Friday, February 8, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year: Year of Snake

Wishing you a precious Snake Year ahead to all Chinese friends and followers.
Gong Xi Fa Chai

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Watermelon Can Reduce the Risk of Heart Diseases and High Blood Pressure

Some peoples say, eating watermelon actually not good for the body especially for athletes. Because watermelon is some kind a 'cold' types of fruit that can affect athletes lungs and performance. Wow, and so many believers practice this in their daily life until the grey hair grow on their head.

Actually, eating watermelon can lower blood pressure and protects you from pre-hypertension the main cause of heart attack, researchers say. Watermelon is not only consumed well when you’re thirsty, because the sweet taste and high water content, but also because the nutrients are abundant.

The fruit is rich in compounds that proved able to dilate blood vessels and may reduce the risk of heart attack and stroke, The Telegraph Reported. In a study by scientists, an amino acid found in watermelon improves the performance of the arteries and reduces blood pressure in about one in nine patients with pre hypertension.

You might have to take the L-arginine, an amino acid essential for maintaining healthy blood pressure, as a supplement. However, these supplements to some adults have adverse effects such as nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea.

Instead, the researchers found no adverse effects of respondents who ate watermelon. The fruit even store other nutrients such as vitamins A, B6, C, fiber, potassium and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant. “As the evidence from this preliminary study, we hope to continue research to reach a wide group of participants,” said Dr. Arturo Figueroa, Florida State University, who led the study.

Furthermore, watermelon also stimulate kidney action and enhance the production of urine which favours the elimination of toxins. It is low in fiber and its fats content is sort of non existent.

Worth mentioning is its content of the carotenoids lutein and lycopene. Lycopene, the responsible pigment for the red colour in certain fruits, has deoxidizing properties that help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Moreover, watermelon assists decrease blood pressure, has deoxidizing properties, fights infection, facilitates your body heal faster, can aid in weight management, and is a comfort meal that maysooth tension and stress.

High blood pressure affects more than 16 million men and women in the UK. While in Malaysia the problem is people do not know what their (own) blood pressure is! According to Malaysian Society of Hypertension statistics, only 35% of the people who have hypertension are diagnosed. This means that for every person we diagnose, there are two people out there who is walking around undiagnosed.

As a bottom line, eating water melon, drinking water melon juice can lowering the risk of high blood pressure, reducing the risk of heart attack and of course preventing the athletes from dehydration and healing muscles fatigue faster.