Egg whites could lower blood pressure in the same way as medication, new research has found.
key component found in the whites was found to have the same blood
pressure lowering properties as Captopril, a high blood-pressure drug.
Zhipeng Yu, who led the research at China's Jilin University, (sorry I cannot link to proper page!) said:
'Our research suggests that there may be another reason to call it 'the
incredible, edible egg. We have evidence from the laboratory
that a substance in egg white - it's a peptide, one of the building
blocks of proteins - reduces blood pressure about as much as a low dose
of Captopril, a high-blood-pressure drug.'Dr Yu and his colleagues studied a peptide found in egg white called RVPSL. This has a powerful ability to inhibit or block the action of ACE, a substance produced in the body that raises blood pressure. Experiments with rats showed RVPSL had no toxic effects and lowered the blood pressure.
The findings were presented to the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society (ACS) in New Orleans.
Dr Yu said: 'Our results support and enhance previous findings on this topic. They were promising enough to move ahead with further research on the effects of the egg white peptide on human health.'
Source - Daily Mail