Watermelon has a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and other vascular parameters, a new research has suggested.
The research has found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress, Khaleej Times reported.
“The pressure on the aorta (largest artery in the human body) and on the heart decreased after consuming watermelon extract,” said Arturo Figueroa, an associate professor at Florida State University.
The study focused on 13 middle-aged, obese men and women who also suffered from high blood pressure.
Participants also had to refrain from taking any medication for blood pressure or making any significant changes in their lifestyle, particularly related to diet and exercise.
The results showed that consuming watermelon had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and other vascular parameters.
Notably, study participants showed improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress while both at rest and while they were exposed to the cold water.
“That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to workeasily during a stressful situation such as cold exposure,”
Figueroa said in a paper published in the American Journal of Hypertension.