In the summertime, watermelons are no less than a blessing. These giant big balls bring back the fond memories from childhood of digging our hands into its fleshy goodness and eventually spilling them all over in the process of eating them. And, of course the silly joke that a tree would come out of our mouth if we swallow its seed. Watermelon’s high water content and nutritional value make it a popular choice during summer. It is a rich source of vitamins A, B6 and C, lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
We dug around a little and found out amazing benefits of eating this delicious fruit. Read on to know more.
RICHEST SOURCE OF LYCOPENE
Watermelons are rich in lycopene which is a strong antioxidant. Lycopene is a carotenoid which provides the red colour to the fruit.
1. Cardiovascular health by improving blood flow.
2. Protects the skin from the harmful effect of the UV rays.
3. Has the ability to reduce the level of LDL, aka bad cholesterol.
4. Improves bone health by reducing oxidative stress, and are emerging as an alternative natural treatment for the prevention and management of osteoporosis.
CLEANSES THE KIDNEYS
Due to its high water and mineral content, watermelon aids in keeping kidneys healthy. Potassium present in watermelons removes toxic elements from the body and abandons renal calculi and reduces the percentage of uric acid present in the blood.
HELPS REDUCE WEIGHT
It’s high on water and mineral content, fat-free, very low in sodium and low in calories which make it a healthy snack that keeps you full.
HELPS COMBAT CANCER
Watermelon is rich in many antioxidants and flavonoids which gives protection against some types of cancers like colon, breast, lung, pancreatic etc.
GOOD FOR EYESIGHT
Watermelon is a rich source of beta-carotene, which the body converts into Vitamin A. It is also a source of vitamin C, which keeps you away from infections.
PREVENTS HEAT STROKE
Summer is infamous for its heat stroke and dehydration, which leads to severe health problems. Watermelon with its high water content comes as a saviour to protect you from dehydration.
REMOVES MUSCLE SORENESS
Watermelon juice helps reduce muscle soreness and heart rate. Therefore, it is popular with athletes before a workout session.
Asthma patients world over have benefitted from Vitamin C and watermelons have very high in Vitamin C.
AIDS IN DIGESTION
Watermelon is high on fibre thus helps to prevent constipation and help maintain a healthy digestive tract.
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