Do you suffer from hypertension? Well, worry not. Italian scientists have identified a superfood called Spirulina which is made from algae and has abilities that can help lower blood pressure. As of now, Spirulina has been termed as the “most complete food source in the world”, and contains a protein that was found to relax the arteries in animals that it was tested on. Also known as arthrospira platensis, Spirulina is technically a type of bacteria.
“We reproduced what happens in the human gut after ingesting the substance,” lead author Albino Carrizzo was quoted as saying. “This way we have been able to isolate the peptides that would be absorbed by our body,” he added. After conducting their research, they found that Spirulina contains molecules called SP6 which helped lower the blood pressure levels in animals.
SP6 can stimulate the production of nitric oxide in the body which is naturally known for reducing blood pressure levels. Apart from this, Spirulina also contains protein, iron, potassium, magnesium, minerals and is also widely used in supplements and smoothies as it can help with things like weight loss, hay fever, PMS and diabetes. Well, this certainly looks promising for the future of blood pressure control. Stay tuned for more updates.