Sunday, January 15, 2006

Yanomamo Indians

The Yanomano Indians, who inhabit the tropical rain forests of northern Brazil and have little contact with modern cultures use no salt in their diet. Their major food is the plantain Musa paradisiaca, supplemented by game, fish, insects, and wild plants. Studies show that their average daily sodium excretion is about one mmol. Further, their blood pressure does not increase after the thirties but actually declines slightly. This supports the theory that sodium intake is a major variable influencing the aging of the cardiovascular system.
See also BUSHMEN OF THE KALAHARI DESERT; MASAI; NEW GUINEAN HIGHLANDERS; POLYNESIANS; SOLOMON ISLAND TRIBES; SOMALI CAMEL HERDSMEN; TARAHUMARA INDIANS.
Brocklehurst, J. C. Textbook of Geriatric Medicine and Gerontology. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1985.

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