Watermelon is a tender, warm-season vegetable that can be grown in all parts of the country. And contrary to popular beliefs, watermelon does not only contain water and sugar. It is actually considered a nutrient dense food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories. Some of which include the lycopene which especially important for our cardiovascular and bone health.
Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline and betaine. While there’s a strong debate over whether watermelon is a vegetable or a fruit, many of us consider watermelon to be both.
It is important note that all..and i mean ALL parts; flesh from the centre, the stem end, the blossom end (opposite from the stem), and the periphery (the part nearest to the rind) of the watermelon contain impressive concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C.
So here are some amazing benefits of this fruit
1. Aids with weight loss
Eating watermelon is a great way to cleanse your body and shed some weight. Watermelons are low in calories and high in water and this helps with weight loss.
2. Skin: Watermelon is great for your skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.
– Adequate intake of vitamin C (one cup of watermelon provides 21% of daily needs) is also needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. It also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.
– Because of its Vitamin A content, watermelon helps to boost your eyesight power and it protects your eyes from various infections.
3. Brain power:
Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin B6, which is vital for normal brain function. Moreover, the water percentage in this delicious fruit is similar to the water percentage in the brain.
4. Muscle soreness
Studies show that watermelon juice can help to reduce muscle soreness cause it is one of the highest sources of citrulline, which helps to improve artery function and reduce blood pressure. If you have a muscle soreness, consider drinking water juice.
5. Anti-Inflammatory and antioxidant benefits
The lycopene in watermelon is a inhibitor of many inflammatory processes, including the production of pro-inflammatory messaging molecules that can lead to increased inflammatory response, and the activity of molecular signalling agents.
As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer prevention in several studies.
7. Digestion and excretion:
Because of its water and fiber content, watermelon helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.