ABCD of the popular summer fruit

FM Bureau | 01-April-2014

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Some people avoid watermelon because they assume that it has high levels of sugar. However, the sweet red-fleshed fruit is found to be associated with a wide range of benefits. Its therapeutic properties include ability to improve male potency, prevent cardiovascular disease and relieve muscle soreness

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Researchers at Florida State University found that watermelon is effective in preventing prehypertension (which can lead to cardiovascular disease). The lead author of the study, Professor Arturo Figueroa, said: Watermelon is the richest edible natural source of L-citrulline, which is closely related to L-arginine, the amino acid required for the formation of nitric oxide essential to the regulation of vascular tone and healthy blood pressure.

Relieves muscle soreness

Eating watermelon could be an effective means of alleviating the pain associated with muscle soreness. A study, published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, revealed that eating watermelon can help treat post-exercise muscle soreness because of its high levels of L-citrulline. 

Improves erectile function

A study conducted by researchers at Texas A&M found that phytonutrients in watermelon can relax blood vessels in the same way Viagra does. The authors of the study said: Weve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.

Vitamin rich

The flesh of a sweet watermelon is delicious, but the peel is equally good. The white rind part has huge amounts of citrulline, an amino acid that is rich in vitamin C, beta carotene and lycopene, and it also contains amounts of Thiamaine, Riboflavin, vitamin A, Niacin, vitamin B6, Calcium, Iron, and Zinc too! Just saute the rinds in oil, season with salt, pepper and red chilli flakes to enjoy it.

Store the fruit outside fridge

It might be better to store your watermelons outside the fridge. A group of researchers at the USDA Agricultural Research Service found that watermelons are a lot more nutritious when they are stored at room temperature as opposed to being refrigerated.


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