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White layer:

2 cups desiccated coconut

1/2 cup coconut butter (melted)

¼ cup coconut cream

2 tsp vanilla

2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

Pinch of salt

Purple Layer:

2 cups desiccated coconut

1/2 cup coconut butter (melted)

1/2 cup coconut cream

2 tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant powder

2 tsp vanilla

2 tablespoons maple syrup or honey

Pinch of salt

Desiccated coconut for sprinkling on top


For the white layer: In a blender whiz the coconut until it becomes a fine powder, you may have to stop and scrap down the sides and whiz again. Add the rest of the ingredients and blend until all combined.

Place the mixture into about an 8 inch slice tin lined with baking paper. Press down with the base of a cup (or something with a flat surface) to ensure it is firm and even into the tin. Set it aside in the freezer while you make the purple layer.

For the purple layer: Use the same directions as above just adding the purple layer ingredients (more coconut cream and Sujon’s Black currant powder).

Take the white layer out of the freezer and press the purple layer evenly over the top. Let it set in the freezer about 20-30 minutes and then take it out, cutting it into even squares. Keep it in an airtight container in the fridge.

Makes: approx 12-14 pieces, depending how big you want them!

Preparation: 30-35min

Setting time: 20-30min


Sujon Berryfruits Marketing Manager – Michelle Manson greets Prince Charles. The delicious blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate truffles shown on table ready to be served.

The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall (also known as Charles and Camilla) visited the Mahana winery on  Saturday 7th November. They came to experience a wide range of local Nelson produce that’s been christened “From Source to Serve”. This included dishes prepared by local chefs from local produce matched with local wines, craft beers and cider.

The Duchess of Cornwall is President of The United Kingdom Vineyards Association, so a visit to one of New Zealand’s premier wine regions is very fitting. Mahana was chosen as the venue not only for its spectacular views across the Nelson region, taking in mountains, sea and grape vines, but also because it is an organic, gravity-fed winery, which is of particular interest to The Prince of Wales.

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Mouth watering truffles with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants made by Chef Tony Robson-Burrell & delicious wines Blackenbrook and Seifried Estate.

Mahana Estates Chef Tony Robson-Burrell made some to-die-for truffles – a nutrition packed powerhouse of delicious Sujon blackcurrant and organic dark chocolate, which was sourced from and .

Keep an eye out as we will be posting on our blog soon this A-mazing Truffle recipe for you all to try 🙂


Truffles made with Sujon NZ Blackcurrants, fit for Royalty 😉







Photo Credit: Neil Smith from Chocolate Dog.

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Ergogenic aids are any external influences that enhance athletic performance or facilitate physical exercise.

Professor Mark Willems, pioneering research on New Zealand Blackcurrants.

Professor Mark Willems, pioneering research on New Zealand Blackcurrants.

Dr Mark Willems, Professor in Exercise Physiology at Chichester University, was sponsored by the Sujon team to present his blackcurrant-ergogenic research at the International Blackcurrant Conference in Europe in June this year.

“I recover faster and can train harder the next day” - Mika Vukona, NZ TALL BLACK on Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

“I recover faster and can train harder the next day” – Mika Vukona, NZ Tall Black on Sujon Blackcurrant Powder.

Sujon is the global pioneer into the use of blackcurrant for sport: we started our own research 8 years ago with Nelson-based Giants basketball team and basketball greats such as Mike Vukona who still use our powder as part of their training-nutrition regime. Prof Willems has used the Sujon powder in a wide range of research topics at his UK University base.

At the International Conference Prof Willems presented evidence that New Zealand-sourced blackcurrants speed up muscle recovery by reducing muscle damage and inflammation following bouts of high intensity exercises. Much of Professor Willem’s research focussed on cycling performance but the results are applicable to all sport (both event performance and training).

Sujon takes its leadership role in this area of blackcurrant sport ergogenics seriously: our commitment to each and every athlete (professional/amateur/”weekend-warrior”) is that the same Sujon Blackcurrant powder used by science research teams in Europe, Japan and Australasia, is the product available to you through our health and sport store retailers and also on our website

Expect more news on research results later this year: and enjoy Sujon being one of your most valuable ergogenic partners as you look to excel in your sporting code!

A copy of Prof Willems presentation is available for download here:


 Presentation: New Zealand Blackcurrant: A New Ergogenic Aid in Sport?

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DID YOU KNOW… that blueberries are still a superfood after baking?

Blueberries are rich in health-giving polyphenols, and the best way to eat them is when they are fresh or frozen. However some don’t like the taste of this fruit, and so cook them, put them in the juicer or eat them in a muffin.

But what happens to the level of polyphenols when you do? Juicing or canning the berries reduce their polyphenol levels by 20 per cent, but only around 10 per cent is lost when you bake them or eat them in a muffin. Researchers aren’t sure why, but they think the yeast acts as a stabilizing agent that protects the polyphenols.

So there you go, still a healthy berry fruit with loads of nutritional value even once its been baked into a tasty muffin 🙂

Blueberries - Still a superfood even after baking! - Another articleSource: Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, 2013; 131025155800004).

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The benefits are numerous, Chia seed one of the most powerful foods imaginable is said to increase brain power and body strength.

Another article - Chia an ancient Superfood RECIPEThe following recipe  makes approx. 2 litres and lasts a week. It’s used by Clifton boxers Nat Stuart and Dawn Dickey before and after training and they say it really helps with their energy levels and recovery.

RECIPE (So simple!)

1/2 cup Chia Seeds

3 cups water

6 Tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant Powder Supplement



Mix half a cup of Chia Seeds with 3 cups of water and leave in fridge to set, mix 6 Tablespoons Sujon Blackcurrant Powder with warm water to make a smooth paste and then mix paste with Chia seeds, keep in fridge. A nutritional feed when you need ;D

This is the final in this 3-part series. You can view Part 1, click here and Part 2, click here.

Another article - Some Anti-Cancer Advancements that Everyone Should Know About – Part 3Anti-cancer diet guidelines

Have as much organic raw food as possible. Juicing vegetables is a phenomenal way of getting lots of powerful enzymes and nutrients into your body without having to work hard at digesting it.

If you really want to go the whole hog, avoid dairy – switch to goat and sheep milk/cheese, and avoid gluten as well (see my note below on sugar).

Have fish and seafood as one part of your daily meal

Have lots of coconut oil and olive oil (latter is particularly powerful)

Dark chocolate: Eat the highest-percentage cacao chocolate every day. Cacao has been shown to annihilate cancer cells in lab tests. (I stocked up on organic Green and Black’s 85% that night!). Even better, find a sugar-free version. Cacao is also an antioxidant, reduces cholesterol, excellent for depression and powerful for reducing blood stickiness, which is aligned with cancer.

Avocados are fantastic, as are…

Olive and coconut oil

Tahini (check it isn’t combined with canola oil though)

Baked beans (no added salt, sugar)


Sweet potato (use instead of potato, also upregulates salvestrols)

Flax seeds are good for their Omega 3 content, but avoid the oil





Onion family

Green tea (can be bought in tablets), curcumin (superb anti-cancer), olive leaf, high-dose fish or krill oil, high-dose omega 3, cinnamon are also highly recommended supplements.

The biggie is sugar. Sugar feeds cancer.

Here’s something incredible. Otto Warburg discovered in the 1950s that the main biochemical cause of cancer, or the one thing that differentiates it from a normal cell, is oxygen. Normal cells need it, and cancer cells hate it.

Warburg also found that cancer metabolises through a process of fermentation, and in order to do so, requires sugar.

The metabolism of cancer is eight times greater than the metabolism of normal cells so is constantly requiring fuel to feed it. Want to starve your cancer? Insulin plays a critical role in cancer and in order to do so, you must stamp out sugar, including fruit and go easy on your grains too.

Otto was awarded the Nobel Prize for his discovery, so if we’ve known since the 1950s that sugar feeds cancer, why is not common knowledge, and why do we consume so much as a society? Why don’t we know this is a big part of the cancer equation? Does it make sense to have a high carbohydrate diet?

Okay, finally, foods you MUST avoid:

  •  Canola, sunflower, safflower, any polyunsaturated oils are carcinogenic. Check labels because they are in everything in NZ/Aus.
  •  If you are deep-frying, use coconut oil, as most other oils when heated to high temperatures convert to trans fats and are extremely damaging to the body.
  •  There’s nothing good about Bacon and sausages, because of the chemicals in these meats, and having them even once a week, increases cancer risk.
  • Recent news reports on a study has underlined this, stating that eating processed meat every day increases your cancer risk by 44%.

Statistics to think about:

Another article - Some Anti-Cancer Advancements that Everyone Should Know About – Part 3Exercise – super important for us ladies, it can reduce recurrence of breast cancer 60 per cent.

Did you know that eating cooked food suppresses your immune system for two hours?

Further to this, consuming the equivalent of two teaspoons of sugar knocks your immune system for FIVE hours!

ESSENTIAL viewing:

Food Matters, a powerful documentary that will open your eyes forever. Check it out on youtube.

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Things to avoid, particularly important for women’s health:

1. Alcohol. It increases your breast cancer risk and if you have any cancer of any kind, it is like pouring fuel onto the fire.

2. Parabens (PBAs). Us ladies are particularly vulnerable to these because they are littered in cosmetics and toiletries. They mimick oestrogens and are bad news. Switch to natural products instead. The fewer the chemicals, the better.

Avoid cooking/drinking/storing food in plastic and avoid cling film, even touching it transfers it to our skin.

Avoid cooking/drinking/storing food in plastic and avoid cling film, even touching it transfers it to our skin.

3. Heavy metals in the body. The biggest culprit is amalgam fillings in our teeth – ask yourself this: How could it have ever been deemed safe to have one of the most poisonous substances known to man in our body (nay, head!) for the majority of our lives? The other problem with this is that root canals and mercury fillings can set up a hotbed and ongoing source of toxicity and inflammation that drip-feeds into your system – and you may never know it unless you actually go looking for it.
Also, avoid commercial deodorants because they contain aluminium. Look for a natural one instead.

While on the subject of heavy metals, I recently had a toxicity analysis that revealed I had arsenic and aluminium issues. We know the deodorants are responsible for the aluminium – but agricultural pesticides and fertilisers are responsible for the arsenic. So if you think organic food like fruit and vegetables is a waste of time and money, think again as the nutrition make-up is completly different to the toxic combinations of agricultural pesticides, fungicides, herbicides and everything else that is sprayed onto our non-organic produce. Further to this, see my note on Salvestrols below.

4. Plastics leach chemicals and are particularly bad for women. Avoid cooking/drinking/storing food in plastic and avoid cling film, even touching it transfers it to our skin.

Salvestrols – a remarkable discovery

Visit to learn more about this amazing superfood.

Visit to learn more about this amazing superfood.

UK scientists recently discovered a new class of natural plant compounds called Salvestrols that were common in our food chain in times past in heritage plants, however have been eliminated by modern farming practices, genetic engineering, food processing practices and hybridisation of our plants.

The scientists who made the discovery analysed supermarket produce and found them absent or present only in very small amounts, but abundant in organic food.

To explain why Salvesterols are important in our diet, cancer cells produce a universal marker called CYP1B1, and when they interact with and metabolise Salvestrols, results in anti-cancer agents that suppress tumour growth by killing the cancer cells.

Their role in plants is to defend against pathogens, primarily fungi, where it destroys it via a similar role as its interaction with CYP1B1 in humans. In a nutshell, Salvestrols are nature’s anti-cancer warriors and daily consumption will assist in fighting off cancer cells, which are constantly present.

Interestingly, there are foods that increase the activity of Salvestrol and one of the best is blackcurrant. So Sujon consumers are onto a winner, because the Sujon Blackcurrant Powder supplement is rich in Vitamin C, Biotin and iron, which upregulates the activity of Salvestrols.

Further reading on the subject: ‘Linking Diet and Cancer: Salvestrols, Nature’s Defence Against Cancer’ by Brian A Schaefer.
Google Salvestrols, there are many distributors in the UK and NZ. Take capsules as a daily supplement. They’re finding they’re excellent for animals with cancer too.

… Watch out for Part 3 of this blog to follow, where we will discuss the Anti-Cancer Diet.

Other Relevant Posts:

Part 1 – Some Anti-Cancer Advancements that Everyone Should Know About

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