No matter how you slice it, watermelon has a lot going for it — sweet, low calorie, high fiber, nutrient rich — and now, there's more.
Be sure to pick up a watermelon or two at your local grocery store.
It could save your life.
A new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.
The pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract, Figueroa said.
The study started with a simple concept. More people die of heart attacks in cold weather because the stress of the cold temperatures causes blood pressure to increase and the heart has to work harder to pump blood into the aorta. That often leads to less blood flow to the heart.
Thus, people with obesity and high blood pressure face a higher risk for stroke or heart attack when exposed to the cold either during the winter or in rooms with low …
Enjoying as little as three slices daily can stop prehypertension from ever turning into full-blown high blood pressure. The reason: Watermelon is the richest natural source of L-citrulline — an amino acid that kick-starts your body’s production of a powerful artery-relaxing nitric oxide.
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