Drink Cocoa to regulate Blood Pressure

According to a previous study, about 1-in-3 American adults have high blood pressure.

Interesting, not so for the  Kuna Indians who live on a group of islands off the Caribbean coast of Panama. Even at 60 years old or older, the average blood pressure for Kuna Indian islanders is a good 110/70.

If you think it’s because the Kuna Indians eat less salt. Well, they consumed as much, if not more salt, than the Americans.

Harvard researchers found that they ftake around 5 cups of cocoa every day. According to the study,  flavonols that are present in cocoa will  stimulate one’s body production of nitric oxide. This means, increase blood flow to your heart, brain and other organs. Interestingly, one study reported that cocoa will thin your blood just as well as low-dose aspirin!

Additional Reading
Healthy Urban Kitchen Cookbook by Antonia Valladores and Jamie Larose

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