Summer is almost here, and watermelon is a great tasting summer treat. The great news is that watermelon has some powerful health benefits. It is a cousin to cucumbers, squash and pumpkins.
Watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes.
Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. It has been proven to be excellent for cardiovascular health, prostate health, and breast health. A half cup contains 6.5 mg.
One study showed that men with the highest blood levels of lycopene where 55 percent less likely to have a stroke than those with the lowest levels.
A 2014 meta-analysis showed the lycopene may protect against ovarian cancer in post-menopausal woman.
Watermelon contains high levels of l-citrulline which is an amino acid.
L-Citrulline can help prevent muscle pain, boost Nitric Oxide Levels better than L-arginine and through this action can lower blood pressure and help treat erectile dysfunction. In fact, watermelon is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Viagra”. The rind contains even more citrulline than the pink flesh so you can grind it in a blender and add some lime for a healthy refreshing drink.
So - eat your watermelon while it is available!