Study Finds Shrimp-Derived Protein Hydrolysate May Help Improve Blood Pressure
Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a condition in which the long-term force of the blood against your artery walls is high enough that it may eventually cause health problems, such as heart disease. A new study suggests that supplementation with protein hydrolysate from Coldwater shrimp may help improve blood pressure in people with hypertension.
Participants in the study included 125 adults with mild to moderate hypertension. Half of the participants received 1,200 mg daily of shrimp-derived protein hydrolysate and the other half received a placebo. Diastolic blood pressure and systolic blood pressure were evaluated at baseline, week 2, week 4, and week 8.
Participants in the supplement group saw significant improvements in diastolic and systolic blood pressure at the end of the study, compared to those in the placebo group. The number of participants in the supplement group classified as normal or prehypertensive went from 10% at baseline to 57% at the end of the study. In comparison, the number of participants in the supplement group classified as normal or prehypertensive went from 7% at baseline to 35% at the end of the study.
The study was conducted by researchers from Intertek Scientific & Regulatory Consultancy. It was published online ahead of print on August 5, 2019 in the International Journal of Hypertension.