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2005-10-11

Another weapon in the arsenal against high blood

Ah! Found another weapon in the arsenal in my battle against my borderline high blood pressure. It seems kefir fermented milk produced by 2 bacteria Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus SS1 and Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris FT4 contain angiotensin-I-converting-enzyme (ACE)-inhibitory peptides. (Production of Angiotensin-I-Converting-Enzyme-Inhibitory Peptides in Fermented Milks Started by Lactobacillus delbrueckii subsp. bulgaricus SS1 and Lactococcus lactis subsp. cremoris FT4).

The ACE inhibitors are drugs that inhibit the formation of angiotensin II and are used for blood pressure control and congestive heart failure. The ACE inhibitors include benazepril (brand name: Lotensin), captopril (brand name: Capoten), lisinopril (brand names: Zestril and Prinivil), quinapril (brand name: Accupril), and ramipril (brand name: Altace). (Definition of ACE (angiotensin converting enzyme))

The 2 bacteria are among the microflora of kefir. Typical microorganisms isolated from various water-kefir grains and water-kefir beverage. Fermented Foods: Kefir. By implications that by taking kefir, I PERHAPS MAY help control my blood pressure. Another feather in the cap for kefir.

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4 comments:

EnergyPaws.com said...

Hmmm... I wonder.. how is Kefir different from yogurt other than consistancy? And can I make my own Kefir? I make my own yogurt (for me and the dogs).. it's really easy.. I used to have a quart sized yogurt maker but now I make a 4 quarts at a time (yes A gallon of milk) and that lasts about a week.

I know that Kefir is also recommened for dogs for the bacteria. Wonder if I can make that too? (making yogurt is about 1/4 of the cost of buying it)

Peter said...

How is kefir different from yoghurt? It has a much varied microflora that can survive the passage through the stomach acid, it only need room temperature to culture, it contain yeast and is good for the female species for protection against candida (yeast) infection.

The Phoenix said...

How are those blood pressure medications "horrible?"

Peter said...

How are these medicine horrible? Well, for one, most medicine causes side effects Enviroman Says

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