How watermelon can help control high blood pressure

Watermelon can be a tasty and healthy treat to fight high blood pressure. It has high water content. It can also lower inflammation and reduce oxidative stress.
 
Pavithra N Raj, Chief Dietician at Columbia Asia hospital explains, "Watermelon belongs to a family cucurbitaceae. It has high water content 92% and has a good amount of lycopene, vitamin C, vitamin A, potassium, amino acid, antioxidants and low in sodium and calories (40 kcal per serving)."
 
"Watermelon is also rich in an amino acid called L citrulline which helps improve circulation of blood flow this results in lower blood pressure and improved cardiovascular health. Citrulline helps the body produce nitric oxide a gas that relaxes blood vessels and encourages flexibility in arteries thus lower the blood pressure and lycopene content of the watermelon can lower the risk of heart attack," she adds.