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Watermelon-Blackcurrant Ice Cream for Cardiovascular Health

Updated: Jun 7, 2023

Summer is coming, we must take advantage of the treasures it offers us in fruits and vegetables! Here are two fruits whose properties have proven beneficial effects on cardiovascular health. Read in a few words the metabolic effects of this little taste pleasure followed by the recipe.


Watermelon contains L-citrulline, a non-protein amino acid, a precursor of arginine which is itself a precursor of NO (Nitric oxide). These three compounds are synthesized by our own metabolism and form a self-regenerating balance...when all is well...





NO acts, among other things, as a vasodilator, ie it tends to relax the blood vessels and therefore reduce blood pressure. It also inhibits platelet aggregation on the endothelium: in short, it prevents your arteries from clogging. This makes it a very important element in cardiovascular pathologies. But now, with age and especially with menopause in women, the level of arginine in the body so much to decrease and therefore the production of NO is less important. This is also one of the reasons why menopause is said to increase cardiovascular risk. As you can see in the diagram above, by providing citrulline to the body, we boost the production of arginine and therefore NO.


I chose to add blackcurrant for its richness in vitamins C and E which are found in the antioxidant metabolic chain. As well as its content of polyphenols, in particular anthocyanins and tannins, which give it powerful antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Excellent choice therefore to fight against the so-called "cardio-metabolic" syndrome whose inflammatory origin leads to an increase in oxidative stress and cardiovascular pathologies.


Finally, I opted for tofu because it is richer in arginine than yogurt or greek yogurt. But it's up to you to choose according to your tastes.


The greediest among you can add pieces of dark chocolate > 70% from Madagascar because it is the richest in polyphenols.

 

Ingredients (for 4 portions)

  • 400 g of watermelon

  • 200 g blackcurrant

  • 200 g of silken tofu or skyr type dairy product or cottage cheese

  • A few fresh mint leaves

  • 2 tbsp erythritol (optional)




Step 1:


The day before, cut the watermelon into cubes. Place the watermelon cubes, the blackcurrant, and the mixing bowl in the freezer.


Step 2:


Chop the mint leaves very finely.

In the mixing bowl, place all the ingredients and mix.

Taste immediately.

 

Tast it, it is good for your health!



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