Benefits of watermelon
Benefits of watermelon
Let’s look at the benefits of water melons at a glance:
- It is an excellent source of Vitamin A & C through its concentration of beta-carotene
- It is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose while sweating
- Watermelons are fat free but helps us in building energy
- It is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium that fights again many diseases
- Surprisingly watermelons are the only that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable
- Watermelons are packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature
- Food experts recommend this fruit as a good source of vitamin B6, B1 and magnesium and since the water content in this fruit is as high as 90% so the caloric value is ranked over other fruits
- The antioxidants in watermelon help in reducing asthma
- Watermelons have a cooling effect and is high in citruline, an amino acid that our bodies use to make arginine, another amino acid which is used in the urea cycle to remove ammonia from the body
- This fruit produces lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red and also helps in reducing the risks of prostate cancer
- Being rich in Vitamin A & C, it prevents blindness
A watermelon is a great summer fruit that promotes itself as a delectable thirst quencher and a colorful, aromatic fruit. It is essentially a summer fruit but nowadays is available throughout the year though it is still the sweetest in summer. Watermelons are part of the Cucurbitaceous family just like cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins. They come in various shapes like round, oblong or spherical and have a green hard surface which is usually spotted or striped. The inside is pinkish peach in color with small brown seeds and sometimes seedless. It is moist, watery and soft inside. Thus sweet, juicy watermelon is packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature.
Watermelon is packed with essential vitamins like A and C through its concentration of beta-carotene. In fact high intake of Vitamin C and beta-carotene has shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, reduces the risks of colon cancer and alleviates some of the osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. In case you have even wondered why this fruit is called water-melon, this is because the fruit is very high in water content, around 92% water and it is fleshy, crunchy and a favorite thirst- quenching fruit. The scientific name for watermelon is Citrullis lanatus. The best thing about this fruit is that it is very low in saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium and is a great source of potassium. The calories that come from this fruit is from its sugar content.