Individuals who have high blood pressure could eat nutritional foods in order to help this problem. In fact, a new study published in the American Journal of Hypertension suggests that watermelon may be a factor in combating hypertension.
Arturo Figueroa, lead investigator, said that the research team discovered that watermelon "may prevent prehypertension from progression to full-blown hypertension, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes."
For the study, the scientists used an amino acid, L-citrulline, that they extracted from watermelons. This extract was administered every day for six weeks to nine patients with high blood pressure.
As a result, all of the participants were able to lower their blood pressure. Arterial function was also improved in these individuals. Meanwhile, none of the subjects reported experiencing any side effects after taking the extract.
The researchers noted that watermelon also provides other nutrients. This includes vitamin A, B6, C and a powerful antioxidant known as lycopene.
In turn, this may lead to improving the symptoms of other diseases. Figueroa added that individuals who have been diagnosed with type 2 diabetes could also benefit from either watermelon extracts or this food in its natural form.