Cocoa powder and coffee is an incredible combination because you get your jolt of caffeine with the sweetness of chocolate. Basically you’re creating a mocha concoction. Add about one teaspoon of ground cocoa to the bottom of your cup before brewing, or purchase cocoa beans and grind them with your go-to coffee beans to create your own specialized grounds.
Cocoa flavanols help lower blood pressure, increase blood vessel function, and thus, may help you fight off age-related cardiovascular diseases, according to a study from University Hospital Düsseldorf. Research published in the journal Circulation also found cocoa to have anti-inflammatory benefits, which have a beneficial effect on insulin resistance, and blood platelet function.
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