Chicken Soup for the Heart

by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN Health Professional

I read some interesting research lately that I want to share related to chicken and blood pressure.

We know that blood pressure is a significant risk fact for heart disease and stroke.
It's estimated that around 1 billion people worldwide live with high blood pressure.
Being able to control high blood pressure through food selection is very important.

The collagen in chicken is being researched for use as a blood pressure medication, with actions similar to ACE inhibitors (i.e. lisinopril).
Japanese studies have found 4 proteins in the chicken that contain collagen with actions similar to the blood pressure medication when tested in rats.

Chicken legs and feet contain more collagen that chicken breast meat.
FYI - The legs and feet are the yellow part of a chicken leg with a nail on the end.
A "chicken collagen hydrolysate" was prepared in the study and fed to rats and the effects on blood pressure where examined.
The rats showed a drop in blood pressure 4 hours after receive the mixture orally, with the lowest blood pressure reading after 8 hours. Long term studies showed improved blood pressure after one week of treatment, with a significant reduction after 2 weeks.

The study states that the "chicken collagen hydrolysate" mixture used in the study is composed of foods that can be easily added to a typical daily diet.
For individuals with high blood pressure, increasing intake of these foods will promote a normal blood pressure.
What I want to know - who is going to eat a chicken leg/foot?
How do the researchers think this will become a normal part of the diet?
My question wasn't answered in the study results.
I'm thinking it'll be made into a food additive that will allow certain foods to be marketed as "functional" for blood pressure reduction, but we'll have to wait and see.

The title of this post was only used to catch your attention.
I'm not recommending you eat more chicken soup to lower your blood pressure.
Way too much sodium added to soup for it to be beneficial

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Lisa Nelson, RD, LN
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Lisa Nelson, RD, LN

Lisa Nelson RD, a registered dietitian since 1999, provides step-by-step guidance to lower cholesterol and lower blood pressure, so you can live life and enjoy your family for years to come. Lisa's passion for health comes from her own family history of heart disease, so she doesn't dispense trendy treatments; Lisa practices what she teaches in her own daily life. Because her own health is the foundation of her expertise, you can trust that Lisa will make it truly possible for you to see dramatic changes in your health, without unrealistic fads or impossibly difficult techniques.