According to research reported in the Journal of of the American Medical Association, that eating about 30 calories of dark chocolate a day has been related with lowering blood pressure without weight gain. Polyphenols which is found in Cocoa, the plant's antioxidant, are beneficial to our health. Study of nearly 50 adults showed that those who ate about 30 calories of dark chocolate lowered their blood pressure by about three points, even though chocolate contains high-sugar, fat and calorie, those far did not offset the chocolate's benefit. While it seems the the 3-point reduction in the blood pressure drop is a small percentage, the reduction actually can reduce the risk of stroke by as much as 8 percent and heart attack by 5 percent. So how much actually is 30 calories of dark chocolate. Hmmm... maybe just as big as a KISS. Why not visit your choc store to find out. Please dont forget to check next time our latest HEALTH Tips n Tricks only at cajidiocan.com .

Coffee as a Health Drink…why not.

According to a study by University of Scranton, Chemistry Prof. Joe Vinson, found out that coffee is a high source of antioxidants. Antioxidants in general have been linked to a number of potential health benefits, including protection against heart disease and cancer. Besides keeping one alert and awake due to caffeine content, coffee has been linked to an increasing number of potential health benefits, including protection against liver and colon cancer, type 2 diabetes, and Parkinson's disease. Recent studies have shown that caffeine acutely lowers insulin sensitivity. Coffee drinkers had significantly lower incidence of  Parkinson's disease than nondrinkers. Coffee gained top ranking on the basis of both antioxidants per serving and frequency of consumption. It even out ranked other popular antioxidant sources like milk, tea, chocolate and cranberries. People who smoke and are heavy drinkers have less heart disease and liver damage when they regularly consume large amounts of coffee compared to those who don't.  Fruit and vegetables have long been known to be a good source of antioxidants, but the new findings are surprising because it is the first time that coffee has been shown to be a rich source of antioxidant.
Dates, red grapes, pomegranates and other fruits are richer than coffee in antioxidants, in addition to providing fiber and other nutrients, but fruit consumption is not as much done in an individual normal life
Professor Joe Vinson of the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania warned, however, that the study did not prove that coffee was good for you because high levels of antioxidants in food did not necessarily translate into higher levels absorbed by the body.
Coffee may also raise cholesterol levels in some people and may contribute to artery clogging. But most recent studies show no significant adverse effects on most healthy people, although heart patients, pregnant women, and those at risk for osteoporosis may still be advised to limit or avoid coffee.


Some studies show that most HEART ATTACKS occur between 7:00 AM and 12:00 noon. It was pointed out possibly because the platelets - the cells that help blood to clot -  are the most stickiest then. Eating breakfast appears to make the platelets less sticky and less likely to clump together and block a vital artery.


Unusual Changes.  Signs that should be discussed with your doctor include unexplained and continued weight loss, unusual headaches, a sore that won't heal, a change in color and size of a mole, or a lump on the breast

Bleeding. Blood in urine, rectal bleeding, blood when you cough or vomit , can a be a sign of something simple (like hemorrhoid in rectal bleeding), but it can be a sign of a more serious problem in your health which could be a cancerous growth.

While it's our wishful thinking that those symptoms will just go away, early consultation with your doctor  or early detection of what could be a serious problem can save your LIFE.
Drinking fluids, water, can help prevent
kidney stones formation.
National Kidney Foundation suggests that you drink 
at least 8 to 10 glasses of fluids a day. As pointed out the
most common cause of kidney stone formation is dehydration. Taking in fluids is very important in hot weather condition or after an strenous exercise. You can tell if you are drinking enough if your urine color is clear or pale yellow.
If you were diagnosed with kidney stones before,  these step which might help you prevent it  from coming back.

* Cut back on salt consumption. Check the sodium content
           of the items you eat regularly, and limit junk food once in a while.
* Try to be a vegetarian at least twice a week.
* Avoid or limit taking extra vitamin C, D or
          calcium supplements if you have kidney stone history.


Kidney stones are formed when some substances become too concentrated in the urine and eventually block the flow of urine to the bladder. This can be very painful and generally starts in the back of the rib case and travels around the side or radiates to the groin. Other symptoms could be difficulty in urinating, bloody or cloudy urine, and sometimes vomiting and nausea.