Healthy benefits of Watermelon
Botanically, Watermelon is a berry which belongs to Cucurbitaceae family ( Citrullus lanatus ) .It is originated in South Africa . It is cultivated widely in India and China. China is world’s single largest watermelon producer.
Watermelon is a succulent & fleshy fruit enjoyed during summer to beat the scorching heat. It is a great snack to have on hand during this season.
It is a power packed fruit loaded with 30 k calories ,minerals and essential nutrients , Its rich in vitamin C 10% , 90% water , 6% sugar, vitamin A , choline , Zinc & fluoride . Minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, Lycopene.
Watermelon reduces muscle soreness
It contains amino acid L-citrulline which produces muscle soreness, pain and maintains the recovery time following exercise in athletes.
It reduces the formation of plaque in blood, prevents cholesterol from clogging arteries and increase the high density lipoproteins ( HDL – Good cholesterol ) , thus prevents heart attack , stroke, and reduces blood pressure .
Watermelon is rich in vitamin A and vitamin C . Vitamin A contains beta_carotene , which increases eye vision and nourishes retina. Vitamin A is required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Vitamin C prevents retinal damage, night blindness, macular degeneration , glaucoma and dry eye syndrome from free radicals.
It boosts immunity and reduces infections like cold and flu . It is rich in vitamin C , thus, helping preventing asthma.
Protects from cancer
Vitamin C & A are highly effective in protecting the body from free radicals which damage the cells during stress. They protect the skin from ultraviolet rays , thus preventing cancer like prostate, breast, endometrial, colon, pancreas, lung and oral cavity.
Good for Kidney
As it’s a diuretic fruit , it reduces the formation of renal calculi, cleanses uric acid in the blood. Due to its water content, it cleanses the kidney resulting in frequent urination .
It decreases water retention and bloating.
It neutralizes the inflammatory particles known as free redicals.
Good for nervous system
It balances the fluid level .
Acts as Viagra in men
It contains arginine which relaxes the blood vessels , improves sexual stamina, thus , preventing impotence and erectile dysfunction.
It reduces dehydration, replaces the fluids and minerals lost during sweating.
It’s a low calorie sweet fruit with high water content.
As watermelon is rich in potassium and magnesium, it helps in functioning of insulin in body, thus , lowering blood sugar level.
Rich in vitamin B6, 92% water, so it normalizes sleep patterns and alleviates stress and depression. It contains 4.1mg choline which helps sleep, sharpens memory, muscle movement and learning . Choline maintains structure of cellular membranes and helps in transmission of nerve impulses .
Digestion and Regularity
Because of its high water and fibre content, it prevents constipation and helps in smooth bowel movement .
As watermelon rich in vitamin A and C , it helps in enhancement of beauty both internally and externally . It prevents wrinkles, fine lines and age spots as they neutralize the free radicals.
Apply piece of watermelon on your face, leave it for 10 minutes , wash with warm water and then splash of cold water.
It eases heart burns in pregnant women giving them instant relief .
It reduces swelling of hands and feet ( EDEMA ).
It reduces blockage in veins and muscles as it has high water content .
It alleviates morning sickness. IT IS BEST TO START THE DAY WITH GLASS OF WATERMELON JUICE FOR A PREGNANT WOMAN.
It prevents dehydration : It is advisable for a pregnant woman to drink plenty of water to prevent dehydration as it causes premature contractions resulting in premature birth.
Reduces muscle cramps .
Prevents pigmentation of skin .
Smooth bowel movements and proper digestion of food ,helps in maintaining skin texture .