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Posted by: Goldie, Friday, June 8, 2012, 2:35pm
I am finally taking the plunge and bought cocoa nips.. They are supposed to contain the natural oil and I so hope it will be even better than chocolate...  

Question: I also bough Maca powder.. does anyone have info on it for O' nonnie?  with diabetes ..

supposed to energize.. as is the cocoa nips.. and help with meno-pause issues..
Posted by: Amazone I., Friday, June 8, 2012, 3:40pm; Reply: 1
Goldieshatz... yup true... expressis verbis I've observed that Maca works beautifully for the O's... I think because of the bunch of amino acids in... with which you- the O's match beautifully ;) ;D......
Posted by: Conor, Friday, June 8, 2012, 4:16pm; Reply: 2
Hi Goldie, I previously asked if any male Hunters had or were using maca as an adaptogenic food, but received no feedback. I'm not a Nonnie but I started using maca combined with 75-percent cacao (as chocolate is a diamond superfood for me). In my various readings about maca, it seems to work equally well--although differently--for both men and women. In each instance, though, it seems to act on hormonal normalization.

I'm using maca while I cycle off of ginseng for a couple of months. It [maca] seems to be well tolerated by most people, and I haven't noticed any adverse reactions to it but I do notice it, combined with chocolate, provides a certain energy enhancement (not frenetic energy like too much caffeine; more of a focused energy). I've only been using it for a couple of weeks now, so I'll see if its effects remain consistent after four weeks or if my body has adapted to it (and effects minimize).

One note of caution I do recall reading about for women using maca, though, is that a woman diagnosed with endometriosis or fibrocystic breast disease, to be on the safe side, should avoid maca. With regard to endometriosis, the warning had to do with the levels of estrogen in women diagnosed with this (i.e., their estrogen levels contribute to their endometriosis, as well as noting that increased estrogen levels can be a risk factor for breast cancer). Here's an excerpt from one of various texts that I read:
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"The herb maca is not recommended for women with endometriosis as it is rather potent in its action, and will affect levels of both estrogen as well as progesterone. The levels of estrogen need to be minimised in women with endometriosis as this is the hormone that feeds endometriosis ...."
Posted by: Joy, Saturday, June 9, 2012, 2:43am; Reply: 3
Take a look at  It is an official site for maca.  I started taking it to balance my hormonal level.  Athletes take it to increase endurance.  

There is alot of information on this site.  I didn't know anything about endometriosis though.

All you really need is l/2 a teaspoon a day.  and if you take it for say two weeks straight you should stop for at least a few days to give the body a rest.  It is very powerful.

It is like Trehalose in that I would not recommend taking it in the evening at all.

Posted by: Goldie, Sunday, June 10, 2012, 8:04am; Reply: 4
I bought Maca ...... besides other glands..

Thyroid & Parathyroid Glands:

The Thyroid gland controls the rate at which the body produces energy from nutrients. The alkaloid extract of maca can activate calcitonine hormones, which regulate the metabolism of calcium (Ca) and phosphorus (P) in the blood. The hormone is secreted by the thyroid and the parathyroid. It acts in the intestines, bones, and kidneys to increase the (Ca2+) in the plasma. It also aids in wound healing through blood clotting. (Chacon)

so I got Maca in the mail, taste is ok.. 1/2 tea spoon .. ok  

BUT the cocoa nips are tiny morsels with relative no flavor.. when other here talked about nips I never expected it to be the stuff I received... Now that I have those nips, what am I supposed to do with them?  I can only think of mashing them and drink in cocoa and water.  I expect it will be a little more oily as this is supposed to be natural.  

A pinch so far tasted very disappointing..  
Posted by: Debra, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 8:08pm; Reply: 5
I was thinking of getting some cacao "nibs" I think I've heard/seen them called, so I can have stimulation of choc without the sugar. Dont know if nips is diff from nibs. So would like to know what to do with them too if they dont taste great on their own. I've seen peops put them in fruit smoothies or with hot tea drink concoctions. Could try looking on youtube. Sorry can't really help on this occasion...
Posted by: Victoria, Sunday, June 17, 2012, 9:14pm; Reply: 6
I don't care for cocoa nibs personally.  They are kind of fibrous. If I understand correctly, they are coarsely ground cocoa beans.

I prefer other means of getting a chocolate/cocoa fix if I'm so inclined.  ;)
Posted by: Goldie, Monday, June 18, 2012, 1:57am; Reply: 7
Debra.. I will send you th pack I bought email your address..

They are like rough sand .. nothing Cocoa about them,, I tried to mix them tried to smash them, all just is gritty, no flavor..

I tried warm and cold.. no good results..

I can not understand how these things make chocolate..

A long time someone posted about nib/nips.. as being chewy gooey on the inside.. THERE is no inside.. more like coffee grinds..

I expected some chunky thing with on oily consistency somewhere insides.. no such thing.. so now I wonder where chocolate gets it's oilyness..???

and if this is a chocolate nut, why have it opened and spill all the grit, as is dry and unmeltable..  :X  

Do you still want them? a pleasure to pass them on to someone who will then have on easy time to just chuck them into the garden to aerate the soil.. IF it then makes chocolate tasting broccoli that is ok with me..  ;D  
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