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Is Watermelon Heart Healthy?

Tuesday, 25 Jan 2011 09:49 AM

Eating watermelon may be good for your heart.

That’s what researchers at Florida State University found after studying the effects of watermelon extract containing oral L-citrulline/L-arginine, amino acids that help reduce blood pressure.

Study participants received either watermelon extract or a placebo for six weeks, followed by four weeks of no supplement/ placebo. Then the participants switched regimens. At the study’s end, all nine participants demonstrated lower blood pressure.

It was a small study, but the data shows promise that watermelon may be a good food for heart health. It remains a good source of vitamins A, B6, and C, as well as potassium, fiber, and lycopene.

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