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Curry spices lower hypertension in rats: research

Curry spices lower hypertension in rats: research

Photo: Sebastian Duda | shutterstock.com Indian medical researchers say they have successfully tested a blend of curry spices that will lower blood pressure in lab rats, raising hopes for a natural and affordable drug to treat the chronic disease. S. Thanikachalam, a cardiology expert who headed the research, said his team had tested a mixture of ginger, cardamom, cumin and pepper – common ingredients in Indian kitchens – along with white lotus petals and others on the rodents. "We saw tremendous positive changes in rats induced with high blood pressure during our laboratory experiments," said Thanikachalam, who heads the department of cardiology at Sri Ramachandra University in the southern city of Chennai. "The drug was very effective in reducing the blood pressure and bringing down oxidative stress in rats," he told AFP. The study said the spices were successful at redu...

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