Saturday December 14, 2019

ICAR-CMFRI Develops Dietary Supplements from Seaweeds to Combat Hypertension

The extract contains 100 per cent natural marine bioactive ingredients from selected seaweeds

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The city-headquartered Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Tuesday came out with a nutraceutical product. Pixabay

The city-headquartered Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Tuesday came out with a nutraceutical product, developed from seaweeds, to combat hypertension.

The sixth in the series of the CMFRI’s nutraceutical products, Cadalmin Antihypertensive extract (Cadalmin AHe) was developed from seaweeds, commonly available in the Indian coastal waters and known for their extraordinary medicinal properties.

Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR) Director General Trilochan Mohapatra released Cadalmin AHe, which was developed from bioactive pharmacophore leads from seaweeds, and can be administered orally to regulate hypertension.

“The extract contains 100 per cent natural marine bioactive ingredients from selected seaweeds by a patented technology, and would be made available in 400 mg capsules. This nutraceutical does not have any side effects as established by detailed preclinical trials,” said Kajal Chakraborty, Senior Scientist at the CMFRI who developed the product.

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The city-headquartered Central Marine Fisheries Research Institute (CMFRI) on Tuesday came out with a nutraceutical product, developed from seaweeds. Pixabay

ICAR-CMFRI Director A. Gopalakrishnan said that entrepreneurs and start-ups are welcome to upscale and market this product by an expression of interest with the CMFRI.

“The institute is in the process of developing more health products from the underutilized seaweeds. Efforts are on for standardizing and promoting seaweed farming all along the Indian coasts as a livelihood option for the coastal communities. This is expected to compensate for the dip in income for the fishermen during lean seasons,” he said.

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The institute has already developed and commercialised natural products for diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, cholesterol and hypothyroidism. (IANS)

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High Fibre Diet Can Cut The Risk of Diabetes, Hypertension: Study

The researchers found a high fibre diet is inversely related to cardiovascular risk factors and plays a protective role against cardiovascular disease

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According to guidelines from the National Institute of Nutrition and the Indian Council of Medical Research, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for Fibre Diet is 40gm/2000kcal. Pixabay

Indian researchers have found that patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes who consumed a high Fibre diet witnessed an improvement in their blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting glucose.

For the study, the research team from Care Well Heart and Super Specialty Hospital in Amritsar, investigated the relationship between a high fibre diet and its impact on cardiovascular disease risk factors.

“Comprehensive evaluation of etiological effects of dietary factors on cardiometabolic outcomes, their quantitative effects and corresponding optimal intakes are well-established,” said the study’s lead author Rohit Kapoor.

According to guidelines from the National Institute of Nutrition and the Indian Council of Medical Research, the recommended dietary allowance (RDA) for dietary fibre is 40gm/2000kcal.

Patients in this study had Type 2 diabetes and a calorie intake of 1,200-1,500kcal, causing their RDA for fibre to be 24-30gm.

The fibre intake of these patients was increased up to 20 to 25 per cent from the recommended allowances for them to be consuming a high fibre diet.

The study tracked 200 participants’ fibre intake for six months and included check-ups at the start of the study, three months and six months.

Participants were provided with diet prescriptions, which included detailed lists of different food groups with portion sizes in regional languages.

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Indian researchers have found that patients with hypertension and Type 2 diabetes who consumed a high Fibre Diet witnessed an improvement in their blood pressure, cholesterol and fasting glucose. Pixabay

The researchers tracked participants’ fibre intake several ways, including having patients send photos of their meals on WhatsApp, which not only helped in knowing their fibre intake but also helped approximate portion sizes, and telephone calls three times a week during which detailed dietary recall was taken.

Participants on a high fibre diet experienced significant improvement in several cardiovascular risk factors, including a nine per cent reduction in serum cholesterol, 23 per cent reduction in triglycerides, 15 per cent reduction of systolic blood pressure and a 28 per cent reduction of fasting glucose.

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The researchers found a high fibre diet is inversely related to cardiovascular risk factors and plays a protective role against cardiovascular disease. (IANS)