Study: New Genetically Modified Rice May Help People Lower Blood Pressure

According tomedia reports, I believe you have heard of genetically modified rice can be drought-resistant and rich in antioxidants. Now, a new approach has the potential to save the lives of people with high blood pressure. Hypertension is the leading cause of heart disease and stroke and is usually treated with ACE inhibitors. These drugs target angiotensin-converting enzyme in the patient’s hormone system, which causes blood vessels to contract and then induce high blood pressure.

Unfortunately, however, these drugs can have side effects such as kidney damage, rashes, headaches and dry coughs.

Plants such as fish, meat, eggs, milk and some plants contain natural acetic acid-suppressing peptides (amino acids) with fewer side effects. However, according to scientists at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, isolating large quantities of peptides from food is a time-consuming and expensive process. Instead, the researchers created a gene consisting of nine ACE inhibitors and one vascular relaxation peptide, which are connected together. When this gene was introduced into rice plants, high levels of peptides were found in genetically modified rice.

Study: New Genetically Modified Rice May Help People Lower Blood Pressure

The blood pressure of the mice with high blood pressure dropped significantly two hours after receiving the peptide extracted from the rice. In contrast, the control group that received common rice protein did not.

In addition, blood pressure dropped in mice that received flour made from genetically modified rice — through gastric injections. The efficacy has not seen significant side effects since the end of treatment one week later.

Scientists believe that if the body can have a similar response, a 150-pound (68-kilogram) adult can treat and prevent high blood pressure by eating less than half a tablespoon of rice a day.