Eat Watermelon To Lower Hypertension

According to the findings made by food scientists at the University of Florida, watermelon reduces blood pressure due to certain nutrients naturally occurring in this summer staple. L-citrulline/L-arginine amino acids found in and extracted from watermelon were seen to reduce blood pressure of all nine people who participated in the study.

watermelonFor the 5 menopausal women and four men, during the 6 weeks of testing, it was seen that functioning of the arteries improved and aortic blood pressure was reduced.

Each of the study subjects had a condition called pre hypertension, which is what ultimately leads to cardiovascular disease, which is the leading cause of death worldwide; but most particularly in the United States.

According to FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa, this functional food (watermelon extract) had a vasodilatory effect, resulting in arresting the pre hypertension and preventing it from becoming full blown hypertention.

L-citrulline is used by the body and is converted into L-arginine, which is the chemical needed by the body to keep blood pressure at a healthy level and watermelon is the best and richest source of L-citrulline. Consuming this watermelon extract will not only improve blood pressure it also will not cause any side effects.