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Do chillies lower blood pressure?

May 6, 2013 aboutbloodpressure lower blood pressure

“Curry could save your life,” reports the Daily Star. It said that “chilli-laden dishes such as vindaloo or phall might appear to cause the brave eater to tense up, but they make blood vessels relax”.This “lowers blood pressure, reducing the risk of deadly heart attacks”.

Contrary to the impression created by this news, the study in question only looked at the effects of capsaicin (the chemical that makes chillies hot) on the blood vessels of rats and mice, not humans. No investigation was made of humans eating chillies and their risk of high blood pressure, heart disease or death.

There has been some research into the medical properties of capsaicin in humans, including whether it can be used as a pain-relieving ingredient for use on the skin. Studies in humans will be needed before we can say whether long-term ingestion of capsaicin reduces blood pressure in humans. Until then, people with high blood pressure should not try substituting their blood pressure medication with a diet high in chillies.

Where did the story come from?

The study was carried out by researchers from the Chongqing Institute of Hypertension and other research institutions in China and Germany. It was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China, the National Basic Research Program of China, HKGRF, CUHK and the Ministry of Education in China. The study was published in the peer-reviewed scientific journal: Cell Metabolism.

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