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Researchers seeking participants in watermelon vs. blood pressure study

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RANAE S. ARNETTE
Times Correspondent

 In the Food & Sciences Department at The Florida State University, researchers have evidence that consuming watermelon daily can be a natural weapon against high blood pressure and other cardiovascular diseases.
   Watermelon provides abundant sources of vitamin A, B6, C, fiber, potassium and lycopene, a powerful antioxidant.  Watermelon may even help to reduce serum glucose levels, according to researchers.  
 In December, FSU Professors Braham H. Arjmandi and Arturo Figueroa conducted their first six-week study and are now currently in the first month of their 12-week study.  
 Participants are paid $50 at the end of the study and are supplied with watermelon. However, they only have five participants and are looking for 10 more.
  Approximately 60 percent of U.S. adults are pre-hypertensive or hypertensive meaning they have systolic blood pressure reading of 120-139 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg) over diastolic pressure of 80-89 mm Hg.  
  In lieu of these statistics, the head of research, Professor Figueroa, mentioned that participants must be between the ages of 45 and 70 with a blood pressure higher than 120/80 but lower than 159/99.  “It is important that we find participants because without them, our research will be stalled and incomplete,” commented Figueroa.  
 Participants would be required to go on campus at the beginning of their participation and four times after that within their 12-week program as to allow the researchers and opportunity to follow up and test their blood pressure and anything else.  
 Are you interested in participating in this study?  If so, contact Arturo Figueroa at 850-644-8089 or email him at afiguero@fsu.edu.