The health benefits of watermelon are astounding, with the fruit shown to protect against cardiovascular disease and cancer, and help you lose weight.
Researchers used mice to mimic human biochemistry and found that a diet that included watermelon juice and fresh watermelon was highly beneficial to increasing cardiovascular health. When the study group was compared to the control group, it was determined that the citrulline in watermelon lowered dangerous levels of LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol that had been attacked by free radicals. The amount of plaque build up on arterial walls was reduced, as was the overall animal weight.
The study reported further good news when researchers discovered that mice that received the watermelon juice supplement gained 30% less weight than the control mice.
The health benefits of watermelon don’t stop at weight loss and protection from heart disease – the fruit can also help lower your blood pressure naturally.
Earlier studies found that 4 grams of watermelon extract per day reduced systolic blood pressure but recorded no change in heart rate in adults with prehypertension and hypertension.