Watermelon: Good for Lowering Blood Pressure?
4/15/2014, 4:42 p.m.
High blood pressure is one of the leading causes of heart disease among men and women, as well as the cause of other health complications such as strokes. High blood pressure also puts unnecessary stress on the heart.
The good news is that it can be totally reversible with lifestyle changes and by adding this fruit to your diet: watermelon.
Who would've guessed? Watermelon is great for high blood pressure! In a six-week study conducted by Florida State University, patients with high blood pressure who were given watermelon and/or watermelon juice saw their systolic blood pressure drop. Their blood flow arterial function also improved compared with the placebo group.
Watermelon contains L-citrulline and L-arginine, both amino acids that help regulate the blood pressure. These two are best taken when in natural food substances such as watermelon. There are supplements, but these often end up causing stomach upset and other minor side effects. They are still beneficial, but the natural form is best. Both of these amino acids are great for those with diabetes as well.
Another benefit of this nutrient-rich fruit is the high water content. Water is always beneficial for the body, as it not only keeps the body hydrated but flushes out toxins as well. Just six grams of watermelon juice have been proven to deliver significant health benefits in those studied.
With warm weather coming, it's the perfect time to enjoy the benefits of watermelon!
Nadine Renee, a health and wellness specialist, speaker and author, is the CEO of Nadine Renee Naturals (nadinereneenaturals.com), a company that specializes in natural hair care, skin care and health. She is also the founder of Health Revolution Movement. Follow her on Facebook at facebook.com/nadinereneenaturals and on Twitter @nadinerenees.