Watermelon in the news!

Watermelon made the headlines recently. Actually it is some of the ingredients of themelon that made the news, L arginine and L Citrulline. Florida State University just did some research that proved the validity of or product Amino-Flo. Thank you Florida State!

Watermelon contains many ingredients, some of which are great for health, others not so great. Let me explain, and we will start with the good.

Two of the really good ingredients of the watermelon, L Arginine and L Citrulline, are amino acids that can and do increase Nitric Oxide (NO) production in our body. This is a good thing as we need the NO to maintain proper blood vessel tone, keep the platelets form sticking together, and other good functions of the cardiovascular system. Proper tone is involved in relaxing the blood vessels (vasodilation) and helping maintain proper blood pressure. Many things interfere with NO production in our bodies so we need a constant replenishing of this vital component.

 

Stress is one of the ‘bogyman’ in blocking our production of NO, and in the world we live in, no one is immune from that. Another bad guy is sugar! Yes, the watermelon does contain sugar. Nobody said it was perfect, just had some good ingredients. Sugar increases the byproduct Uric acid (the same thing that causes Gout) and it blocks NO from doing it’s job. Not good.

 

Without NO our blood vessels can’t protect themselves from all the bad things that takes place in the blood stream. NO keeps the endothelium, the lining of our blood vessels, from attracting things like cholesterol and other components from sticking in places where they can cause problems like plaque. So we can see a lot of good things going on here in the watermelon.

Back to the Florida State research, they did a study on 13 middle-aged men and women, all of which were obese and had hypertension or high blood pressure. The researchers spilt the group into two. One group got the amino acids from watermelon and the other got a placebo. After 6 weeks, they switched groups. The results showed that consuming the watermelon extract had a positive impact on aortic blood pressure and vascular parameters. “That means less overload to the heart, so the heart is going to work easily during a stressful situation” said Dr. Figueroa, the lead on the research team.

This is great news, but you would have to eat great amounts of watermelon daily to get those results, and remember the sugar,well, you would definitely get way too much of that. Enter Amino-Flo from Doctor’s Nutrition.

We at Doctor’s Nutrition had been using these two wonderful amino acids for a long time for the very same desired results, but our patients were having to consume large quantities of pills. Not good. Two years ago we formulated the product Amino-Flo containing the L-Arginine and L-Citrulline. Knowing the characteristics of these amino acids, and how they can impact other areas that could cause unwanted side effects, we formulated with other amino acids to balance the unwanted effects.

Too much L-Arginine, or L-Citrulline which turns into L-arginine, can cause the latent Herpes viruses to ‘bloom’. This is why it is not uncommon for those who suffer with the cold sores, and other Herpes viral problems, to have out breaks when consuming too many nuts, as many nuts contain large amounts of L-Arginine. These same viruses do not like L-Lysine. It makes them dormant, a good thing. When we formulated Amino-Flo we added the L-Lysine for this reason, to keep down unwanted side effects of too much L-Arginine. We want the benefits, not the side effects.

We also added L-Proline as it acts like ‘Teflon’ in the blood stream keeping some of the fatty globules from sticking to the endothelium. This is definitely something would want to do for the cardiovascular system. we also added L-Glycine as it is used in DNA repair, another good thing.

During the two years we have used this formula clinically, we have seen some very good and promising results with patients on multiple blood pressure meds be able to properly maintain their blood pressure with less medications, and some have had to stop taking meds due to the blood pressure getting too low. A very good thing indeed.

If you, or someone you know, suffers from heart disease and high blood pressure, Amino-Flo is a great adjunct to help keep the cardiovascular system perking along. With this formula you get the great benefits of the watermelon extract, and much more, without the sugar! Maintaining good cardiovascular health is priceless.

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