Watermelon: It’s More Than Just A Perfect Summer Fruit

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Watermelons have turned out to be synonymous with freshness, summer and picnics, all for a good reason. This post will make you want a watermelon shake after reading! Their refreshing quality and sweet taste help battle the heat and they also offer a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults to indulge in.

Fun fact: Did you know that watermelons are part vegetable and part fruit?

Talk about an overachiever!

Watermelons are mostly water, about 92 percent of, but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. This must be so good for hydration!

Watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s particularly vital for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well. Remember that the redder your watermelon gets, the higher the concentration of lycopene becomes.

Here are the most common benefits of watermelon:

  • Blood pressure: Watermelon extract supplementation reduced ankle blood pressure, brachial blood pressure and carotid wave reflection in obese middle-aged adults with prehypertension. Diets rich in lycopene, including watermelons, may help defend heart disease.
  • Cancer: As an outstanding source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help battle the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
  • Skin: Watermelon is also wonderful because of the vitamin A that it contains!  Vitamin A is essential for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair. Watermelon’s content of vitamin C also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.
  • Asthma prevention: The risks for developing asthma are lesser in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients.
  • Kidney disorders: Watermelons are full of a lot of potassium, which is very supportive in cleaning or washing out the toxic depositions in the kidneys.
  • Muscle soreness: Watermelon and watermelon juice have been revealed to diminish muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes.
  • Inflammation: Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
  • Digestion and regularity: Watermelon, because of its water and fiber content, helps to put a stop to constipation and help regularity for a healthy digestive tract.
  • Hydration: Of course, since it is made up of 92% water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is a great snack to during the hot summer months to put off dehydration.

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Watermelon is by far, one of the most powerful, delicious, body-healing fruits out there! The astonishing health benefits of watermelon wrap everything from your brain all the way to the cells in your feet. It’s not just for summer, although watermelons always complement summer time.

Make sure to look for a watermelon that is firm, heavy and symmetrical without soft spots or bruising – to enjoy the most of it along with the benefits it can offer!

Reference:

http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=31

http://news.health.com/2014/07/01/5-things-you-didnt-know-about-watermelon/

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