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Egg whites may help you manage blood pressure

April 16, 2013

When you think of lowering blood pressure, eggs may not be the first food that comes to mind. However, new findings suggest that protein from egg whites may actually help keep your blood pressure at healthy levels, according to researchers from Clemson University.

The study in question, which was recently presented at the National Meeting & Exposition of the American Chemical Society, focused primarily on a compound known as RVPSL, which is commonly found in egg whites. Researchers determined that this compound helps block the production of a certain enzyme that raises blood pressure. Plus, when combined with medication, it can offer one of the most effective means of treating hypertension.

"Our results support and enhance previous findings on this topic," said study author Dr. Zhipeng Yu. "They were promising enough to move ahead with further research on the effects of the egg white peptide on human health."

While researchers concede that more studies need to be done to confirm the benefits of egg whites, the results could have a significant impact on healthy aging. Until there are further studies, however, there are a number of steps that you can take to manage your blood pressure during retirement. 

Aside from medication, small changes to your lifestyle can pay large dividends. Experts from the University of Maryland Medical Center point to exercise as one of the best options. Regular physical activity is particularly effective in helping to manage blood pressure because it stimulates the production of nitric oxide, which helps keep blood vessels open and avoid the buildup of plaques that can cause a host of cardiovascular issues.