Scientists at the Florida State University (FSU) say watermelon is an effective treatment for high blood pressure. This because the amino acids you find in them help to lower blood pressure. But that's not all they do. They also helps repair the damage high blood pressure does to your arteries. And in doing so, watermelon improves the overall health of your heart and lowers your risk of heart attack and stroke!
Watermelon helps your body produce nitric oxide; your natural blood pressure medication
Your body is able to produce its own blood pressure
medication. But it needs a little help to do so. And this is exactly what the amino acids in watermelon do. So instead of taking medications for your blood pressure, you can encourage your body to make its own!
"Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure," explains FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa.
But why can’t you just take the amino acid by itself to lower your blood pressure?
Because it causes other acute health problems to crop up. While it lower your blood pressure, you’ll suffer from stomach cramps, nausea and diarrhoea. So it’s best to get it straight from a delicious source of food instead. And that’s where watermelon comes in.
But you don’t have to struggle to get your hands on the fruit when it’s not in season. You can take a supplement too.
Watermelon extract is widely available in supplement form in leading pharmacies. And Prof. Figueroa says you only need about 6mg a day.
Study provides exceptional results on lowering blood pressure with watermelon extract
And the extract works just as well as the actual fruit does, if not better!
After participants took 6mg of watermelon extract a day for six weeks the conclusion showed exceptional results. There was a massive 15mmHg drop in their systolic blood pressure
, and a 7.9mmHg drop in their diastolic values. Researchers said in some of these cases this was enough to bring blood pressure back into normal ranges!
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