Roruekela,08/02/19:One of the research scholar of NIT, Rourkela, Moumita Sahoo, Bhaskar Das, Archana Sundarary and physician Sanghamitra Satpathi have worked on the project with Professor. Jayabalan. They researched a cocktail of green tea, soy protein and bacteria extracted from cure may help combat high blood pressure and cholesterol. The curd bacteria can reduce cholesterol levels and suppress a key enzyme that drives blood pressure. But they are yet to validate the finding through animal studies. Prof. Rasu Jayabalan of Life Science department of NITR said we are trying to identify the most promising among probiotics or health friendly bacteria which could substitute for statins. Usually probitotics are naturally occurring microorganism such as certain gut bacteria including Lactobacillus acidophilus, long known to have beneficial effects on the digestive system. Medical researcher across the globe have also been exploring probiotics role in fortifying the immune system, fighting and correcting the adverse effects antibiotics. This team has decided to create a single ‘Nutritional packed functional food’ that would combine the benefits from probiotics curd and anti-oxidants from green tea and protein subunits from soy. Their findings have been published in journal, Food Chemistry. The researchers from NIT have also shown that the soy fortified green tea curd serve an effective carrier to probiotics in sufficient amounts and stored at 4 degree Celsius. But on 21st day, their studies show , there was a six fold drop in the probiotic content of the product. Hence, Jayabalan’s team is all hopeful that natural products along with healthy balance diet will eliminate or at least reduce the need for medical therapy.