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Eating watermelon may lower your blood pressure

People searching for natural ways to help manage their blood pressure are often searching for dietary advice to go along with exercise to help lower their blood pressure. Florida State University reported on April 3, 2014, that consuming watermelon could lower your blood pressure. It's true, taking the time to pick up some watermelon at your local grocery store and eating it may save your life.

Enjoying delicious, nutritous watermelon

Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa at Florida State University has done research which shows that watermelon could significantly lower blood pressure in overweight people both at rest and while they are under stress. This study has been published in the American Journal of Hypertension. This research showed that watermelon supplementation lowered aortic blood pressure and myocardial oxygen demand during cold pressor test. Watermelon may therefore offer cardioprotection by attenuating cold-induced aortic hemodynamic responses.

Figueroa said, “The pressure on the aorta and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract.” The study began with a simple concept that more people die of heart attacks during cold weather due to the fact that the stress of the cold temperatures causes blood pressure to increase and the heart has to work harder to pump blood into the aorta. This generally leads to less blood flow to the heart. Therefore, people with obesity and high blood pressure are confronted with an increased risk for stroke or heart attack when exposed to the cold.

Watermelon may really help with the problem of cold induced high blood pressure. It was observed that consuming watermelon had a positive effect on aortic blood pressure and on other vascular parameters. The study participants showed improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress while they were both at rest and during exposure to the cold water. Figueroa said, “That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to work easily during a stressful situation such as cold exposure.” Therefore, eating watermelon really could save your life.

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