The Juicy Facts of Watermelon

by Mel on June 16, 2015

Summertime has arrived in full swing, and so has the fruits of this earth! No other produce screams summer quite like a juicy slice of watermelon, due to its refreshing sweetness and burst of color that adds a bit of brightness to your plate.

WatermelonWatermelon is one of the most powerful, body-healing fruits out there, as it is naturally low in fat, and incredibly hydrating containing 92% water! The amazing health benefits of watermelon cover everything from your brain all the way to the cells in your feet.

Lowers Body Fat

The citrulline in watermelon reduces the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat.

Promotes Eye Health

Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene, which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as preventing night blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.

Bone and Cardiovascular Health

The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for our cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming generous amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow. Dietary lycopene reduces oxidative stress which normally reduces the activity of the two major bone cells involved in the development of osteoporosis. Watermelon is also rich in potassium which helps to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.

Full of Vitamin C

The vitamin C content in watermelon is astoundingly high. Vitamin C is great at improving our immune system by maintaining the redox integrity of cells and protecting them from damaging our cells and DNA. The role of vitamin C in healing wounds has also been noted in numerous studies because it is essential to the formation of new connective tissue. The enzymes involved in forming collagen (the main component of wound healing) cannot function without vitamin C. If you are suffering from any slow-healing wounds, increase your consumption of a vitamin C heavy fruit.

Diuretic and Kidney Support

Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys. Watermelon helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.

Nerve and Muscle Support

Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and consequentially helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium determines the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract, and controls the amount of energy of nerves in our body.

So it’s safe to say that watermelon should be placed on your picnic table often this summer. Make this melon a part of your diet and you will reap amazing benefits!

Mel

Mel

Health Contributor at Creative Bioscience
I always look forward to expressive my passions in life to others and helping people make lasting changes. I live a busy life like the rest of us with kids, work, and everything else that can get in the way. Making time for exercise, and making good decisions about what we eat can often be a challenge. We sometimes lack the motivation and momentum to make lasting changes in our lives. I've been fortunate enough to really get my life in order and have some simple strategies to help you do the same. Mel's favorite product is Garcinia Cambogia 1234
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