Acai (Euterpe oleracea) seeds, which have been reported to be rich in polyphenols with antihypertensive and antioxidant properties, also have potential in treating and preventing renal hypertension. A study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food has found that acai seeds’ antihypertensive and antioxidant properties make a great natural agent for preventing and treating renal hypertension.
- Researchers assessed the renal protective effects of acai seed extracts on mice with renal hypertension.
- They gave mice either 250 milligrams per kilogram (mg/kg) of acai seed extract daily or a placebo for 40 days.
- Then, they measured serum and urinary parameters, renal structural changes, and oxidative status.
- The treatment of acai seed extract prevented the increase of systolic blood pressure, glomerular volume, and collagen deposition.
- It also improved the levels of urea and creatinine and urinary protein excretion, which were increased due to renal hypertension.
- Moreover, it prevented increased oxidative damage and restored nitrite content and the expression and activity of antioxidant enzymes.
- In addition, the treatment significantly reduced renal injury and prevented renal dysfunction.
The findings of the study suggested that acai seed extract can help treat and prevent renal hypertension and its symptoms.