Watermelon extract lowers blood pressure better than dangerous pharmaceuticals

by: John Phillip

Natural News

Heart disease and stroke continue to be the leading cause of death in the US, as  vascular deterioration and dysfunction result in hypertension and ultimately, an  early demise. Elevated blood pressure results in micro-cracks to the delicate  endothelial lining of the blood vessels that must be patched by plaque (formed  largely of circulating oxidized LDL cholesterol and calcium particles),  beginning the process of atherosclerosis and greatly increased risk of heart  attack.
Natural methods of lowering high blood pressure can allow the  body to heal damaged vessels and arteries, dramatically lowering the risk of  heart disease and stroke. Researchers from Florida State University have  published the result of a study in the American Journal of Hypertension  that explains how natural watermelon extract helps reduce moderately elevated  blood pressure by providing a rich source of the amino acids, citrulline and  arginine, both known to relax vascular pressure.

Watermelon extract lowers blood pressure to normal range for many suffering  from hypertension

In prior studies, citrulline and arginine have been shown  as effective agents to reduce blood pressure, but further research was necessary  to validate the results. The scientists recruited fourteen volunteers with an  average age of 58 to receive either a concentrated watermelon extract (providing  six grams of a citrulline/arginine mixture daily) or a placebo for a period of  six weeks. They then observed a two week washout period with no supplementation  before crossing over to the other group.
At the end of the study,  researchers found that systolic pressure (upper blood pressure number) in the  supplemented group was lowered in the arm and ankle by 15.1 and 11.5mmHg  respectively, compared to the placebo participants. Diastolic pressure was  lowered by 7.6 and 7.8 mmHg. For many participants, this reduction was enough to  lower blood pressure from a pre-hypertension state to a normal reading,  significantly lowering the risk of heart attack or stroke.
Of greater  importance is the fact that the results observed are similar or better to those  found with dangerous prescription ACE inhibitors or beta-blockers so commonly  prescribed like candy by allopathic practitioners. The study authors concluded “This study suggests that watermelon extract improves arterial function…  cardiovascular events were lower by about two-fold in those with normal ankle  systolic blood pressure than in those with high ankle systolic blood pressure  during a 15-year follow-up.” Researchers found that blood pressure is  lowered in a dose-dependent manner with optimal results found with six grams of  citrulline/arginine each day.
Sources for this article  include: http://www.nature.com/ajh/journal/v25/n6/full/ajh201220a.html http://www.nutraingredients.com http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/releases/204527.php
About  the author: John Phillip is a Health Researcher and Author who writes  regularly on the cutting edge use of diet, lifestyle modifications and targeted  supplementation to enhance and improve the quality and length of life. John is  the author of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’, a comprehensive EBook explaining  how to use Diet, Exercise, Mind and Targeted Supplementation to achieve your  weight loss goal. Visit My Optimal Health  Resource to continue reading the latest health news updates, and to download  your Free 48 page copy of ‘Your Healthy Weight Loss Plan’. – Natural News


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