Watermelon juice has been found to reverse atherosclerosis in an animal study. The fruit juice demonstrated positive effects after just eight weeks. The study, which was conducted at the University of Kentucky was published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry.
The trial involved mice with diet induced high cholesterol. The control group was given water to drink whist the experimental group was given watermelon juice. After the eight week trial period, the experimental group had less fat mass which resulted in lower body weight and cholesterol levels.
The experimental group also experienced a greater reduction in atherosclerotic lesions than the control group. These initial findings are very promising, although more work is required to back up these results.
There is however no reason why people who are at risk of atherosclerosis or who have high cholesterol levels should not consume watermelons or watermelon juice. Watermelons are a good source of lycopene, which is important for a healthy cardiovascular system.
Watermelons are also full of vitamin c, magnesium,potassium, B vitamins and bet-carotene. So a regular serving of the fruit will aide to enhance your health on many levels.