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Watermelon and Blood Pressure

Simply eating watermelons can be effective in naturally fighting off pre-hypertension and therefore, considerably lessening the risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Food scientists from Florida State University have discovered that consuming six grams of L-citrulline (contained in watermelon extract) for a period of six weeks helped normalize the blood pressure of all participants in the study, who were previously observed to have raised blood pressure.

The lead researcher of the group who conducted the new study, Dr. Arturo Figueroa, claimed that the team is the first to document the significant improvements in aortic hemodynamics in middle-aged men and women who have been diagnosed to be pre-hypertensive, but are otherwise healthy, and regularly receiving therapeutic watermelon doses.

Findings imply that the common watermelon, sometimes called a “functional food” possesses a vasodilatory effect. Dr. Figueroa further adds that watermelon consumption can actually keep pre-hypertension at bay, and prevent it from advancing into a full-blown case of hypertension.

This study was recently included in the American Journal of Hypertension.

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