Washington: Chili peppers might just be the solution for those with high blood pressure, according to a study. The research in hypertensive rats has shown that while the active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat—a compound known as capsaicin—might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax.
The findings in rats should be confirmed in humans through epidemiological analysis, the researchers said. It isn’t yet clear just how many capsaicin-containing chili peppers a day you’d have to eat to "keep the doctor away," although that’s a question that should now be examined in greater detail, Zhu says. For those who can’t tolerate spicy foods, there might still be hope. The study has been reported in the August issue of Cell Metabolism, a Cell Press publication. ANI
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