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04 August 2010

Chilli helps with blood pressure

For those with high blood pressure, chilli peppers might be just what the doctor ordered.

For those with high blood pressure, chilli peppers might be just what the doctor ordered, according to a study reported in Cell Metabolism. While the active ingredient that gives the peppers their heat - a compound known as capsaicin - might set your mouth on fire, it also leads blood vessels to relax, the research in hypertensive rats shows.

First long-term study

 
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