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Chili Peppers Could Lower Your Blood Pressure

Posted on Aug 26, 2010 in Health Optimization

by Dave Thier Chomping down on a habanero may have more subtle benefits than bragging rights. According to a new study, capsaicin, the compound that makes hot peppers spicy, may also lower your blood pressure. The study, published in this month’s Cell Metabolism journal, found that long-term consumption of capsaicin relaxed blood vessels in genetically hypertensive rats. Researcher Zhiming Zhu of the Third Military Medical University in Chongqing, China, noticed that population studies with humans suggest a similar phenomenon: Hypertension rates are only 10 to 14 percent in his native...

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