Cacao + Collagen

A delicious smooth chocolate blend of luxury Peruvian raw cacao combined with generous amounts of highly absorbable, hydrolysed collagen peptides to nourish your skin from within. With organic botanicals comprising adaptogenic ashwagandha to help build stress resilience, nutrient diverse baobab, sweet earthy beetroot plus carob and cinnamon for a hint of natural sweetness. 

Each serving provides a rich source of fibre to support digestive function and gut microbiome. Our blend provides nutritional sustenance and an excellent source of protein for body conditioning and to help sustain your fasting window and achieve your ketogenic goals.

Together these botanicals and hydrolysed collagen peptides turn your brew into a comforting optimal daily wellbeing ritual.

250g (approx 25 servings)

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      All of our products are 100% natural and free from artificial ingredients, GMOs, fillers, and refined sugars.

      All of our products are free from gluten.

      Responsibly made for a happy planet.

      All of our products are free from dairy.

      Daily ritual for daily optimal wellbeing.

      "Not your average hot chocolate, this is packed full of antioxidants."

      Jo Woodhurst
      Our In-House Nutritional Therapist

      Benefits of Cacao + Collagen

      2000mg of nourishing hydrolysed collagen peptides in each serving.

      Rich in prebiotic fibre to support a balanced digestive system.

      Excellent source of protein to support muscle mass and body conditioning.

      Balancing ashwagandha to help build resistance to stress.

      Nourishment to help avoid in-between meal snacking.

      Deliciously warming chocolate ritual for mindful wellbeing.

      “Ingesting goodness is better than slapping creams on your face. I drink a Cacao + Collagen from Ancient + Brave.  It has changed my life”.

      Susannah Constantine
      Journalist, Presenter

      Raw Cacao

      Whereas cocoa is made using a fermentation process drying, roasting and then milling cacao beans into a fine powder - raw cacao is made from unprocessed and unroasted cacao powder.

      This gives raw cacao a subtle chocolate flavour and an improved nutrition profile since many of the natural phytonutrients, enzymes and vitamins found naturally in the cacao bean may be lost during the roasting process.

      You’ll find organic raw cacao in our Cacao + Collagen where it imparts a rich, smooth chocolate flavour.

      Cocoa

      Cocoa originates from South America and was used by the Mayans for ceremonial rituals and health purposes.

      Harvested from the cacao fruit tree, also known as Theobroma Cacao, cocoa is high in fibre, polyphenols, iron and magnesium and also contains phenylethylamine and theobromines which may have mood enhancing properties.

      Cocoa beans are crushed, the fat or cocoa butter is removed, the beans are roasted and ground to create a deep, rich, intense, chocolaty, slightly bitter, slightly sweet flavour.

      We pride ourselves in sourcing the best quality organic cocoa for our Cacao + Collagen and it’s so good we couldn’t resist adding a touch to our Coffee + Collagen.

      Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides

      Collagen provides strength and integrity to the structural protein matrix found in skin, bones, ligaments, tendons and cartilage.

      Collagen loss is a natural part of ageing which occurs from our 30’s and increase as we grow older. Our hydrolysed collagen peptides are a specific size (under 5000DA’s) for maximum absorption and efficient integration into targeted cells.

      Sourced from organic grass-fed herds in South America and found pre-blended in our delicious brews of Coffee + Collagen and Cacao + Collagen or as our odourless, tasteless, highly dissolvable True Collagen to add to your own drinks.

      Beetroot

      Beautiful deep pink in colour and rich in earthy beet flavours this incredible ingredient captured our hearts a long time ago. The nutrients found in beetroot include folate, vitamin C, manganese, potassium, fibre and several beneficial plant compounds such as the deep red plant pigment called betanin.

      Beetroot also provides a natural source of inorganic nitrates which the body may convert into nitric oxide which supports the mechanisms involved with blood pressure balance.

      We use an intensely delicious organic beetroot powder which adds depth, richness and velvety texture to our Cacao + Collagen and Radiant Collagyn.

      Cinnamon

      Originating from Indonesia and China, cinnamon is a tree bark and has been important both as a culinary spice and as an Ayurvedic botanical for centuries.

      Researchers are uncovering how this aromatic spice may help support the mechanism that help regulate blood sugar balance and its natural sweetness helps reduce the need for added sugar.

      There is something incredibly comforting about the naturally sweet flavour and aroma of this beautiful spice and for this reason, we’ve included our beautiful organic cinnamon to Cacao + Collagen and Inspired Collagyn


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      Carob

      Carob is a tropical, evergreen flowering shrub with pods that look like dark brown pea pods. These contain a naturally sweet edible pulp that tastes like chocolate!

      The ancient Greeks were the first to cultivate carob trees and they are now grown all over the world from India to Australia.

      Carob contains an impressive collection of nutrients including fibre, calcium (twice as much compared to cocoa), iron, potassium, manganese, magnesium, gallic acid and pectin.

      Unlike cacao, carob is caffeine-free and incredibly sweet and adds a real touch of luxury to our Coffee + Collagen and Cacao + Collagen .

      Ashwagandha

      Also known as Indian ginseng this botanical is native to North Africa and India. It has been used for over 3000 years as one of the most important herbs in Ayurvedic medicine.

      The Sanskrit translation of ashwagandha is ‘smell of the horse’ which refers to its ancient belief of supporting energy, endurance and strength.

      In the West, ashwagandha is known as an adaptogen which helps build resilience to stress. These benefits are thought to be attributed to bioactive compounds naturally present in ashwagandha called withanolides.

      As for taste, ashwagandha has a sweet, nutty, malty taste which adds a real comfort factor to our Inspired Collagyn. It is one of our favourites and you can also find organic ashwagandha in our Coffee + Collagen and Cacao + Collagen.

      Baobab

      Originating in Africa, the baobab tree produces a hard fruit with a shell like coconut which is full of nutritious pulp. Baobab is an exceptional unique fruit with the ability to naturally dehydrate while still on the branch.

      Requiring no heat or pasteurisation its properties remain intact meaning baobab powder is unusually nutrient dense, bursting with vitamin C (three times that of an orange) and nearly 50% fibre.

      Our organic baobab has a delicate slightly sweet and tangy flavour and adds a creamy texture to our Coffee + Collagen and Cacao + Collagen.

      Pink Himalayan Salt

      Protected from modern day pollution by snow and ice, Himalayan pink salt has been preserved in an untouched, pristine environment and is considered the purest salt on the earth.

      Whereas salt simply provides sodium, Himalayan salt contains a full set of electrolyte minerals (calcium, sodium, magnesium, potassium) and an impressive collection of 84 trace minerals and elements. The minerals in this salt exist in colloidal form, which means that they are small enough to be quickly and easily absorbed.

      You’ll find a flavour enhancing pinch of our pristine pink Himalayan salt in our Cacao + Collagen.

      Your Method

      Our delightfully healthy hot chocolate brew is gently restorative with targeted nutritional benefits and can be enjoyed any time of day.

      Mix 2 scoops (10g) of Cacao + Collagen with 150 to 200ml warmed milk or plant mylk or simply add to your daily smoothie. Alternatively mix with hot water for those following a fasting or ketogenic lifestyle strategy.

      Blend with 1 tsp of our True MCT oil for a next level ketogenic brew to help power you through the day. 

      Nutrition

       

      Energy

      Fat

      of which saturates

      monounsaturates

      polyunsaturates

      Carbohydrate

      of which sugar

      Fibre

      Protein

      Salt

      Per 100g 

      328kcal

      6.92g

      4.07g

      2.23g

      0.32g

      14g

      5.07g

      29.81g

      37.44g

      1.31g

      Per 10g serving 

      32.8kcal

      0.69g

      0.41g

      0.22g

      0.03g

      1.4g

      0.51g

      2.98g

      3.74g

      0.13g

      Ingredients

      Organic Raw Cacao*
      Organic Cocoa*
      Grass-fed Bovine Hydrolysed Collagen Peptides
      Organic Beetroot*
      Organic Cinnamon*
      Organic Carob*
      Organic Ashwagandha*
      Organic Baobab*
      Pink Himalayan Salt


      *All of the organic ingredients are certified by the Soil Association

      Not suitable for vegans or vegetarians

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      All orders placed before 12pm GMT Monday to Friday will be sent on the same day. Orders placed after this time, at weekends and bank holidays, will be sent out the following business day. 

      Orders will be delivered in our bespoke Ancient + Brave packaging. We consider environmental sustainability in every aspect of our packaging and choose recycled and recyclable whenever possible – because all packaging deserves a second chance. Our FSC grade boxes and tubs are sourced from materials that meet strict standards to protect forests, animals and the people who depend on them.

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      For all UK orders delivery is free. 
      Please allow 2 business days for delivery via our delivery partner Royal Mail Tracked.

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      For orders over £180, delivery is free.
      For orders under £180, delivery is £21. 
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      We are currently able to deliver to Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

      For orders over £250, delivery is free.
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      FAQs

      HOW DOES CACAO + COLLAGEN SUPPORT FASTING?

      Some people find that the last few hours of their fasting window, which is typically the first few hours of their day, tend to be the most challenging. This is where Cacao + Collagen comes in as it contains a natural source of caffeine to help kick start your morning, and hydrolysed collagen peptides (units of protein) for nutritional sustenance to help you extend your fast to the finish line. It contains botanical adaptogens which help build stress resilience offering up support during busy and demanding mornings. Adding a teaspoon of True MCT oil to Cacao + Collagen provides a source of fat that helps you feel fuller for longer and which cells can readily convert into energy and ketones.

      COULD ADDING MILK OR MYLK TO MY CACAO+COLLAGEN INTERFERE WITH MY FAST?

      Full fat, semi and skimmed cow’s milk all contain too many calories to keep you in fast. But if you use unsweetened plant mylk, avoid ones that come fortified with extra protein it shouldn’t make a big difference. As a general guideline, keep the total calories (of your brew + mylk) within the 50 kcal limit, so we recommend no more than 50mls of any milk providing the nutrition information states:

      Under 28 Kcal per 100ml

      Under 2.5g of total carbs per 100ml

      Under 2.5g sugar per 100ml

      Under 0.5g of protein per 100ml

      In a nutritional analysis comparison of lots of different brands and types of plant mylks we found that it’s Alpro’s fresh unsweetened: almond milk, cashew milk, coconut milk, coconut and almond milk plus Califa’s fresh almond milk that all fit these criteria.

      WHY DOES THE BRAVE METHOD RECOMMEND ADDING MCT INTO CACAO + COLLAGEN?

      By blending True MCT into either of our True Collagen blends you add another layer of fuel to your day. You gain all the nourishing benefits of the hydrolysed collagen with the fuel and ketogenic potential of MCT. In the case of the Cacao + Collagen it could be that when the caffeine wears off, the MCT oils may still have you covered.

      CAN YOU DRINK ANCIENT + BRAVE BLENDS EVEN WHEN YOU’RE NOT FASTING?

      Yes, they’re so delicious, why wouldn’t you want to keep drinking them! All our products can continue to be used throughout the day, even when you are out of fasting mode, as they deliver key nutrients. Cacao + Collagen contains botanical adaptogens which help build resilience to stress, so these products may be helpful when your to-do list is looking pretty stacked up. 

      IS THE CACAO + COLLAGEN SAFE FOR KIDS?

      Cacao naturally contains caffeine, so this is the first thing to consider when asking if the products are suitable for children. There is very little advice or official guidelines in the UK for the age at which it’s appropriate for children to start to drink caffeine, this tends to be down to the parent to decide. However, many children are very familiar with the natural levels of caffeine found in cacao from hot chocolate. Collagen is an important structural component of bones, connective tissue and skin required by the body during times of rapid growth and development. These products do also contain adaptogens which may not be suited to children of young ages. 

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