WATERMELON 101

Watermelon is a refreshing fruit that’s good for you. It contains 46 calories per cup; it’s high in vitamin A, vitamin C, and many healthy compounds. The question now is, why is there so much love for the watermelon? At first, it may seem like nothing more than just a big ball of water. We all know that nothing is more refreshing than a big, chilled slice of watermelon on a hot, summer day, but what’s the real reason why so many people flock to the grocery stores to buy a big fruit like this one? Well, it’s not easy to narrow it down to a single reason because there are a lot of them, and few are listed below;

Good for Your Skin

A fruit that has proved highly beneficial for the skin is watermelon. Apart from keeping your skin well hydrated, watermelon is also rich in vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for the production of sebum which keeps the hair and skin moisturized. Also, Vitamin C is needed for the formation of collagen which is essential to maintain the structure and also the integrity of the skin.

Reduces Cancer Risk

Watermelon has been known to offer some protection against cancer. Free radical formation contributes to mutations of DNA that result in cancer. Luckily, watermelon has a rich content of antioxidants such as vitamins A and C which help to mop up free radicals. Moreover, watermelon and tomatoes are obviously your best sources of lycopene which has been associated with a reduced risk of cancers of the prostate, colon, breast, and lungs

Good Hydration

Watermelon is about 92% water hence in hot weather; it can be refreshing as it helps to replenish the insensible loss of water from your skin, thus protecting you from dehydration.

Protects Against Diabetes

Being a tasty, low-calorie and high-fibre fruit, watermelon is a fruit of choice for diabetic patients. The L-citrulline content is converted into arginine which enhances the function of the sugar-lowering hormone. Likewise, magnesium and potassium found in watermelons also enhance the effect of insulin in the body and therefore help to keep the blood sugar within safe limits in diabetic patients.

Helps Against Impotence

Research has revealed that when sufficient quantities of watermelon are consumed, it can provide a Viagra-like effect in treating of erectile dysfunction. It contains arginine which can be transformed to a compound that helps dilate the blood vessels of the penis and in that way enhance erection.

Reduces Risk of Kidney Problems

Good hydration provided by watermelon contributes to flushing the kidneys on a regular basis and keeps them working optimally. Also, by reducing the concentration of the uric acid in the blood, watermelons minimize the incidence of stone formation in the kidneys. Also, since watermelon is rich in antioxidants, the possibility of kidney damage is less in people who consume watermelon.