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Researchers Find Healthy Foods Lower Blood Pressure

October 25, 2010 by  

Researchers find healthy foods lower blood pressureIndividuals 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.

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  • coal miner


    mount DV
    (%) Nutrient
    Density World’s Healthiest
    Foods Rating
    vitamin C 14.59 mg 24.3 9.0 excellent
    vitamin A 556.32 IU 11.1 4.1 very good
    vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) 0.22 mg 11.0 4.1 very good
    vitamin B1 (thiamin) 0.12 mg 8.0 3.0 good
    potassium 176.32 mg 5.0 1.9 good
    magnesium 16.72 mg 4.2 1.5 good
    World’s Healthiest
    Foods Rating Rule
    excellent DV>=75% OR Density>=7.6 AND DV>=10%
    very good DV>=50% OR Density>=3.4 AND DV>=5%
    good DV>=25% OR Density>=1.5 AND DV>=2.5%

    In-Depth Nutritional Profile for Watermelon


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  • Mike In MI

    “In turn this may lead to improving the symptoms of other diseases.”

    No wonder Big Pharma wants to see back yard gardens be outlawed. Just think how many nother food carefully and properly tended are like this. Believe me if you ever check it out the lists of healthful benefits in different realms of health will blow your mind.
    As you become healthier th problems in your body melt away. You wil find that getting older just doesn’t have to be accompanied with hue numbers of aches, pains and suffering – unless of course you want them. Do what you need to do to get them, sit around and complain about ow bad you feel and it’ll get worse. They’ll hear you and come a runnin’. On the other hand eating good stuff like this report on watermelon shows what can happen – instead of medication side effects and worse add-on diseases, you get “improving the symptoms of other diseases.
    Medical suppliers unhealthy practices might go out of business and if people find they don’t need insurance (because they’re not ever sick) the insurance companies might have to negotiate or drop prices -like the doctors. Government will never accomplish this withits stupid programs. Self-reliance and individual responsibility. IF IT’S TO BE IT’S UP TO ME.
    If that isn’t still quintessentially America then it’s already gone down the drain.


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