Hello there. Today, I want to talk about a favorite fruit of mine. It’s fresh, succulent, and juicy, contains an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals and also has great health benefits – the water melon.
Watermelons are mostly water (about 92 percent), but also contains vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. Lycopene is a phytonutrient, which is a naturally occurring compound in fruits and vegetables that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, according to Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at The University of Texas at Austin.
When you think of the health benefits of watermelon, the seeds probably do not come to your mind. However, watermelon seeds whether wet, dry or roasted make a great snack and are very rich in protein. The seeds, juicy pulp and flesh of the water melon are all edible. Nice, isn’t it.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF WATER MELON
- REDUCES THE RISK OF CANCER
Lycopene has been linked to reducing prostate cancer cell proliferation, according to the National Cancer Institute. As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer prevention in several studies.
- SKIN BENEFITS
Watermelon is also great for your skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Watermelon also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.
- HEART HEALTH
Beta carotene, known for its remarkable antioxidant and anti-aging properties, prevents age-related cardiac problems. The roughage in watermelon and its very low energy, along with help from vitamin-C, carotenoids and potassium (potassium cuts the risk of a heart attack), helps to reduce cholesterol and keep your heart safe from a variety of dangerous conditions.
Watermelon’s high levels of lycopene are very effective at protecting cells from damage and may help lower the risk of heart disease, according to a study at Purdue University. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extracts helped reduce hypertension and lower blood pressure in obese adults.
- EYE HEALTH
Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration.
- HYDRATION AND DIGESTION
Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses
- ANTI INFLAMMATORY SUPPORT
Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. It also assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.
- MUSCLE AND NERVE SUPPORT
Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely due to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in water melon.
Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and thus helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium determines the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract, and controls the excitation of nerves in our body.
So step up on your water melon intake in moderate measures anyway and watch out for the benefits in your body. Eat right to live. To a healthier You.