Peas Fight Kidney Disease, High Blood Pressure

Could be used as food additive or supplement
By Sarah Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 23, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
Robine Whetham, a registered nurse, teaches Hilda Fobbs how to check her blood pressure at home on Sept. 27, 2008, in Upper Marlboro, Md.   (Feature Photo Service)
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(Newser) – Concentrated doses of the proteins found in garden peas can help fight high blood pressure and chronic kidney disease, a study finds. “In people with high blood pressure, our protein could potentially delay or prevent the onset of kidney damage,” the study’s author tells the Telegraph. For patients with kidney disease, the extract—called pea protein hydrolysate—could keep blood pressure under control, he added.

“This is significant because a majority of CKD patients actually die from cardiovascular complications that arise from the high blood pressure associated with kidney malfunction,” Dr. Rotimi Aluko said.