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NEWS: Around the Arctic May 16, 2012 - 7:30 am

High blood pressure? Then eat northern shrimp,  new research suggests

“A revolutionary natural ingredient to help people maintain a healthy blood pressure"

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Eating northern shrimp may not just be tasty, but good for you, says the Norwegian research institute Nofima. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAA)
Eating northern shrimp may not just be tasty, but good for you, says the Norwegian research institute Nofima. (PHOTO COURTESY OF NOAA)

A new study from the Norwegian research institute Nofima suggests a concentrate from Arctic coldwater shrimp may be “a revolutionary natural ingredient to help people maintain a healthy blood pressure.”

The shrimp concentrate can be used as a dietary supplement or food ingredient to lower blood pressure, says a news release from Tromsø-based Nofima, Europe’s largest institute for applied research within the fields of fisheries, aquaculture and food.

“The all-natural supplement could help millions of individuals improve their overall cardio-vascular health without using prescription drugs,” the company said in a May 16 news release.

The Norwegian marine biotechnology company Marealis AS is currently conducting a clinical trial to document a shrimp concentrate’s effect in humans as a blood pressure- lowering dietary supplement.

According to the Qanuippitali health survey, more than one in three people who participated in the 2007 Nunavut Inuit health survey suffer from either high blood pressure or pre-hypertension, which are associated with elevated risks for heart disease and stroke.

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