A watermelon a day…

A watermelon a day…

Could keep BP away

Summer is here, so are watermelons. And it’s important to eat them every day as a new research has found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.

“The pressure on the aorta (largest artery in the human body) and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract,” said Arturo Figueroa, an associate professor at Florida State University.

The study focused on 13 middle-aged, obese men and women who also suffered from high blood pressure.

Meanwhile, the group was divided into two. For the first six weeks, one group was given four grams of the amino acid L-citrulline and two grams of L-arginine per day, both from watermelon extract. The other group was given a placebo for six weeks. Participants also had to refrain from taking any medication for blood pressure or making any significant changes in their lifestyle, particularly related to diet and exercise.

“That means less overload on the heart, so works easily in a stressful situation such as cold exposure,” Figueroa said in a paper published in the American Journal of Hypertension. IANS



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