Have you ever had a hot summer day pass and not thought of a nice juicy watermelon to quench your thirst? Well I know I can’t get through my hot summer days without watermelon! When the heat of the summer hits us and we start feeling thirsty, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Since it contains high water quantity it can hydrate us whereas other drinks are caffeine filled energy drinks which can easily dehydrate us.
So enjoy the 10 health benefits of watermelon.
1. Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
2. Watermelon is a good source of Thiamine, (a B vitamin which promotes a normal appetite and helps in the proper digestion of food) Potassium (helps to lower blood pressure) and magnesium (a mineral and an electrolyte which helps prevent muscle cramps) which protect our body from so many diseases.
3. This delicious red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. These antioxidants travel throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to heart attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red colour that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
4. Watermelon has a special cooling effect and is exceptionally high in citrulline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make another amino acid, arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body.
5. It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
6. The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer.
7. Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
8. It helps elevate mood through its vitamin B6 content. Studies revealed that depressed patients are low in vitamin B6, one of the nutrients essential in producing serotonin, a neurotransmitter chemical that affects mood.
9. Sensations of weakness, listlessness and fatigue may indicate a deficiency of pantothenic acid in the body. Pantothenic acid aids in the body’s ability to respond to stress by supporting the adrenal, the anti-stress glands of the body.
10. Dr. Bhimu Patil, said in 2008 that the watermelon may have Viagra-like effects. Due to its supply of citrulline, an amino acid which relaxes blood vessels.
Anyone up for a cold slice of watermelon?