lowering blood pressure because it contains lycopene, great source of potassium, and extremely low in sodium. According to researchers, watermelon may also have Viagra-life effects to prevent erectile dysfunction (ED). Let's learn more about watermelon nutrition facts.
As a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is one of the healthy and delicious fruits. It has an extremely high water content, approximately 92%. About 6 percent of a watermelon is sugar which makes one of the most budget-friendly fruits very sweet. There are many different types of watermelon. They can be round, oblong or spherical in shape. Some have green rinds that are often spotted or striped on the outside and a red-pink flesh on the inside, with black / dark brown seeds. Some watermelons have yellow flesh with white, green or yellow seeds, and some can be seedless. The green rind on the outside which is not usually eaten, sometimes used as a vegetable. Every part of a watermelon is edible even the watermelon seeds. In Japan, The square shape is designed to make the watermelons easier to stack and store, but the square watermelons are often more than double the price of normal ones.
Watermelon facts. Watermelon is rich in antioxidants from the lycopene contained (a natural red colored pigment), which is also found in red grapefruit, tomatoes. It a very good source of vitamin A (beta-carotene), and vitamin C. It also contains vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B1 (thiamin), potassium, magnesium, carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene.
Watermelon and hypertension
Watermelon is a great source of potassium, and extremely low in sodium. Natural sources of potassium help the heart and is beneficial for patients with high blood pressure. Watermelon with red flesh is a significant source of lycopene. Researchers recommend to increase the lycopene and beta-carotene your watermelon delivers by storing it at room temperature.
Watermelon, prostate cancer, and heart disease
Recent studies have linked lycopene to reducing the risk of prostate cancer and lowering inflammation that may cause hypertension and heart disease. A 180 gram (6.3 ounce) serving of watermelon is said to provide between 8 and 20 mg of lycopene, making it a rich source of the carotenoid.
About Erectile Dysfunction (Impotence)
Erectile Dysfunction (ED, "male impotence") is sexual dysfunction when a man can't get / keep an erection of his penis during sexual performance. Erectile dysfunction can be caused by stroke, diabetes (high blood sugar), hypertension (high blood pressure), atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), stress, anxiety or depression, alcohol and tobacco use, multiple sclerosis, parkinson's disease, radiation therapy to the testicles, fatigue, some prescription medications, such as antidepressants, pain medicine and medicine for high blood pressure, etc. Psychological causes of ED include anxiety, depression, relationship problems, etc.
Watermelon to treat erectile dysfunction (ED)?
Watermelon viagra? According to a researcher in 2008, watermelon may be a natural Viagra. That's because the popular summer fruit is richer than experts believed in an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED). According to Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station, when watermelon is consumed, citrulline is converted to arginine through certain enzymes. Arginine is an amino acid that works wonders on the heart and circulation system and maintains a good immune system, Patil said. “The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Patil. “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.” How much watermelon does it take to treat erectile dysfunction (ED)? The researcher doesn't have an answer for that. He does know that a typical 4-ounce serving of watermelon (about 10 watermelon balls) has about 150 milligrams of citrulline. But he can't say how much citrulline is needed to have Viagra-like effects.
Watermelon seeds contain cucurbocitrin to aid in lowering blood pressure and improve kidney function. Watermelon seeds are excellent sources of protein and oil. Watermelon seed is about 50% oil, 35% protein, and 5% dietary fibre. Watermelon seed is also rich in micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients such as potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, zinc etc. In China watermelon seeds are one of the most common snack foods, competing with sunflower seeds, and sold roasted and seasoned. In Asian countries, roasted watermelon seeds are either seasoned and eaten as a snack food or ground up into cereal and used to make bread. In West Africa, they are pressed for oil, and are popular in egusi soup and other dishes.
Health Benefits of Watermelon
+ rich in antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals
+ very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium
+ lycopene may help prevent prostate cancer, heart disease, and other serious diseases
+ arginine to treat erectile dysfunction (ED) and maybe even prevent it
+ nitric oxide relaxes blood vessels, lowering high blood pressure
+ contains very few calories makes the watermelon perfect for a diet
+ rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production
+ Watermelon seeds contain cucurbocitrin to aid in lowering blood pressure and improve kidney function.
Cons of Watermelon
Watermelons contain a significant amount of citrulline and after consumption of several kg an elevated concentration is measured in the blood plasma, this could be mistaken for citrullinaemia or other urea cycle disorder. Watermelon is low in calories. A large portion of the calories in this fruit come from sugars. However, Watermelon is not a commonly allergenic food, is not known to contain measurable amounts of oxalates or purines.
Fresh watermelon can be eaten in a variety of ways
+ Just eat as is, with the flesh can be sliced, cubed or scooped into balls.
+ Drinking watermelon juice is an alternative to enjoy watermelons. Make sure it's a pure juice with no added salt or sugar.
+ You can also add watermelon to your salad.
+ it is also often used to flavor summer drinks and smoothies.
Square watermelons, pyramid watermelons, densuke watermelon, yellow watermelons, seedless watermelons, or whatever varieties, Watermelon is still one of the best fruits with many beneficial effects.