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Scientists have reportedly discovered a new way of lower blood pressure and it comes from beneath the sea in the form of a rare seaweed. Reports suggest that the seaweed was discovered in South Korea by some local fishermen and that the make-up of the plant could have a huge number of health benefits.

The idea, in essence, is to get people to live longer through the new proteins discovered in the seaweed. While it may not be the elixir to extend life dramatically, it could still add years to people's lives, especially those whose blood pressure levels remain alarmingly high.

Seaweed has long been known to have high levels of positive health benefits, but scientists have not found a living plant that when ingested could return blood pressure to previously normal levels. The discovery could do wonders for the growing levels of those suffering from high blood pressure in the U.S. and elsewhere.

The pressure is on researchers to get to the bottom of the seaweed, quite literally, in isolating the proteins necessary to reduce blood pressure levels. According to Dr. Haengwoo Lee, the biochemist leading the multibillion dollar project that is expected to take a decade and a half, the plant chemical Seanol works at the most minute level.

"Seanol works at the cellular level, slowing down the main causes of aging and disease," he said, adding that this can help prevent the starvation of good cells that die in our later years. He also hopes that through the marketization of Seanol, it can help to be a toxin reducer, even remover, from internal systems that need it in the human body.

Leading the charge is Marine Essentials, a research company that hopes the research Lee and his team are doing can help to create a new vitamin supplement they are dubbing Marine D3.

The medical world has yet to fully comment on the new findings and is likely to be watching closely for what could be an addition to medicine in helping to lower blood pressure levels that are becoming increasingly stressed as a result of living conditions, eating and drinking habits of people across the globe.

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