You see, most of the time when testing something, some participants benefit, others don’t. But in this study, all participants actually brought their blood pressure down below 120/80 after consuming the extract (L-citrulline), derived from watermelon.
What you must keep in mind is that the study was very small…only 9 participants. And they didn’t actually consume watermelon, but 6 grams of L-citrulline extracted from watermelon. The dose was taken daily for 6 weeks.
But that doesn’t make the results
any less mind-blowing.
[php snippet=4]I tested this out myself and found that eating ¼ of watermelon every day for a month did help me a lot. Everyone is different so I can’t say exactly what this will do for you, but in my case the drop in blood pressure was about 5 points. So I highly recommend increasing your watermelon consumption (and not just in the summer).
What amazes me is that my doctor’s only solution was to cut down on salt and fat and then to take prescription medications. When I refused the medications he said:
“You’re Writing Your Own Death Certificate,”
– his exact words.
And when I came back (still alive) after lowering my blood pressure using only diet and other lifestyle changes, he was surprised. He disdainfully commented that this was only a coincidence; a temporary thing, and my blood pressure would sky-rocket again (it hasn’t).
I’ve since switched to a doctor who’s completely open for lifestyle changes to address all illnesses and he has given me many good pointers throughout the years.
For more than a decade now, I’ve dedicated my life to teaching honest, good people like you the facts about healthy living and how to improve your health using simple and enjoyable lifestyle changes.
Since you’re reading this information, I’m sure you’re in the same shoes as I was. You have been diagnosed with high blood pressure – the disease the World Health Organization has declared the #1 cause of death in the world.
And yet, you know that there is no traditional cure for this disease. And the only solution the traditional medical system has is to offer are drugs that have side effects potentially as dangerous as the disease.
And these drugs don’t CURE high blood pressure. They just sometimes bring it down while you take them.
Worst of all, you’re probably as overwhelmed and confused as I was about what is actually the right thing to do about your high blood pressure. There is so much information out there and most of it is based more on myths and fiction than reliable sources.
That’s why I’m taking things here step-by-step. Telling you about one food after another that has been proven in scientific studies to help improve blood pressure.
Not myths but cold-hard-facts.
I hope that as you keep on reading through this article, you’ll not only get fantastic information on how to drastically improve your blood pressure but also feel uplifted and positive that you can beat this disease to the ground using both powerful and yet delicious foods.
And to continue with that, next I’m going to tell you about a type of food that for 30 years had one of the worst reputations for cardiovascular health. But new evidence has proven this food one of the best ways to improve blood pressure.
In fact, one study revealed that this food is at least as effective to lower blood pressure as a leading blood pressure medication. And that’s without side effects.
Note: everyone is different and maybe not all will able to completely cure their blood pressure without medications (this is kind of a legal disclaimer). But lifestyle changes will always help. So even if you have to take medications, if you consume the right food, you may need less. It’s always important to consult your doctor every step of the way.
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