In a pilot study at Florida State University, food scientist suggest watermelon may be an effective weapon to fight the symptoms of prehypertension, which is a precursor to cardio vascular disease. In the study Professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Arjmandi discovered when six grams of the amino acids L-citrulline and L-arginine from watermelon extract were taken for six weeks, there was a remarkable improvement in cardio vascular markers, particularly improved arterial function which lowered aortic blood pressure. The subjects were men and women ages 51 to 57 years old.
“We are the first to document improved aortic hemodynamics in prehypertensive but otherwise healthy middle- aged men and women receiving therapeutic doses of watermelon,” Figueroa said. “These findings suggest that this ‘functional food’ has a vasodilatory effect, and one that may prevent prehypertension from progressing to full-blown hypertension, a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.”
“Given the encouraging evidence generated by this preliminary study, we hope to continue the research and include a much larger group of participants in the next round,” he said.
“Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure,” Figueroa said.
This is just another example of how natural vitamins, those found in a watermelon extract are useful in improving human health. The body converts the watermelon extract into a use format. Simply consuming L-arginine might not be as effective since by itself it often causes side-effects like nausea or diarrhea; however, watermelon extract is well tolerated with no adverse side-effects. Likewise, watermelon extract as a natural vitamin supplement provides abundant forms of vitamin A, B6, C, fiber, potassium, and lycopene – a powerful antioxidant. There is even hope that watermelon could even help reduce serum glucose levels.
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Figueroa said oral L-citrulline supplementation might allow a reduced dosage of antihypertensive drugs necessary to control blood pressure. “Even better, it may prevent the progression from prehypertension to hypertension in the first place,” he added.
Findings from Figueroa’s latest pilot study at Florida State are described in the American Journal of Hypertension. Coauthors of the Figueroa-Arjmandi paper are Marcos A. Sanchez-Gonzalez, a Florida State doctoral student in exercise physiology, and Penelope Perkins- Veazie, a horticulture professor at North Carolina State University.