Melon helps blood vessels

A dose of watermelon a day could keep high blood pressure at bay. Florida State University researchers have discovered the fruit is rich in compounds that widen blood vessels, and might cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And a daily fix of its juice could be enough to lower blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension. High blood pressure doubles the risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke. Watermelon is an edible source of E-citrulline, involved in the production of nitric oxide gas, which widens blood vessels. The researchers found a daily does of 6g of L-citrulline lowered blood pressure after 6 weeks.

Good News for summer! Watermelons out do tomatoes in lycopene content

Watermelon, that icon of the Aussie summer, has always been an icon of summer. Now science has confirmed that watermelons are packed with nutrition. They are fat-free and low in calories, a good source of vitamins A, B6 and C; thiamine;and potassium, a mineral essential to water balance in the body. Watermelons have now been declared the fruit or veg with the highest amount of lycopene, which gives watermelon its redness. Lycopene has been linked to reduced risk of heart attack and certain cancers. Just 1 1/2 cups of ripe, red watermelon contains 9 to 13 milligrams of lycopene, which is approx 40 percent more than raw tomatoes.

Sourced & published by Henry Sapiecha

Tags: , , , , , , , , , ,

Leave a Reply