This 'superfood' can relax your arteries, lower blood pressure - Business Standard

  • 6 January 2019

Suffering from Take heart, Italian researchers have identified Spirulina, a "superfood" made from algae, that could help to reduce

The superfood, described as the "most complete in the world", contains a specific protein which was found to relax arteries in the laboratory and in animals, reported.

Spirulina, scientifically called arthrospira platensis, is technically a type of

Researchers at the in Pozzilli, Italy, isolated certain molecules from the to test its health benefits.

They simulated the effects of digesting on isolated arteries and animals in the lab.

"We reproduced what happens in the human gut after ingesting the substance," was quoted as saying.

"This way we have been able to isolate the peptides that would be absorbed by our body," he added.

The study, detailed in the journal Hypertension, also discovered for the first time a molecules in spirulina, called SP6, which lowered the of animals.

When put into the body SP6 is thought to stimulate a process in the body which releases nitric oxide.

The triggered relaxation of the artery, a process called vasodilatory action, which can help lower by increasing the amount of blood pumped in one motion.

This is an effect caused by nitric oxide, a known for maintaining healthy blood pressure, the researchers reported.

Spirulina contains protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, and many other minerals and is widely used in supplements and smoothies for a host of conditions including weight loss, hay fever, PMS and

Though more research is needed into the potential of spirulina, but the findings are promising for the future of "natural" treatments for high blood pressure, the researchers noted.



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