Watermelon pill 'lowers blood pressure and could prevent strokes'

A dose of watermelon a day could help keep high blood pressure at bay.

Researchers have discovered that the fruit is rich in compounds that widen blood vessels - and may cut the risk of heart attacks and strokes. And a daily fix of its juices could be enough to lower blood pressure in patients suffering from hypertension, according to a study.

High blood pressure, which affects more than 16million men and women in the UK, doubles the risk of a fatal heart attack or stroke and is blamed for more than 60,000 deaths a year.

But watermelon is an edible source of L- citrulline - a compound vital in the production of nitric oxide, a gas that widens blood vessels.

Source - Daily Mail