Watermelon marks the sweet spot for fighting hypertension

Watermelon is one of those super foods.


Watermelon is one of those super foods.


It’s low in calories, high in fibre, packed with vitamins, fun to eat — and sweet to boot.


Now, researchers at Florida State University have found that juicy, red watermelon has another health punch — eating it regularly has the potential to help prevent hypertension.


This is important because hypertension — known as the ‘silent killer’ — is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease and stroke.

In a small study, scientists fed watermelon extract every day for six weeks to people with pre-hypertension, which means slightly elevated blood pressure.

All nine of the subjects had lowered blood pressure at the end of the study. Authors are suggesting a larger study to test the power of this functional —and delicious — food.

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