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The wonders of watermelon

Update : 23 Mar 2022, 14:49

Summer is here and so are the refreshing and juicy watermelon. One of the most loved summer fruits, watermelon has high water content and this is what makes it the must have fruit in summer months. This fruit has an array of benefits and works wonders on you. One serving of watermelon will aid you in your quest for a vibrant, fit, and healthy lifestyle.

What are the health benefits of watermelon?

Provides a variety of vitamins and minerals

Watermelon is 90% water which is why we love eating it on a hot summer day

It is not only a great source of water but vitamin A and C as well. Vitamin A boosts immunity and is good for the eyes. Vitamin C also boosts immunity. Watermelon also has Vitamin B6 and potassium. Potassium maintains water balance in the body while Vitamin B6 improves immunity. Potassium also prevents muscle cramps and keeps your heart healthy.

Slow the ageing process 

Watermelon is rich in the amino acid L-citrulline, which according to researchers at Sorbonne University, has a profound effect on body composition. The substance has an almost magical ability to slow the ageing process that chips away at muscle mass with each passing birthday.

Watermelon juices up the production of regenerative proteins

The study, published in the Journal of Nutrition, found that when compared with other amino acids, the L-citrulline present in this juicy fruit helps burn 13% more body fat – and builds 9% more size.

Normally, as you age, the number of mitochondria – the so-called powerhouses of cells – in your body decreases. This causes muscle mass to decline and cede ground to fat, giving rise to the ubiquitous Dad Bod. However, watermelon juices up the production of regenerative proteins that build muscle and repair mitochondria, allowing them to produce more energy and, in turn, burn more fat.

It could help protect against certain types of cancer

Lycopene is an antioxidant and anti-cancer nutrient that can be consumed raw and is bioavailable

Watermelon can credit its gorgeous pink-red hue to the aforementioned antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is an antioxidant and anti-cancer nutrient that can be consumed raw and is bioavailable (useable by the body). Of course, watermelon alone won’t safeguard your health, but the nutrient can play a helpful role as part of an overall healthy diet.

Good for your heart

It's all thanks to the lycopene—research shows that the phytonutrient can help keep arteries flexible, stymies the accumulation of artery-clogging plaque, and may even help reduce blood pressure. Considering heart disease is the number one killer of women, it's always good to load up on heart-healthy foods.

Impact on blood pressure

Watermelon is a good source of potassium

Watermelon may be extremely helpful when it comes to lowering blood pressure levels. Watermelon is a good source of potassium, a well-known electrolyte to help lower blood pressure. Additionally, arginine, an amino acid converted from citrulline may have a direct correlation with blood pressure reduction according to the health information in a FSU publication.

It works wonders on the eyes

Watermelon is a great source of vitamin A, which helps produce crucial pigments in the retina of the eye, creating a strong defence against age-related macular degeneration. For this, it is also ideal for keeping your eyes healthy. It is an excellent source of beta-carotene which gets converted to vitamin A in our bodies. Vitamin A is responsible for keeping our eyes free from night blindness and also prevents age-related macular degeneration. Watermelon’s lycopene is another tool people can use in their arsenal against eye disease.

Improve immune system

Your immune system loves all the great vitamins found in watermelon. Bring on that powerful Vitamin C for boosting your immune health by fighting against infections and the harmful effects of free radicals. In the case of watermelon, Vitamin B 6 joins the team to help your immune system produce antibodies and form red blood cells. Lastly, the Vitamin A found in watermelon helps regulate your immune system and protects you from infection.

Soothes skin

Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which keeps your skin soft and supple

Eating watermelons help prevent skin damage caused by the rays of the sun. It also helps prevent the occurrence of sunstroke and cancer and improves heart health. Vitamins A and C, along with lycopene, all found in watermelon, are key players in the skin health realm. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production which keeps your skin soft and supple. Vitamin A works to repair cell damage and create new skin cells. Lycopene may help protect your skin from sunburn.

Assists in weight management 

One cup of watermelon contains about 45 calories, making it a low-calorie snack. The high water content in watermelon can also be filling and help you eat fewer calories overall. 

 

 

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