I'll run through the goodness of the watermelon for our refreshing pleasure! :)
1. Anti-cancerous properties
Watermelon is rich in lycopene, a carotenoid known to protect the body against prostate, breast, endometrial, lung & colorectal cancers, not to mention lycopene also boosts sperm concentration & mobility. Lycopene is known to fight cholesterol as well. Tomatoes are a close second to watermelon in lycopene content.
2. Anti-oxidant properties
The fruit is also rich in vitamins A, B & C. Vitamins A & B are powerful anti-oxidants that neutralize free radicals, in turn reducing the risk of clogged arteries due to cholesterol build-up & inflammation of arthritis & asthma. Vitamin C (taken along with an high intake of beta-carotene) can prevent heart disease, asthma, colon cancer & symptoms of osteoarthritis & rheumatoid arthritis.
3. Weight loss aid
Water melon has a 92% water content. 1 slice of watermelon has approx. 1 g of fat. Adding watermelon to your diet will help you stave off hunger & reduce your calorie intake. What else could a girl ask for? :D
4. Prevent Macular Degeneration
In a study published in the Archives of Opthalmology, it is mentioned that 3 of more servings of food will reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in adults, by 36%, compared to 1.5 servings per day. Watermelon is a great solution because it can certainly pack a lot of fruit servings in 1 day!
5. From Citrulline to Arginine
Watermelon has exceptionally high contents of citrulline, an amino acid which our bodies use to produce arginine, another amino acid. Arginine is utilized by the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body, improve insulin sensitivity (in obese Type 2 diabetic patients with insulin resistance), & by the cells lining our blood vessels to produce nitric oxide. Nitric oxide relaxes the blood vessels, lowering blood pressure, & it is the compound enhanced by Viagra to prevent erectile dysfunction (ED).
After reading online, I realized how nutritious this humble fruit can be! The watermelon is refreshing on a warm day & really delicious! Cheers!