• P-ISSN 0974-6846 E-ISSN 0974-5645

Indian Journal of Science and Technology


Indian Journal of Science and Technology

Year: 2018, Volume: 11, Issue: 43, Pages: 1-8

Original Article

Beneficial Effects of Passiflora edulis on Blood Pressure and Reduction of Oxidative Stress


Objective: To evaluated the effect of consuming P. edulis juice on blood pressure, activity of the Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE), and antioxidant capacity in hypertensive patients. Methods/Statistical Analysis: The study included two groups of patients, one received Passiflora. edulis (P. edulis) juice (2 g/day, in 2 ml) during four weeks and the other did not. To determine if differences exist among the results found for each group, parametric or non-parametric test were used. Findings: This intervention reduced systolic and diastolic pressure (142.4 to 125.2 mmHg and 79 to 76.1 mmHg, respectively) compared to the group not intervened (139.5 to 134.9 and 89.7 to 84.0 mmHg, respectively), (p < 0.05); in addition, higher anti oxidative capacity was found of the serum for the group intervened. Contrary to expectations, ACE increased in these patients. Application/Improvements: P. edulis juice diminished blood pressure and oxidative stress of patients who consumed it; however, the mechanisms through which both effects occur must be studied.

Keywords: Hemolysis, Hypertension, Passiflora edulis, Passion Fruit, Lipids, Oxidative Stress, TBARS


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