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Here at Moon Cycle Bakery, we've been referred to as "the $15 brownie", making claims to save the world and carrying doughnuts (that last one, however, is brilliant and will be true very soon...)
The point is, we aren't any of those things. We are a small team of people who genuinely care about the well being of others, our bodies and the knowledge that continues to support it.
We take our time to read studies, discuss recipes with experts, collaborate with high-quality, integrity driven brands, and share this with our customers.
Enter: Mission Control. A hub where our mission for honesty is supported and a ground zero for all of our nutritional information that floats around in our Universe.
Besides being totally delicious, Raspberries are high in vitamin C, which helps your body absorb iron. This is a reason to cheer when we're losing anywhere from four tablespoons to one cup of blood every month. Time to replenish.
evening Primrose oil
Evening primrose oil is made from the seeds of the primrose flowers (a plant native to North America). The plant has traditionally been used to many ailments including bruises, hemorrhoids, digestive problems, and sore throats.
Its healing benefits may be due to its gamma-linolenic acid (GLA) content. GLA is an omega-6 fatty acid found in plant oils and is known to help with PMS symptoms including cramps, breast pain and tenderness, depression and irritability and fluid retention.
These are the best kind of dates out there and far beat their blind and awkward counterparts. Dates are chock-full of magnesium and Vitamin B6 — two nutrients we lose during our cycles — and are a better choice for a sweetener compared to processed sugar.
Cordyceps is an adrenal tonic, specifically known for increasing energy, oxygenating the blood, supporting the immune system and brain and an increase in feelings of alertness. This makes Cordyceps perfect for right after ovulation — a time when the body is naturally known to have more energy and drive and can help assist in new activities, exercise and an overall zest for life. This adaptogen is also known as a libido tonic, which is a-okay with us (and our partners).
Chocolate. It's what's for breakfast...or could be if you have some Moon Cycle Bakery treats hanging out in your fridge. When we crave chocolate during our cycle, it may be a good indicator that we are lacking in the micronutrient magnesium. Our magnesium drops when our progesterone rises, causing some not so great side effects including headaches, bloating, low blood sugar, constipation, sugar cravings and fluid retention. Cacao comes to the rescue and is a helper in replenishing magnesium, administering antioxidants and tasting delicious.
Research has shown that ginger contains carbohydrates, free fatty acids, amino acid, proteins, and gingerols, which all have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antiemetic (preventing an upset tummy) effect, but Ginger doesn't stop there. It's also known for it's anti-pain property. Studies have found that ginger may even help ease dysmenorrhea, or pain associated with menstruation or menstrual cramps. In one study, results showed a significant difference in the severity and duration of pain between ginger and placebo groups when the ginger supplement was given two days before the onset of menstruation and continued through the first three days.
Honey is good for the soul and body and can lead to the same amount of pain relief as an Nsaid (Advil, etc) Studies showed that in the first 3 days of menstruation, Honey and the NSAID led to the same amount of pain relief in women with pain during menstruation and is suggested to be used for pain relief due to its lower side effects and pharmacological complications. Queen Bee at her best.
He Shou Wu is a Tradtional Chinese Medicine that contains Iron and Zinc, is known as a blood tonic, liver support and kidney support. It is also a rich source of lecithin which has an ability to strengthen the membranes of red blood cells, which will help improve memory and nerve function. It has been shown to prevent excessive blood platelet aggregation (clumping) and improve blood flow. He Shou Wu also has high amounts of SOD (Superoxide Dismutase) a potent antioxidant.
This herb is perfect for post-period to rebuild blood levels. However, being a blood tonic, this would also be good for anyone throughout the month who has scanty periods, brown blood, and very light bleeding which can be a sign of blood deficiency.
Coconut butter, unlike it's best friend coconut oil, provides 5 percent of the recommended daily value of Iron (and we know how crucial this is during our periods). It's also high in fiber and can help control blood sugar levels — an impertinent feature during our cycles, especially in the Luteal phase.
Matcha is a powerhouse of a tea. It contains the antioxidants of 10 cups of green tea, doesn't harsh your adrenal glands like coffee does, supplies an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called L-Theanine (which induces relaxation without drowsiness) and owns one of the coolest colors out there. Studies have shown that including matcha in your diet could increase your antioxidant intake, which may help prevent cell damage and even lower your risk of several chronic diseases.
These little buggers are jam-packed with nutrients, such as vitamin B2, vitamin E, calcium, iron, phosphorus and magnesium. They also include fiber, heart healthy fats, antioxidants, and folate in petal shaped nugget. They are fantastic for an energy boost and have two very important fatty acids, both linoleic and linolenic acids, which help to reduce inflammation all around the body
Reishi is not only an immune system tonic, but also an incredible nervous system calming herb. Reishi is a regulator of blood sugar (support in combating cravings) and is used to counteract general fatigue or weakness that may be associated with chronic PMS. It is an excellent herb for calming and relaxing individuals who experience irritability, nervousness, emotional excess, and sleeplessness during their cycle (or in general).
Period extraordinaire Alissa Vitti explains the physiological reason behind craving carbs. When the carb monster sets in, it's usually because your body needs more B vitamins. She continues by explaining how important it is to have adequate intake of complex carbs to stabilize serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain and help prevent mood swings. To avoid the cravings and PMS symptoms, Vitti recommends eating healthy amounts of cooked quinoa or sweet potato every day during this phase. Vitamin B1 also helps decease cramping pain — sweet celebration.
This is not your normal coconut butter. This yellow baby is packed with turmeric, black pepper (to better absorb the curcumin in your body) and Ashwagandha. Curcumin is a huge anti-inflammation agent and can help decrease pain by decreasing inflammation in the body. Ashwagandha is know as the "relaxation nation" and supports the body by its sedative and hypotensive properties, reducing heart rate and also insomnia due to the alkaloids. It can also help improve thyroid gland function, and abnormally low thyroid gland production can negatively affect PMS. It does this by boosting T4 to T3, the inactive form of the hormone to the active form. Ashwagandha also helps reduce anxiety through increased GABA activity (a neurotransmitter that blocks impulses between nerve cells and the brain). Glow-get-at-it.