The Fruit That Works Like Viagra

Here’s a stimulating study: researchers at Texas A&M University found that watermelon may have similar effects as Viagra.  The scientists credit a variety of ingredients that collectively stimulate blood vessels and may increase libido.

Watermelon contains a variety of nutrients like beta carotene and phytonutrients like lycopene (which research incidentally also links to a healthy prostate) and citrulline.  Lesser-known citrulline is still being studied to determine its health effects but researchers find that it relaxes blood vessels in the same way Viagra does.

Says Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station: “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

When citrulline is consumed, it is converted to arginine in the body.  Arginine is an amino acid that is well known for its beneficial heart, circulation, and immune system effects.  It is also beneficial for obesity and type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Patil adds: “Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.”

 

Related:
Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon
Secrets of Cutting a Watermelon (video)
Watermelon For Erectile Dysfunction

160 comments

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen4 years ago

Thank you :)

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Robyn H.
Robyn H4 years ago

Very interesting!

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Jonathan Harper
Jonathan H4 years ago

ty

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ER C.
ER C4 years ago

wow

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Teresa Wlosowicz
Teresa W4 years ago

Yum! (not necessarily as an aphrodisiac)

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Mary T.
Mary T4 years ago

will stuff my partner with lots of watermelon...LOL

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Svetlana B.
Svetlana B4 years ago

:) he he thanks now I know :) noted

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Laura Saxon
.4 years ago

I didn't know that. Thanks for sharing.

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Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks

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Christine D.
Christine D4 years ago

I'll never look at a watermelon the same way again!

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