Watermelons: Its Health Benefits

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34No doubt that fruits and vegetables are one of man,s healthiest food. fruits and vegetables comes in varieties with their different benefits. They help to cure diseases, maintain metabolism and build up body tissues. they are a good source of vitamins, minerals and fiber. Among the common consumed fruits in  Nigeria is the Watermelon.watermelons are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae.

One of the reasons for consuming watermelons is that it helps lower the risks for developing asthma. People who consume a high amount  of vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables including watermelon are not prone to develop the disease.

The American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extract supplementation reduced ankle blood pressure, brachial blood pressure and carotid wave reflection in obese middle-aged adults with prehypertension or stage 1 hypertensson and that watermelon extract improved arterial function. Diets rich in lycopene may help protect against heart disease.

As an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostrate cancer prevention in several studies.

Watermelon, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent contispation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Made up of 92% water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration

Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflamation

Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely do to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in watermelon.

Watermelon is also great for your skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Adequate intake of vitamin C (one cup of watermelon provides 21% of daily needs) is also needed for the building and maintenance of collagen , which provides structure to skin and hair. Watermelon also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.

 

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