High blood pressure (HBP) infects the veins of society. It is defined as high pressure in the arteries, which are vessels that carry blood throughout the body. HBP increases the risk for heart attack, stroke, aneurysms and kidney failure.
Blood pressure is the amount of force that blood exerts against arterial walls. It is measured by two sets of numbers. Systolic pressure is pressure in the arteries when the heart beats. Diastolic pressure is pressure in the arteries between heart beats.
Blood pressure medications have been shown to help reduce HBP; however, these medications also have unpleasant side effects. Fortunately, you don’t have to resort to prescription drugs to treat HBP. All of the followings foods have been shown to help lower blood pressure.
Watermelons can help combat HBP by preventing arterial walls and veins from hardening. According to a study published in the American Journal of Hypertension, L-citrulline is a natural, edible amino acid in watermelon that can help normalize blood pressure. L-citrulline’s sister amino acid is L-arginine, which isn’t tolerated by people with HBP. The L-citrulline in watermelon was well tolerated by HBP participants in the study, which converts into L-arginine after it’s consumed.