A study from Purdue and the University of Kentucky suggested watermelon may be important to stay heart-healthy.
Shubin Saha, a Purdue extension vegetable specialist and the study’s co-author, said the study showed mice that consumed watermelon juice had lower weight, cholesterol and arterial plaque than a control group. According to the findings, which were reported in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, a compound in watermelon called citrulline plays a role in cardiovascular health.
“We were interested in citrulline because previous studies showed that it may lower blood pressure,” Saha said in a recent Purdue news release. “We didn’t see a lowering of blood pressure, but these other changes are promising.”
Sibu Saha, a professor from the University of Kentucky, said that they already knew watermelon was good for health; however, they don’t yet know how the watermelon’s health benefits work on a cellular level, so that’s the next step.