Watermelons are mostly water – about 92 percent – but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium.
Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well.
Watermelon rind improves the workout benefits
Watermelon sometimes gets a bad rap for being high in sugar, but the fruit has some hefty health benefits, especially for athletes.
Eating increases your libido
The nutrient citrulline, found in watermelons can have a Viagra-like effect on the body as it boosts nitric oxide which relaxes the blood vessels.
This is the same effect that Viagra has to treat erectile dysfunction.
It promotes a healthy weight-loss
Watermelon is an inexpensive way to help you cleanse your body and lose weight. A one cup serving of watermelon is only 47 calories. Yes, watermelon is 92 percent water but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition and amazing healthbenefits.
Consuming it may help regulate your blood pressure
It could save your life. A new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.
The rind of watermelons benefits the urinary system
Urinary Bladder Infections, also know as Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) are very common, especially in women, and can occur in all age groups. Some people will recover quickly and some people will find recovery difficult and find that the infection will recur again and again.
Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.