8 Health Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon delivers an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals. It is also incredibly hydrating and is naturally low-fat.
Make watermelon part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing health benefits ranging from improving cardiovascular health to boosting your immune system.
Here are some of the health benefits of watermelon:
Cardiovascular And Bone Health
Watermelon contains lycopene which is especially important for our cardiovascular health. It is recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming watermelon has also been linked to improved cardiovascular function as it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure).
Dietary lycopene (from foods like tomatoes and watermelon) reduces oxidative stress. This can reduce activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts (two major bone cells involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis). This results in stronger bones for those who consume lycopene-rich foods.
Watermelon is also quite rich in potassium, which can help to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger joints and bones.
Reduces Body Fat
Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid, which has been shown to reduce accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline converts into arginine with help from our kidneys. When our body absorbs citrulline, it can start converting into arginine if required.
Citrulline has the ability to block TNAP (Tissue-Nonspecific Alkaline Phosphatase) activity which makes our fat cells create less fat and as such can help to prevent over-accumulation of body fat.
Anti-Inflammatory And Antioxidant Support
Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds such as carotenoids, flavonoids and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is especially beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals.
Watermelon also contains the triterpenoid cucurbitacin E, which provides anti-inflammatory support by blocking cyclo-oxygenase enzymes activity.
Riper watermelons contain higher amounts of these beneficial phenolic compounds.
Diuretic And Kidney Support
Watermelon is a natural diuretic which can help to increase urine flow, but, unlike alcohol and caffeine, does not strain the kidneys.
Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia – waste from protein digestion – which helps easing strain on the kidneys and getting rid of excess fluids.
Muscle And Nerve Support
Watermelon is rich in potassium and is therefore a great natural electrolyte and helps to regulate the activities of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium helps to control the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract and controls the excitation of nerves.
Watermelons have an alkaline-forming effect on our body when they are fully ripe. Eating lots of alkaline-forming foods (such as fruits and vegetables) can help reduce your risk of developing diseases caused by high-acid diets (meat, eggs, dairy).
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