chocolate while keeping it raw and healthy
Organic Cacao Butter Buttons 250g
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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Silky smooth Organic Cacao Butter Buttons
  • Fantastic Source of healthy fats
  • Perfect for use in vegan chocolate making
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
£6.99-£22.99
Organic Quality Assured Organic Organic Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
  • Full Description

  • Health Benefits

  • How to use

  • Suggested Use

  • Nutritional Information

  • Quality & Manufacture

  • Contraindications

  • Customer Reviews

  • Blogs

  • Recipes

Cacao Butter Buttons from Indigo Herbs are Certified Organic 100% pure natural Cacao. Organic Cacao Butter Buttons can be used to make chocolate, added to coffee, desserts and smoothies or used as a moisturising body butter to soothe and heal irritated skin. A fantastic source of essential fatty acids, these silky smooth butter drops taste delicious when melted down and mixed with natural sweetener, nuts, seeds and fruits.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

  • Iron: Cacao Butter Drops are a source of Iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue.
  • Contains Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients.
  • Cacao is an essential ingredient in making chocolate.
  • Sugar free, and very low salt.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Cacao Butter Buttons have a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, they can be used to make chocolate bars by adding Cacao powder. This can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-food such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powder, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • Use as required. 
Organic Cacao Butter Drops
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
3704KJ/901Kcal
741KJ/180Kcal
8.82%
Fat
100.0g
20.0g
28.57%
of which saturates
60.0g
12.0g
 
Carbohydrate
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
of which sugars
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Protein
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Dietary Fibre
0.0g
0.0g
 
Salt
0.00mg
0.00mg
0.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult

Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Butter Buttons are derived from cacao beans grown in rich and fertile soil that adheres to the strictest of organic standards. The Cacao beans are harvested, and left to ferment in boxes for a few days, then they are laid on trays and sundried. Next the shells are removed and the nibs are retained, then the nibs are then milled until they turn into Cacao liquor. The mass is then pressed, so that the Cacao butter is excreted and a solid Cacao cake is left. The cake is then ground into powder, and the butter is retained and moulded into delicious buttons. 

Much like coffee, cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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5 out of 5by Yogacat76
18 September 2019
I have been using this product to make my raw organic chocolate and I can highly recommend it for this use. They are less 'buttons' and more 'drops' and as such they melt down even quicker which is perfect! If you taste a drop on it's own, it already has a pleasing flavour and you can tell it is great quality. In the past I have made my own body butters and I would like to see how this product works in one of my body butter / lip butter recipes too. For now though, I cam highly recommend this product for chocolate making and culinary use!
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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Silky smooth, rich and pure Cacao Butter
  • Fantastic source of healthy fats
  • Perfect for vegan chocolate making
  • Can be used as a moisturising body butter 
  • Resealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
£5.99-£14.99
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Cacao Butter from Indigo Herbs is Certified Organic 100% pure natural Cacao. Organic Cacao Butter can be used to make chocolate, added to coffee, desserts and smoothies or used as a moisturising body butter to soothe and heal irritated skin. A fantastic source of essential fatty acids, this silky smooth butter tastes delicious when melted down and mixed with natural sweetener, nuts, seeds and fruits.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

Also known as: Criolla cacao, Kakaw, Cocoa

  • Iron: Cacao butter is a source of Iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue.
  • Contains Omega-3 and 6 fatty acids, vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients.
  • Cacao is an essential ingredient in making chocolate.
  • Sugar free, and very low salt.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Cacao Butter has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be used to make chocolate bars, by adding Cacao powder. It can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-food such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • Our Organic Cacao butter can also be used to make body rubs, massage bars and body butters. 
  • Use as required. 
SOURCE OF
Iron
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Source of Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

Cacao Butter
Nutritional info
Per 100g
20g Serving
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/ Kcal
3743KJ/894Kcal
749KJ/179Kcal
8.9%
Fat
99.1g
19.82g
28.3%
of which saturates
63.7g
12.74g
 
Carbohydrate
0.3g
0.06g
0.0%
of which sugars
0.3g
0.06g
 
Protein
0.3g
0.06g
0.1%
Dietary Fibre
0.1g
0.02g
 
Salt
6mg
1.20mg
0.0%
Iron
3.65mg
0.73mg
5.2%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult
  • Certified Organic by The Organic Food Federation
  • Produced to GMP standards 
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans 
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

Manufacture Process

Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Butter comes from cacao beans grown in rich and fertile soil that adheres to the strictest of organic standards. The Cacao beans are harvested, and left to ferment in boxes for a few days, then they are laid on trays and sundried. Next the shells are removed and the nibs are retained, then the nibs are then milled until they turn into Cacao liquor. The mass is then pressed, so that the Cacao butter is excreted and a solid Cacao cake is left. The cake is then ground into powder, and the butter is retained.

Much like coffee, cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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5 out of 5by dianne bendle
11 June 2019
Always reliable, a company I can trust.
5 out of 5by Meseret Temesgen
3 June 2019
Love how it smells. I actually use it as a moisturizer!! This is my 2nd bag. Love it.
5 out of 5by Laurynas Garbstas
18 February 2019
very good
5 out of 5by Nicola
28 December 2018
Excellent product. With the cacoa powder made fantastic chocolates
5 out of 5by Gayle Gang
24 July 2018
Love this product! Would recommend.
5 out of 5by Masaya Nakao
25 May 2018
Very good quality . I use for facrmask too and with salada and avocado and also made sweets . Many ways to use it.
5 out of 5by Hanna Mäkelä
3 April 2018
Great product and service. Recommended!
5 out of 5by Ms Pamela Mayford
26 March 2018
Cacao butter, it's great, thanks for being so prompt with the delivery too
5 out of 5by Eva Karrer
4 March 2018
i have ordered this product for the 3rd or 4th time - its a great product, good quality and fast delivery!
5 out of 5by Jayne B
20 December 2017
i am milk intolerant so very pleased to find this and looking forward to experimenting with it.
5 out of 5by Geoffrey Brooke
11 December 2017
This added to Cacao powder makes delicious raw chocolate.
5 out of 5by Duncan
10 December 2017
Again this is cacao in its purest form you add this to cacao choc powder or nibs and you will NOT get fat. Chocolate in its purest form will not make you fat.
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
6 December 2017
Love it ! I use this product to make raw chocolate and the result is just AMAZING <3 Thank you indigo you rock !!!
5 out of 5by Una
22 November 2017
Good quality raw cacao butter as advertised. Recommended. Great service from Indigo Herbs.
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
4 October 2017
Excellent quality/price product, I order these products regularly and will keep doing that :)
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
29 May 2017
A very good product, the price competitivity is insane.
5 out of 5by emilie delbays
26 March 2017
Hi ! wel love your products but we can't read on it "raw", we have a doubt ! because we are making raw chocolate actually..
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
11 February 2017
Insane fast delivery ! It was at my doorstep 2 days after ordering it ! The product is also awesome, I use it to make raw chocolate, which is THE HIT.
5 out of 5by P Clarke
4 February 2017
Very pleased with product and service
5 out of 5by Merlin Schwager
20 December 2016
A very good product. Perfect for raw chocolate.
5 out of 5by Dario Devcic
23 October 2016
butter is realy great....and the shipping is realy fast..i recomend to everyone
5 out of 5by LMC
9 September 2016
great thanks, apart from being constantly nagged to leave this review!
5 out of 5by Marina Ivanova
27 August 2016
Didn't know what to expect and wasn't very optimistic. But the order arrived very fast even surprised me. Good package. So far only used it as a body butter- lovely smell and the skin feels nice soft after that. still planning to use as chocolate ingridient.
5 out of 5by Danièle BARBIER
24 July 2016
exactly what I expective. All of your product are very good thankyou to provide such quality food
5 out of 5by Pia Mark
30 June 2016
I love this for making raw chocolate
5 out of 5by BK
1 June 2016
Great quality, beautiful smooth taste. I will buy it again.
5 out of 5by Jane Keogh
25 May 2016
Makes delicious chocolate !
5 out of 5by sara Colohan
20 May 2016
fresh large chunks - easy to work with butter.
5 out of 5by Ivan Verteletsky
14 March 2016
I have been ordering not first time since, don't remember, many times. Quite satisfied every time...
5 out of 5by Ivan Verteletsky
14 March 2016
Just received, as always, high quality. I'm going to recommend to any of my friends...
5 out of 5by Ian McMeekin
13 February 2016
Makes great chocolate - first time user so nothing to compare it too.
5 out of 5by Tracey
22 January 2016
Smelt and tasted divine. Would recommend.
5 out of 5by debi
8 January 2016
Tried this product before and it is a good as more expensive purchases i have made from other stores for the same thing. Makes sense to pay less. I highly recommend this product for raw chocolate making.
5 out of 5by Marlena Gendis
22 December 2015
Fab Very good quality product
5 out of 5by Mrs J.
4 December 2015
Great smell and quality. I use it on my skin. It makes it so soft.
5 out of 5by jade taylor
9 October 2015
Fan scent. Great pure taste :)
5 out of 5by Edna
8 September 2015
Always lovely quality, works well every time
Organic Cacao Husk Tea 50g
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Latin Name: Theobroma Cacao

  • On Sale Now! 50g Was 3.99 £ Now £2.99
  • Derived from the outer shell or "husk" of premium quality, organic, raw Cacao Beans
  • Naturally caffeine free
  • Energising and invigorating, chocolate tasting tea
  • Slightly bitter tang that can be balanced with your favourite natural sweetener
  • Resealable air tight, foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added
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Organic Cacao Husk Tea from Indigo Herbs is made from the pure husks of organic Peruvian cacao beans. This delicious, aromatic tea provides a unique chocolate experience. Cacao Husk Tea can be enjoyed black, with a milk of your choice or blended with warming spices and sweetened with your favourite natural sweetener. 

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the quality, manufacture and suggested use of this herbal tea. We are unable to advise you here on the benefits of our herbal products, however we do recommend you take the opportunity to research the many benefits of this tea. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals. Please consult a Herbalist as to how this product can benefit you.

Making a delicious cup of tea with loose leaf herbs is simple and easy. Brewing loose leaves is a traditional art with many different styles and varying items of tea brewing equipment on the market. There are one cup teaballs that can be filled with loose leaves, flowers, and barks and submerged straight into a boiling cup of hot water and then left to infuse. The rule of thumb with brewing loose leaves is to allow them to fully release their beneficial aromatic phyto-chemical content.

This process is lovingly called brewing and takes 5-10 minutes so a tea cosy is recommended if you are using a pot. When making a pot of tea it is advised that you use one teaspoon of loose leaf tea per person and one for the pot. Any true tea maker who truly appreciates the art would recommend heating the pot first, and of course when the tea is fully infused it is absolutely necessary that the drinker sits down and takes a minute to enjoy! For full instructions go to our How to make Herbal Tea Page.

Cacao Husk Tea can be made into a delicious hot drink by using 2 teaspoons of husks per cup of boiling water. Steep for 5 - 10 minutes depending on taste. Can be enjoyed black or with milk of your choice. Adding your favourite natural sweetener will bring out the true chocolate flavour. You can also blend with warming spices - try adding a cinnamon stick for added depth of flavour.

Indigo Herbs Cacao Husk Tea is derived from the husks of the finest Organic Cacao Beans. Once the beans have been harvested, the husks are removed and cleaned. They are then gently dried at low temperatures to ensure all of the phytonutrients remain intact. The husks are tested for pollutants before being made ready for shipment. 

None known, however organic cacao products can produce a stimulatory effect.

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1 out of 5by Ansgar Endress
3 November 2019
This husk tea used to be of better quality than that of the competition, so it justified the 50% price premium, but quality has been deteriorating. You also need to be careful that they send you what you pay for, as they sent me 50g rather than 100g bags on at least two occasions. (If it happens once, it's OK, but twice?). They also keep spamming you even when you complain about it about things you never signed up for (e.g., providing reviews). So I'm essentially providing this review so that they stop spamming me.
5 out of 5by susan logan
27 September 2019
Great taste - Too pricey, need a decent bulk buy offer please.
5 out of 5by Angela Cano
18 June 2019
STOP EMAILING ME!!! THERE'S NO WAY TO UNSUSCRIBE TO YOUR MAIL LIST, WHICH IS ILLEGAL. I LOVED THE PRODUCT BUT I WILL NEVER BUY IT AGAIN BECAUSE OF YOU EMAILING ME EVERY OTHER DAY TO FOR ME TO REVIEW THE PRODUCT. I DO NOT ACCEPT YOUR TERMS AND CONDITIONS NOR YOUR PRIVACY POLICY
Organic Raw Cacao Paste Pieces 250g
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Latin Name: Theobroma Cacao

  • Authentically Raw Organic Cacao Paste
  • From native varieties of Theobroma Cacao 
  • Processed at temperatures not exceeding 40°C
  • Raw Cacao has a slightly sharp, bitter taste that can be balanced with a natural sweetener
  • Naturally high in zinc - immune boosting
  • High in heart healthy magnesium
  • Rich in phytonutrients & antioxidants
  • Re-sealable airtight foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients – absolutely nothing added
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Organic Raw Cacao Paste from Indigo Herbs is a phytonutrient rich, 100% Raw Cacao Paste. Processed at low temperatures to ensure the delicate compounds remain intact, our authentically Raw Cacao Paste is sourced from native varieties of Theobroma Cacao grown in the mountains of Peru. Raw Cacao has been prized by South American civilizations for millennia. Organic Raw Cacao Paste can be used to make mouth watering raw chocolates or raw cake recipes. 

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Raw Cacao

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Raw Cacao has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-foods such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • All our Raw Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make raw smoothies, chocolate bars, chocolate cakes and desserts. The Raw Cacao Paste can be melted down and used to make Chocolate, or it can be grated over foods to add a low sugar chocolate flavour.

Daily serving:

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Potassium
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High in Potassium

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells!  Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered and electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones.  Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly. 

Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.  It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.  The importance of potassium should not be underestimated in your dietary plan, most famously found in bananas other rich sources of potassium include spinach, avocados and coconut water.

Potassium contributes to:

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         the maintenance of normal blood pressure

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Iron
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High in Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Zinc
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High in Zinc

Zinc is a metal that functions as an essential nutrient in the body, it is found in every cell and has been used since ancient times, with Ayurvedic texts dating as far back as the 14th century recommending its application in various forms.  Although only required in limited amounts, zinc supports important bodily processes like strengthening the immune system – your body needs zinc to make T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in your bloodstream.  With antioxidant properties, zinc helps to protect the cells in the body from damage by free radicals and supports the catalytic activity of various enzymes essential in DNA synthesis and cell division.  In males, zinc assists in spermatogenesis (the production of mature spermatozoa) and is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, in females it aids in all the reproductive phases including the birth and lactation stages. 

Zinc is an essential component of over 300 enzymes participating in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and other macronutrients and has a regulatory role in vitamin A transport mediated through protein synthesis.  The intake of zinc has a positive influence on bone mass, it is an important cofactor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone), it accelerates the renewal of skin cells and it is essential for healthy nails and shiny hair.  Zinc is vital for vision with high concentrations found in the retina and may also protect from night blindness and prevent the development of cataracts.  This super nutrient also plays a crucial role in memory formation and cognitive stability, ensuring a proper intake of zinc is an important step towards optimal brain function.  Topping the list of zinc rich foods are oysters, however seeds such as chia, sunflower, hemp and pumpkin are also rich sources of this important mineral.

Zinc contributes to:

·         normal DNA synthesis

·         normal acid-base metabolism

·         normal carbohydrate metabolism

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal fertility and reproduction

·         normal macronutrient metabolism

·         normal metabolism of fatty acids

·         normal metabolism of Vitamin A

·         normal protein synthesis

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

HIGH IN
Copper
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High in Copper

An essential trace mineral in the body, copper has long been known to play a role in human health – its use dates back to 400 BC when Hippocrates is said to have employed it as a treatment for a variety of disorders.  Playing a beneficial role in immune function, you need copper for healthy white blood cells – the cell type tasked with seeking out, identifying and destroying pathogens.  Low copper levels lower your white blood count leaving you vulnerable to infection. 

Copper is a vital element of the dark pigment melanin which imparts colouration to the hair and skin, intake of copper is said to protect greying hair.  Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and releases it from its primary storage sites like the liver.  Also playing a significant role in the synthesis of haemoglobin, myelin and collagen, copper helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and is actively involved in the production of an element of connective tissue, elastin.  Functioning as a coenzyme for energy metabolism from the macronutrients in food we consume, copper enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins.  Oxidative stress is a characteristic of copper deficiency, when obtained from dietary sources it acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals which can damage your cells and DNA.  For your body to use copper you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese which is why it is best to obtain your copper from dietary sources where it is already in bioavailable form.  Topping the chart as the best source of copper are oysters!  Closely followed by kale, shitake mushrooms, seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Copper Contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal connective tissues

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal hair pigmentation

·         normal iron transport in the body

·         normal skin pigmentation

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

 

 

HIGH IN
Manganese
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High in Manganese

Derived from the Greek word for magic, manganese is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body and is found mostly in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It is essential for the proper and normal growth of the human bone structure and is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone.  Manganese is also needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides which are one of the main components of all connective tissues.  

Regulation of the body’s metabolism is another vital function of manganese with manganese activated enzymes helping in the metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates.  Also a powerful contributor to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which helps to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA, antioxidants such as SOD can help to neutralise free radicals.  Rich sources of manganese include; whole grains, nuts and nut butters and leafy vegetables.

Manganese contributes to:

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the normal formation of connective tissue

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

Organic Raw Cacao Paste
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
2690KJ/643Kcal
538KJ/129Kcal
6.40%
Fat
54.6g
10.9g
15.59%
of which saturates
34.2g
6.8g
 
Carbohydrate
26.7g
5.3g
2.05%
of which sugars
3.5g
0.7g
0.78%
Protein
13.1g
2.6g
5.24%
Dietary Fibre
1.7g
0.3g
 
Salt
923.00mg
184.60mg
3.08%
Potassium
1100.00mg
220.00mg
11.00%
Calcium
132.36mg
26.47mg
3.31%
Magnesium
274.00mg
54.80mg
14.61%
Iron
7.20mg
1.44mg
10.29%
Zinc
4.80mg
0.96mg
9.60%
Copper
2.40mg
0.48mg
48.00%
Manganese
3.70mg
0.74mg
37.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult

Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Cacao Paste comes from the northern highlands of Peru in the Cajamarca. Once the cacao beans have been harvested they are fermented and sun dried. The temperatures are strictly monitored during the fermentation process to make sure they remain under 40°C, then the cacao is sun dried until it reaches a humidity of 7%.

Next the cacao is washed and machine dried at low temperatures until it reaches a humidity of 3% which produces Raw Cacao Beans. The beans are placed in a winnower which splits the beans and removes the skin, producing Raw Cacao Nibs. The smaller nibs are then milled to produce Raw Cacao Paste – the mill has a custom designed cooling system that ensures temperatures do not reach above 40°C. The paste is then tested for pollutants before being packaged up and made ready for shipment.

Cacao contains caffeine and other similar stimulants. Although side effects are minimal, eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related symptoms.

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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

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  • 75% Criollo, 25% Mix of Forastero and Trinitario
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Organic Cacao Beans from Indigo Herbs are 100& raw, unheated and untreated. These nutrient rich beans can be eaten as snacks and have a bitter sweet and sour taste. Organic Cacao Beans taste delicious when mixed with nuts, seeds, fruits and raw chocolate.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

Also known as: Kakaw, Cocoa

  • High in Magnesium: Cacao is one of the top 10 Magnesium rich foods. Magnesium relaxes muscles and strengthens bones and improves circulation.
  • Iron: Cacao is also a source of Iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue.
  • High in dietary fibre.
  • Also contains Phyto-nutrients.
  • Cacao makes an excellent supplement for women during the monthly cycle, as it is high in Magnesium it can relieve muscle cramps, and a source of Iron is good for the blood. It is also favoured by Athletes, for muscle recovery, and energy.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • The Cacao Bean has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be mixed up with dried fruits or nuts to create texture and flavour as a superfood trial mix.
  • All our Raw Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make raw smoothies, raw chocolate bars, raw chocolate cakes and desserts. The beans can be added to muesli, yogurts, cereals, trail mix and flapjacks, for a delicious super-nutritious addition.

Daily serving:

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Dietary Fibre
HIGH IN
Potassium
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High in Potassium

Potassium, the third most abundant mineral in the human body, is an essential mineral whose ions are vital for the functioning of all living cells!  Potassium plays a role at both the cellular and electrical level – considered and electrolyte because it carries a tiny electrical charge – it is found in red blood cells, muscles and bones.  Our bodies use potassium ions to conduct electrical impulses along muscle and nerve cells, it helps to boost the efficiency of nerve reflexes that transmit messages from one body part to another, this in turn helps in muscle contraction to perform various activities without tiring quickly. 

Potassium also has vasodilating properties that work to relieve the tension of blood vessels which is one of the main causes of high blood pressure.  It is helpful in reversing the role of sodium in unbalancing normal blood pressure thus acting as a vital component that maintains the normality of blood pressure in the human body.  The importance of potassium should not be underestimated in your dietary plan, most famously found in bananas other rich sources of potassium include spinach, avocados and coconut water.

Potassium contributes to:

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         the maintenance of normal blood pressure

HIGH IN
Phosphorus
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High in Phosphorus

Next to calcium, phosphorus is the most abundant mineral in the body.  In order to be properly utilised it must be in proper balance with calcium and magnesium in the blood, these are the two minerals it works in tandem with to create strong bones and teeth, also helping to lay the foundation of a strong skeletal structure.  It is an essential part of our diet - especially as children when the most bone growth and development occurs.  Both DNA and RNA contain phosphorus which make it important for cellular reproduction. 

Phosphorus also contributes to the repair process and maintenance of various body cells which suffer from daily wear and tear, it makes up part of the phospholipids that surround cells - phospholipids help to protect and regulate what goes in and out of each cell.  Phosphorus plays an essential role in how the body stores and uses energy, it aids in the process of energy extraction by stimulating the process of metabolism of different nutrients including niacin(B3) and riboflavin(B2), helping to maximise the uptake of these two vitamins in particular.  The best sources for this mineral are chlorella, dairy, whole grains, legumes and nuts.

Phosphorus contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         the normal growth and development of bone in children

·         the normal function of cell membranes

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Iron
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High in Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Zinc
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High in Zinc

Zinc is a metal that functions as an essential nutrient in the body, it is found in every cell and has been used since ancient times, with Ayurvedic texts dating as far back as the 14th century recommending its application in various forms.  Although only required in limited amounts, zinc supports important bodily processes like strengthening the immune system – your body needs zinc to make T-cells, a type of white blood cell that fights off foreign invaders in your bloodstream.  With antioxidant properties, zinc helps to protect the cells in the body from damage by free radicals and supports the catalytic activity of various enzymes essential in DNA synthesis and cell division.  In males, zinc assists in spermatogenesis (the production of mature spermatozoa) and is a critical mineral for robust testosterone levels, in females it aids in all the reproductive phases including the birth and lactation stages. 

Zinc is an essential component of over 300 enzymes participating in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fatty acids, proteins and other macronutrients and has a regulatory role in vitamin A transport mediated through protein synthesis.  The intake of zinc has a positive influence on bone mass, it is an important cofactor in the stimulation of bone building osteoblasts (cells that synthesize bone), it accelerates the renewal of skin cells and it is essential for healthy nails and shiny hair.  Zinc is vital for vision with high concentrations found in the retina and may also protect from night blindness and prevent the development of cataracts.  This super nutrient also plays a crucial role in memory formation and cognitive stability, ensuring a proper intake of zinc is an important step towards optimal brain function.  Topping the list of zinc rich foods are oysters, however seeds such as chia, sunflower, hemp and pumpkin are also rich sources of this important mineral.

Zinc contributes to:

·         normal DNA synthesis

·         normal acid-base metabolism

·         normal carbohydrate metabolism

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal fertility and reproduction

·         normal macronutrient metabolism

·         normal metabolism of fatty acids

·         normal metabolism of Vitamin A

·         normal protein synthesis

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

HIGH IN
Copper
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High in Copper

An essential trace mineral in the body, copper has long been known to play a role in human health – its use dates back to 400 BC when Hippocrates is said to have employed it as a treatment for a variety of disorders.  Playing a beneficial role in immune function, you need copper for healthy white blood cells – the cell type tasked with seeking out, identifying and destroying pathogens.  Low copper levels lower your white blood count leaving you vulnerable to infection. 

Copper is a vital element of the dark pigment melanin which imparts colouration to the hair and skin, intake of copper is said to protect greying hair.  Copper helps in the absorption of iron from the intestinal tract and releases it from its primary storage sites like the liver.  Also playing a significant role in the synthesis of haemoglobin, myelin and collagen, copper helps to protect the myelin sheath surrounding the nerves and is actively involved in the production of an element of connective tissue, elastin.  Functioning as a coenzyme for energy metabolism from the macronutrients in food we consume, copper enables a normal metabolic process in association with amino acids and vitamins.  Oxidative stress is a characteristic of copper deficiency, when obtained from dietary sources it acts as an antioxidant, getting rid of free radicals which can damage your cells and DNA.  For your body to use copper you need to have a balance of zinc and manganese which is why it is best to obtain your copper from dietary sources where it is already in bioavailable form.  Topping the chart as the best source of copper are oysters!  Closely followed by kale, shitake mushrooms, seeds, nuts and nut butters.

Copper Contributes to:

·         the maintenance of normal connective tissues

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal hair pigmentation

·         normal iron transport in the body

·         normal skin pigmentation

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

 

 

HIGH IN
Manganese
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High in Manganese

Derived from the Greek word for magic, manganese is a trace mineral that is present in tiny amounts in the body and is found mostly in the bones, liver, kidneys and pancreas.  It is essential for the proper and normal growth of the human bone structure and is a very effective mineral in aiding in the increase of the mineral density of spinal bone.  Manganese is also needed in the production and repair of connective tissue, its specific role is in the manufacture of mucopolysaccharides which are one of the main components of all connective tissues.  

Regulation of the body’s metabolism is another vital function of manganese with manganese activated enzymes helping in the metabolism of cholesterol, amino acids and carbohydrates.  Also a powerful contributor to the protection of cells from oxidative stress, manganese is a component of the antioxidant enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD) which helps to fight free radicals.  Free radicals occur naturally in the body but can damage cell membranes and DNA, antioxidants such as SOD can help to neutralise free radicals.  Rich sources of manganese include; whole grains, nuts and nut butters and leafy vegetables.

Manganese contributes to:

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the normal formation of connective tissue

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

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Vitamin B2
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Source of Vitamin B2

Vitamin B2, also known as riboflavin, is a water soluble vitamin.  It is one of the eight B vitamins that are essential for human health and is found in a variety of foods, both plant based and animal based, and is not lost in cooking like many of the other vitamins.  Vitamin B2 is critical to the breakdown of dietary carbohydrates, fats and proteins into energy that you can use.  Without adequate riboflavin in the diet the enzymes involved in energy production do not function optimally which can lead to tiredness and stress. 

Working in tandem with other B vitamins, vitamin B2 helps to protect the nervous system and plays an important role in saving your body from oxidative stress caused by free radicals, serving as a component of the enzyme glutathione reductase which helps to neutralize free radicals.  Essential for the formation of fresh red blood cells, vitamin B2 also interacts with iron which is used to synthesize haemoglobin, allowing your body to get the oxygen rich blood needed to perform the daily functions of life.   Along with vitamin A, riboflavin also helps to maintain the mucous membranes in the digestive system.  Playing a major role in ensuring healthy corneas, perfect vision and radiant skin, vitamin B2 is best consumed as nature intended!  Dietary sources rich in this important vitamin include; dark leafy green vegetables, barleygrass, mushrooms, avocados, dairy products and wild rice.

 

Vitamin B2 contributes to:

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         the normal functioning of the nervous system

·         the maintenance of normal mucous membranes

·         the maintenance of normal red blood cells

·         the maintenance of normal skin

SOURCE OF
Folate
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Source of Folate

Folate – the naturally occurring vitamin B9 – is often confused with folic acid.  Folic acid is a synthetically derived molecule created in a German laboratory in the 1940s and does not occur naturally in food.  Needless to say, folate metabolizes faster in the body and any excess is excreted through the urine whereas folic acid can accumulate in the blood and may adversely affect immune cell function.  Nature knows best when it comes to nutrition!  Folate is probably the vitamin whose essential role in pregnancy is most widely known.  It is necessary for the production of new DNA which is needed for the production of new cells – the growing life within the womb engages in constant cell division and the mother must expand her blood supply with the production of new red blood cells – these activities demand a generous supply of folate. 

Folate works to convert the amino acid homocysteine into methionine - a deficiency allows homocysteine levels to accumulate in the body.  High levels of homocysteine are associated with heart disease and stroke and can block blood and other nutrients from reaching the brain, interfering with the production of the feel good hormones serotonin and dopamine which regulate mood.  Within the body, folate is an activator – it has an influence on “natural killer” cells of the immune system which are in charge of fighting infections and malignant cells.  Romaine lettuce, spinach and asparagus are especially high in folate; other good sources include egg yolks, legumes and lentils.

Folate contributes to:

  • maternal tissue growth during pregnancy
  • normal amino acid synthesis
  • normal blood formation
  • normal homocysteine metabolism
  • normal psychological function
  • the normal function of the immune system
  • the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Folate has a role in the process of cell division
SOURCE OF
Calcium
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Source of Calcium

Forming 2% of total body weight in adults, calcium’s best known role is in bone and tooth health.  It forms a part of hydroxyapatite, the mineral complex that makes your bones and teeth hard and maintains bone density.  It is especially important that children consume an adequate amount of calcium to maximise their bone mass prior to adult years.  Also an important part of the blood clotting process, calcium works together with vitamin K and a protein called fibrinogen in the clotting cascade, without adequate levels of calcium and vitamin K the blood will take longer to clot.  Calcium helps your muscles contract in response to nerve stimulation, it activates a protein called calmodulin that your muscle cells need to provide the fuel they need to function.  Assisting in the transmission of neural impulses, the calcium in your body also aids other types of cell communication – it acts as a “second messenger” in your cells which means it responds to chemical signals from outside your cells and then triggers a response inside your cell. 

Calcium helps to activate several digestive enzymes and there is considerable evidence that calcium and vitamin D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism in humans.  Like all minerals, calcium doesn’t work alone but in tandem with other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D, for this reason, obtaining our calcium from whole foods – foods whose nutrient profiles have been optimised by nature for superior absorption – is the best way to remain healthy!  Excellent natural calcium sources include; chia seeds, sesame seeds, seaweed (such as kelp and Kombu), dark leafy greens and dairy products (such as yoghurt, cheese and kefir).

Calcium contributes to:

·         normal blood clotting

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal muscle function

·         normal neurotransmission

·         the normal function of digestive enzymes

·         Calcium has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Calcium is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children

 

SOURCE OF
Selenium
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Source of Selenium

Selenium is an essential trace element that plays an important role in a number of physiological processes in humans.  It is a key element in spermatogenesis (the production or development of mature spermatozoa) and male fertility.  Selenium has also been shown to support the immune system by promoting the production of killer T-cells (a type of white blood cell), which engulf and destroy harmful foreign substances that enter the body and could otherwise cause disease and infection.  Selenium works in close conjunction with vitamin E as an antioxidant to prevent the formation of free radicals which can weaken and damage cells in every organ system. 

In addition, research has shown that selenium is an essential component of the thyroid gland’s functions, helping to regulate the amount of the thyroid hormone T3 that is produced within the body – without selenium the T3 hormone cannot be produced which can be catastrophic to a wide variety of your body’s systems.  It is believed that good selenium intake can help to prevent hair loss and promote shiny hair and healthy nail growthBrazil nuts are the richest source of selenium discovered so far, also found in mushrooms, shellfish, garlic, pumpkin and sunflower seeds, selenium is destroyed when foods are refined or processed so eating a variety of whole, unprocessed foods is the best way to get selenium into your diet.

Selenium contributes to:

·         normal spermatogenesis

·         the maintenance of normal hair

·         the maintenance of normal nails

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         normal thyroid function

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

Cacao Beans
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 35g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
35
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
2420KJ/578 Kcal
847KJ/202Kcal
10.08%
Fat
50.3g
17.6g
25.15%
of which saturates
34.2g
12.0g
 
Carbohydrate
18.2g
6.4g
2.45%
of which sugars
1.0g
0.4g
0.39%
Protein
13.0g
4.6g
9.10%
Dietary Fibre
13.4g
4.7g
 
Salt
500.00mg
175.00mg
2.92%
Vitamin B2
0.24mg
0.08mg
6.03%
Potassium
1524.00mg
533.40mg
26.67%
Calcium
128.00mg
44.80mg
5.60%
Phosphorus
734.00mg
256.90mg
36.70%
Magnesium
499.00mg
174.65mg
46.57%
Iron
13.86mg
4.85mg
34.65%
Zinc
6.81mg
2.38mg
23.84%
Copper
3.84mg
1.34mg
134.40%
Manganese
3.80mg
1.33mg
66.50%
Selenium
0.01mg
0.01mg
9.10%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult
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  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

Manufacture Process

Indigo Herbs Organic Raw Cacao Beans come from plants grown in rich and fertile soil that adheres to the strictest of organic standards. Cocoa trees produce fibrous pods 15 to 25cm long and 7 to 10cm in diameter. Each contains 20 to 40 beans (seeds) within a pulp. After harvesting, the cacao pods are opened, and the beans and pulp removed. These are piled together and fermented over several days in the ambient tropical temperature (below 118°F, 47°C) -  fermentation removes the tannins and is key to the development of the classic aroma and taste of the beans. Following fermentation, the beans are carefully sundried, again below 118°F. At this stage the beans are inspected and packed for dispatch.

Much like coffee, raw cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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10 August 2018
Love this product,nice and fresh with a pedigree taste.. Yummie
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Great value. The cacao beans were fresh and lovely. Thank you :)
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Many more times stronger Antioxidants than of Blueberries. Great source of Iron, Magnesium.
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Normslly have nibs but thought I would try organic raw choc beans Really pleased with product. Tastes delicious just eaten from pack. Excellent value
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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Authentically Raw Organic Cacao Butter 
  • From native varieties of Theobroma Cacao
  • Processed at low temperatures not exceeding 40°C
  • Naturally high in healthy fats
  • Great substitute for other cooking oils 
  • Re-sealable airtight foil pouch to ensure maximum freshness
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients – absolutely nothing added
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Organic Raw Cacao Butter from Indigo Herbs is a phytonutrient rich, 100% Raw Cacao Butter. Processed at low temperatures not exceeding 40°C ensuring the delicate compounds remain intact, our authentically Raw Cacao Butter is sourced from native varieties of Theobroma Cacao grown in the mountains of Peru. Raw Cacao has been prized by South American civilizations for millennia. Raw Cacao Butter can be used to make mouth watering raw chocolates or raw cake recipes. Alternatively it can be used topically make body rubs, massage bars and body butters.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of natures healing botanicals.

Also known as: Cacao Butter

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Raw Organic Cacao Butter has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be used to make chocolate bars, by adding Cacao powder. It can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-food such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • Our Raw Organic Cacao butter can also be used to make body rubs, massage bars and body butters. 
  • Use as required. 
Organic Raw Cacao Butter
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/Kcal
3766KJ/900Kcal
753KJ/180Kcal
8.97%
Fat
99.9g
20.0g
28.54%
of which saturates
63.7g
12.7g
 
Carbohydrate
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
of which sugars
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Protein
0.0g
0.0g
0.00%
Dietary Fibre
0.0g
0.0g
 
Salt
0.00mg
0.00mg
0.00%
RDA: reference intake of an average adult

Indigo Herbs Raw Cacao Butter comes from the northern highlands of Peru in the Cajamarca. Once the cacao beans have been harvested they are fermented and sun dried. The temperatures are strictly monitored during the fermentation process to make sure they remain under 40°C, then the cacao is sun dried until it reaches a humidity of 7%.

Next the cacao is washed and machine dried at low temperatures until it reaches a humidity of 3% which produces Raw Cacao Beans. The beans are placed in a winnower which splits the beans and removes the skin, producing Raw Cacao Nibs. The smaller nibs are then milled to produce Raw Cacao Paste – the mill has a custom designed cooling system that ensures temperatures do not reach above 40°C.

To produce the Raw Cacao Butter the paste is pressed which yields Raw Cacao Butter and a cake of Raw Cacao Powder. The pressing process is done at low pressure to guarantee that temperatures don’t rise above 40°C, additionally a thermocouple allows the temperature to be monitored throughout. Once the Raw Cacao Butter is obtained it is put into moulds and tested before being made ready for shipping.

Cacao contains caffeine and other similar stimulants. Although side effects are minimal, eating large amounts might cause caffeine-related symptoms.

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Latin Name: Theobroma cacao

  • Smooth, velvety and rich Organic Cacao Paste 
  • Perfect for chocolate making
  • Rich in minerals, phytonutrients and antioxidants
  • Healthy and delicious
  • Resealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

 

 

£4.99-£13.99
Organic Quality Assured Organic Organic Vegetarian and Vegan Safe
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Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Paste is 100% pure. This nutrient rich paste can be used to make natural chocolate. Organic Cacao Paste tastes delicious when melted down and mixed with natural sweetener, nuts, seeds and fruits.

At Indigo Herbs we are passionate about premium quality botanicals. Explore the tabs on this page to find out more about the health benefits, quality, manufacture and suggested use of this superfood. At Indigo Herbs we are committed to empowering optimum health and nutrition and assisting you to take responsibility for your own health and wellbeing, by having access to many of nature’s healing botanicals.

Also known as: Criolla Cacao, Kakaw, Cocoa

  • Our Cacao paste is low in sugar but still gives that chocolate taste.
  • Vitamin C: Our paste is high in Vitamin C, which supports the immune system, acts as an anti-oxidant and relieves exhaustion and stress.
  • Calcium: Our paste is high in Calcium, which is essential to bones and teeth.
  • Iron: Cacao is also a source of Iron. Iron oxygenates the blood and reduces fatigue.
  • Also contains feel good Phyto-nutrients, including Theobromine.
  • Cacao makes an excellent supplement for women during the monthly cycle, as it contains Magnesium it can relieve muscle cramps, and a source of Iron is good for the blood. It is also favoured by Athletes, for muscle recovery, and energy.
  • It makes an excellent healthy treat for both children and adults.
  • Cacao paste is the essential ingredient for Raw Chocolate.

Natural Chocolate is simple and easy to make.

The Chocolate ingredients must be handled carefully, the Cacao Butter must be melted over a bowl of boiling water. When the butter has liquefied, the dry ingredients can be stirred in.

Firstly add flavourings such as vanilla powder, then Cacao powder, then sweetener such as Agave Syrup.

The chocolate is still runny at this stage so must be poured into moulds before it sets. The moulds can be put in a freezer to set for 20 minutes, then the chocolate easily pops out of the mould. For full instruction go to our How to make Raw Chocolate Page.

  • Cacao has a wonderful light heavenly aroma, and slightly bitter sweet chocolate taste, it can be enjoyed in its pure intense form or it can be sweetened with a naturally sweet super-foods such as coconut blossom nectar, fruit powders, dried fruit, dried berries, agave nectar, honey, or the herbal sugar free sweetener Stevia.
  • All our Organic Cacao ingredients can be used to make raw smoothies, chocolate bars, chocolate cakes and desserts. The Cacao paste can be melted down and used to make Chocolate, or it can be grated over foods to add that Low sugar chocolate flavour.

Daily serving:

Use as required. 

HIGH IN
Dietary Fibre
HIGH IN
Vitamin C
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High in Vitamin C

Vitamin C, a water soluble vitamin also known as ascorbic acid, is one of the safest and most effective vitamins whose benefits are many.  It is absolutely vital in collagen production – collagen is a simple protein and an essential part of our connective tissue – the very framework of our body.  All of the components that hold our bodies together such as skin, bones, blood vessels, teeth and gums, tendons and cartilage rely upon collagen.  Vitamin C is directly responsible for influencing collagen synthesis and helps to shield us from the symptoms of collagen deletion – most famously scurvy! 

A powerful antioxidant, vitamin C can protect cells from the damaging effects of free radicals which are harmful by-products of digestion or foreign substances in the atmosphere.  Inside the body it changes form to a negatively charged compound called ascorbate which helps to protect nerve cells and improves psychological function.  It has been known as the antioxidant’s antioxidant because it functions to protect vitamin E from oxidation too, another vitamin that interacts with free radicals to prevent cell damage.  Vitamin C strongly enhances the absorption of iron - when they are consumed and digested together, vitamin C combines with the iron to form a compound that is more easily absorbed.  Crucial to the overall health of the body in its efforts to fight off infections – both bacterial and viral – white blood cells contain 20 times the amount of vitamin C than other cells and require constant replenishment to keep the immune system working to its optimum capacity, especially during and after intense physical exercise.    Whilst highly concentrated in citrus fruits, other rich sources of vitamin C are acerola cherries, leafy green vegetables, red peppers and potatoes.

Vitamin C contributes to:

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of blood vessels

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of bones

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of cartilage

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of gums

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of skin

·         normal collagen formation for the normal function of teeth

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal psychological function

·         the normal function of the immune system

·         maintain the normal function of the immune system during and after intense physical exercise

·         the protection of cells from oxidative stress

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         the regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E

·         Vitamin C increases iron absorption

HIGH IN
Calcium
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High in Calcium

Forming 2% of total body weight in adults, calcium’s best known role is in bone and tooth health.  It forms a part of hydroxyapatite, the mineral complex that makes your bones and teeth hard and maintains bone density.  It is especially important that children consume an adequate amount of calcium to maximise their bone mass prior to adult years.  Also an important part of the blood clotting process, calcium works together with vitamin K and a protein called fibrinogen in the clotting cascade, without adequate levels of calcium and vitamin K the blood will take longer to clot.  Calcium helps your muscles contract in response to nerve stimulation, it activates a protein called calmodulin that your muscle cells need to provide the fuel they need to function.  Assisting in the transmission of neural impulses, the calcium in your body also aids other types of cell communication – it acts as a “second messenger” in your cells which means it responds to chemical signals from outside your cells and then triggers a response inside your cell. 

Calcium helps to activate several digestive enzymes and there is considerable evidence that calcium and vitamin D intake are influential in modulating energy metabolism in humans.  Like all minerals, calcium doesn’t work alone but in tandem with other nutrients such as magnesium and vitamin D, for this reason, obtaining our calcium from whole foods – foods whose nutrient profiles have been optimised by nature for superior absorption – is the best way to remain healthy!  Excellent natural calcium sources include; chia seeds, sesame seeds, seaweed (such as kelp and Kombu), dark leafy greens and dairy products (such as yoghurt, cheese and kefir).

Calcium contributes to:

·         normal blood clotting

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal muscle function

·         normal neurotransmission

·         the normal function of digestive enzymes

·         Calcium has a role in the process of cell division and specialisation

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal bones

·         Calcium is needed for the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Calcium is needed for normal growth and development of bone in children

 

HIGH IN
Magnesium
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High in Magnesium

The importance of magnesium ions for all life itself, as well as for overall vibrant health, is hard to overstate.  Frequently referred to as the “miracle mineral”, magnesium is required to give the “spark of life” to metabolic functions involving the creation of energy and its transport, the creation and synthesis of proteins and is involved in literally hundreds of enzymatic reactions - it activates the enzymes that make copies of DNA and RNA making it essential in the process of cell division. 

Roughly half of your body’s magnesium is stored in your bones and acts as a cofactor with calcium and vitamin D to maintain and strengthen the bone structure and teeth (your teeth can only form hard enamel from calcium if magnesium is available).  It also works, again in concert with calcium, to regulate electrical impulses in the cells.  Cellular calcium channels allow the mineral to enter the cell only as long as needed to conduct an impulse, it is ushered out immediately by magnesium once its task is fulfilled, operating as a natural calcium channel blocker and responsible for relaxation, magnesium is pivotally important to the functioning of the parasympathetic nervous system.  Both magnesium and calcium are intimately involved with muscle function (magnesium relaxes, calcium contracts) with frequent muscle cramps being a symptom of a deficiency in magnesium.  If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected as magnesium is crucial to the production of neurotransmitters and the integrity of the blood brain barrier and therefore is needed to maintain normal psychological function.  The best food sources of magnesium include; avocados, chia and hemp seeds, sesame seeds, raw cacao and raw chocolate, sprouted nuts/seeds, sea vegetables (such as kelp and nori), raw green vegetables and grass fed dairy products.

Magnesium contributes to:

·         a reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         electrolyte balance

·         normal energy yielding metabolism

·         normal functioning of the nervous system

·         normal muscle function

·         normal protein synthesis

·         normal psychological function

·         the maintenance of normal bones

·         the maintenance of normal teeth

·         Magnesium has a role in the process of cell division

HIGH IN
Iron
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High in Iron

Iron is needed for a number of highly complex processes that continuously take place in the body on a molecular level and that are indispensable to human life.  Formation of haemoglobin is the chief function of this mineral – this is the primary protein found in red blood cells and represents about two thirds of the body’s iron.  Haemoglobin binds to the oxygen molecules that you breathe in from the air and releases them into your tissues.  The brain receives around 20% of the blood oxygen and a proper flow of blood to the brain can stimulate cognitive activity and help to create new neural pathways, it is especially important that children consume enough iron in their diet – iron deficiency in the first two years of a child’s life is associated with delayed cognitive and psychomotor development.  

Ribonucleic reductase is an iron dependant enzyme that is required for DNA synthesis (cell division), thus iron is required for a number of functions including healing and immune function - red blood cells are necessary for providing oxygen to damaged tissues, organs and cells.  Iron is also involved in food metabolism and is a cofactor and activator for some enzymes which play key roles in energy production and metabolism.  If iron stores are low symptoms can include tiredness, fatigue and dizziness.  Dietary iron has two forms, heme (animal based) and non-heme (plant based), important sources are; grass fed beef, oysters, spinach, lentils and beans.

Iron contributes to:

·         normal cognitive function

·         normal energy-yielding metabolism

·         normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin

·         normal oxygen transport in the body

·         normal function of the immune system

·         the reduction of tiredness and fatigue

·         normal cognitive development of children

·         Iron has a role in the process of cell division

Cacao Paste
Nutritional info
Per 100g
Serving 20g
Serving %RDA*
Daily Portion in grams
 
20
 
Energy KJ/ Kcal
2244KJ/536Kcal
449KJ/107Kcal
5.3%
Fat
51.3g
10.26g
14.7%
of which saturates
33.3g
6.66g
 
Carbohydrate
6g
1.2g
0.5%
of which sugars
0.6g
0.12g
 
Protein
12.6g
2.52g
5.0%
Dietary Fibre
25g
5g
 
Salt
600mg
120mg
2.0%
Vitamin C
27.43mg
5.49mg
6.9%
Calcium
128mg
25.6mg
3.2%
Magnesium
272mg
54.4mg
14.5%
Iron
26.12mg
5.22mg
37.3%
Theobromine
1.50mg
 
 
RDA: reference intake of an average adult
  • Certified Organic by The Organic Food Federation
  • Produced to GMP standards
  • Quality Assured by Indigo Herbs. (link to Quality statement)
  • Suitable for vegetarians and vegans
  • Re-sealable air tight, foil pouch
  • 100% pure botanical ingredients, absolutely nothing added

Manufacture Process

Indigo Herbs Organic Cacao Paste comes from cacao beans grown in rich and fertile soil that adheres to the strictest of organic standards. The Cacao beans are harvested, and left to ferment in boxes for a few days, then they are laid on trays and sundried. Next the shells are removed and the nibs are retained, then the nibs are then milled until they turn into cacao liquor (Cacao Paste).

Much like coffee, pure cacao acts as a stimulant, which at the least can negatively affect sleep and at worst may agitate kidneys.

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4 out of 5by Clare
11 April 2019
Deliciously bitter cacao paste. Perfect in yoghurt.
5 out of 5by Karina Legumi
28 February 2019
love it deep flavour
5 out of 5by Janet- Leicestershire.
25 February 2019
I searched to find this to make some ‘Decadent’ chocolates for my husband on Valentines Day. Indigo Herbs were wonderful and had exactly what I needed. Excellent customer support and a very quick delivery too! I’ll be returning to Indigo Herbs for other products straight away for an easy life!! Hey Presto- success.
5 out of 5by Gillian Sanger
30 January 2019
Same great quality every time.
5 out of 5by Deb Wyatt
25 April 2018
Excellent cacao paste, smells divine.
5 out of 5by Liz Cirelli
6 April 2018
Incredible quality. The best in my opinion!
5 out of 5by Deb Wyatt
9 February 2018
Product is great, exactly as described on website
5 out of 5by Cheryl Palmer
11 September 2016
Fantastic value, quality and super speedy P&P, as always!
4 out of 5by Liz Westhead
7 September 2015
I should have preferred powder to paste
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