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Protein in egg white lowers blood pressure

Here is another reason why you should include eggs in your diet! Egg white protein can lower your blood pressure as effectively as low doses of medication, according to a study.

health and fitness Updated: Apr 11, 2013 00:35 IST

Here is another reason why you should include eggs in your diet! Egg white protein can lower your blood pressure as effectively as low doses of medication, according to a study.

“We have evidence from the laboratory that a substance in egg white — peptide — reduces blood pressure about as much as a low dose of Captopril, a high-blood-pressure drug,” said study leader Zhipeng Yu of Jilin University.

Yu and colleagues from Clemson University, studied a peptide called RVPSL. Scientists previously discovered that the substance, like the family of medications that includes Captopril, Vasotec and Monopril, was an angiotensin-converting-enzyme (ACE) inhibitor.

It has a powerful ability to inhibit or block the action of ACE, a substance produced in the body that raises blood pressure. They set out to further document RVPSL’s effects, using laboratory rats that develop high blood pressure and are stand-ins for humans in early research on hypertension.