Watermelon Brings Down Blood Pressure

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Watermelon is widely appreciated by everyone in summers for its crunchy and thirst quenching features. But, now it is also proved that watermelon brings down blood pressure. Yes, according to a recent pilot study led at The Florida State University by qualified food scientists, watermelon can be used to control blood pressure levels.


The study, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, suggested that watermelon can be used as an effective natural medicine against a type of cardiovascular disease better known as prehypertension. The study organized by FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. They actually wanted to sum up various health benefits of watermelon through their research. But, during the study, it was found that watermelon can lowers blood pressure when taken regularly for at least six weeks. This would be effective for both men and women aged 51 years to 57 years.


The assistant professor Figueroa said, “The Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to regulate blood pressure.


We cannot consume L-arginine in the form of supplement as it might result in various problems like gastrointestinal tract discomfort, nausea and diarrhea. But, consuming watermen with L-arginine can never caused similar health problems. Therefore, watermelon is suggested to be the safest sources of L-arginine, which can control blood pressure.


He added, "We are the first to document improved aortic hemodynamics in prehypertensive but otherwise healthy middle-aged men and women receiving therapeutic doses of watermelon.”


The study further stated that watermelon is a kind of functional food that has vasodilatory effect. Vasodilatory effect can help in preventing pre-hypertension which is considered to be one of the major reasons behind strokes and heart attacks.


While talking about the conclusion of the study, Figueroa further said, "Given the encouraging evidence generated by this preliminary study, we hope to continue the research and include a much larger group of participants in the next round.”


In addition to all these benefits, watermelon is also a natural source of some of the most powerful natural antioxidants. It is also rich vitamin A, B6, and C, fibre, potassium and lycopene.


Basically, apart from various other health benefits, watermelon brings down blood pressure too. So, use it regularly to cure half of your health problems.


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