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Watermelon Health Benefits & Tips

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Watermelon Health Benefits & Tips

Everyone loves a big piece of thirst-quenching watermelon on a hot day; it is so refreshing.  I love watermelon and can easily eat a quarter of one in one sitting!

“When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what angels eat.” –Mark Twain

Did you know that is it also nutrition packed too? Yes, watermelon is 92 percent water, but that other 8 percent is filled with good nutrition and amazing health benefits; so many benefits that we consider it a powerfood and give weekend web Watermelon BootCamps with it.

Health Benefits of Watermelon:

1. Watermelon is extremely alkaline-forming in the body. There are a host of benefits to this.

2. Watermelon is the lycopene leader among fresh fruits and vegetables. Deep red varieties of watermelon have replaced the tomato as the lycopene king. The red pigment — also found in apricots, pink grapefruit, and papaya — is an important antioxidant. It has been found to be helpful in reducing the risk of prostate, breast, and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancer. Lycopene’s ability to neutralize singlet oxygen radicals was better then the antioxidant abilities of beta-carotene and vitamin E.  (Source: Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics in 1989)

3. Watermelon may have Viagra-like effect. It contains citrulline, which can trigger production of a compound in the body that helps relax the body’s blood vessels, in a way similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, according to a Texas A&M study.

4. Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis became widespread.

5. Watermelon is a very good source of potassium; it helps muscle and nerve function. It can ease inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

6. Watermelon is a certified heart healthy food by the American Heart Association.

I am so happy to know all the benefits to this favorite summer fruit of mine. Watermelon is often all I have for breakfast and it always amazes me that I feel full for hours afterwards.

It is also true that watermelon is high in sugar, with 10 grams per cup. But think about it, what is a better choice: a candy bar or a nutritious piece of watermelon?

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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4:37AM PDT on May 19, 2014

thanks for sharing

6:33PM PDT on Apr 2, 2014

Thank you. Watermelons are very good for health. If you are Arabian, you can read more about watermelons here

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12:40PM PDT on Aug 21, 2013

Thanks

10:16PM PDT on Jul 25, 2013

Thanks for sharing

4:40PM PDT on Jul 6, 2013

Like others, I never knew my favorite fruit/veggie was so loaded with good things. Now won't feel guilty for eating so much!

12:20AM PDT on Jun 19, 2013

Hi I was searching for the blogs for many times, now I have reached at the right place.
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6:55AM PDT on Jun 18, 2013

Watermelon is my favorite , great info thanks

2:28PM PDT on May 23, 2013

good info to know.

2:21PM PDT on May 23, 2013

Watermelon is my favorite fruit. Thank you for the nutritional information. I had no idea is was loaded with so many important vitamins and minerals. (p, t)

6:07AM PDT on May 10, 2013

Great to know - I love watermelon!

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