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Watermelon Pill 'lowers blood pressure and could prevent strokes'

"A dose of watermelon a day could help keep high blood pressure at bay. Researchers have discovered that the fruit is rich in compounds that widen blood vessels - and may cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And a daily fix of its juices could be enough to lower blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension, according to a study."

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Want the Viagra effect without taking a pill? Try eating a watermelon

4th July 2008

"Eating fresh watermelon could help men pep up their love lives, scientists said yesterday. Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra."

"Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body's enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems."

'Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," - Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M University's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre.

"Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects."

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The Cures From Paradise

20th March 2012

Originating in tropical Africa where it grows wild, the watermelon is related to the cantaloupe, squash, pumpkin and other plants which grow on vines on the ground.

Watermelons are an excellent source of potassium and vitamin C and have lots of other benefits making them one of the healthiest fruits around. They contain a high concentration of beta-carotenes. These are a group of healthy, natural chemicals which are converted into vitamin A.

Although the flesh of the watermelon is about 92 per cent water (also making it a great thirst quencher) the remaining eight percent has the highest concentration of lycopene found in any fresh fruit or vegetable.

Lycopene is also found in tomatoes and is what gives the watermelon its bright pink colour. It may protect against some cancers including those of the prostate, lungand stomach. Other research suggests lycopene may protect against macular degenerative disease, an age-related illness that can lead to blindness.

If you are watching your weight the watermelon's high water content means it is relatively low in calories.

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