A daily slice of watermelon could help prevent heart disease by haling the build-up of harmful cholesterol, new research shows.
Scientists who carried out studies on mice fed a high fat diet found the fruit halved the rate at which ‘bad’ low density lipoprotein or LDL, accumulated. LDL is a form of cholesterol that leads to clogged arteries and heart diseases.
The study was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
Researchers from Purdue University in the United States, also found eating watermelon regularly helpful to control weight gain and resulted in fewer fatty deposits inside the blood vessels. They believe the secret to watermelon health-boosting properties lies in Citrulline, a chemical found in the juice. Previous studies have suggested Citrulline has a role to play in heart disease prevention by lowering blood pressure.
Although, the latest investigation showed no significant effects on blood pressure, it did reveal watermelons had a powerful impact on other heart risk factors. Heart disease is Britain biggest killer. Around 270,000 people a year suffer a heart attack and nearly one in three die before they reach hospital.