Recent Studies show that Watermelon helps lower blood pressure
The Nitric oxide in Watermelon could also help with high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, according to the Texas study, which was paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
In a study performed at The Florida State University, Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi found in giving watermelon extract to nine subjects for six weeks, each showed lower blood pressure at the end of the study. The citrulline allows blood flow to become increased within in the body.
'We are the first to document improved aortic hemodynamics in pre-hypertensive but otherwise healthy middle-aged men and women receiving therapeutic doses of watermelon," said Dr. Arturo Figueroa, lead researcher of the new study. 'These findings suggest that this 'functional food' has a vasodilatory effect, and one that may prevent prehypertension from progressing to full-blown hypertension, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes,' added Figueroa.
Dr Arturo Figueroa, of Florida State University, said: 'These findings suggest that this 'functional food' has a vasodilatory effect, and one that may prevent pre-hypertension from progressing to full-blown hypertension, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.' - Daily Mail Oct 14th 2010.
Co-researcher Professor BahramArjmandi said: 'By functional foods, we mean those foods scientifically shown to have health-promoting or disease-preventing properties, above and beyond the other intrinsically healthy nutrients they also supply.'- Daily Mail Oct 14th 2010.
According to the study, watermelon is the most plentiful edible natural source of L-citrulline and a great source of natural antioxidants vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as potassium and lycopene.