Peas Could Be Your New Best Friend
New research from Canada found that proteins in the common garden pea may provide a natural remedy against high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease (CKD).
The pea protein could be used as a natural food product such as an additive or dietary supplement to help the millions of people worldwide that suffer from these conditions, suggested the researchers.
This time, the research comes from Canada and focuses on conditions that affect literally millions of people world wide. We already know that peas provide us with protein, various vitamins, dietary fiber and are low-fat and cholesterol free.
The new research focuses on the yellow garden pea, a mainstay pea variety enjoyed as a veggie side-dish and used as an ingredient in dozens of recipes around the world.
High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a major risk factor for CKD, a condition that has been affecting an increasing number of people in the United States and other countries. Estimates suggest that 13 percent of American adults — about 26 million people — have chronic kidney disease, up from 10 percent, or about 20 million people, in the 1990s.
Dr. Rotimi Aluko who is a food chemist at the University of Manitoba, will present his research results in this (peas) area.
The study is the first reporting that a natural food product can relieve symptoms of CKD, the scientists say.
"In people with high blood pressure, our protein could potentially delay or prevent the onset of kidney damage," says study presenter Rotimi Aluko, Ph.D. [...] "In people who already have kidney disease, our protein may help them maintain normal blood pressure levels so they can live longer."
A colleague and research partner of Dr. Aluko is Dr. Harold Aukema. Together, they worked on this valuable research, which may soon be available to the public.
They extracted pea protein hydrolysate from the yellow garden pea and fed a small dose each day to laboratory rats bred to have a severe type of kidney disease called polycystic kidney disease.
After 8 weeks the rats on the pea protein diet showed a 20 per cent drop in blood pressure compared to diseased rats that had only been fed on a normal diet.
However, eating peas as a part of your diet, will not do the trick. It's the extracted protein in the peas activated with special enzymes, that is needed. After successful human trials, people could possibly take it in the form of a pill or soluble powder added to drinks or food.
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