Americans love their watermelons, they’re at the top of the list of most consumed melons, with cantaloupes and honeydews on second and third place, lagging behind. They love this amazing fruit so much that there’s even a National watermelon month in the US, July.
There are over 300 types of watermelons in the US and Mexico and each and every one of them is delicious. But aside from being delicious and refreshing, this fruit has many health benefits to offer as well.
HERE ARE 6 AMAZING FACTS ABOUT WATERMELON YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW
1. THEY CONTAIN MORE LYCOPENE THAN TOMATOES
We know all about lycopene and its benefits, it’s a powerful antioxidant and the main culprit when it comes to the fruits and veggies’ pink and red color. Even though we normally associate lycopene with tomatoes it turns out that watermelon contains higher amounts of this carotenoid. To be more precise, one cup of watermelon contains 1,5 times more lycopene than a cup of tomatoes.
2. WATERMELON JUICE RELIEVES MUSCLE SORENESS
Aside from lycopene, watermelons are rich in an amino acid called l-citrulline that relieves and prevents muscle soreness. So you might want to grab a glass of watermelon juice the next time you plan to exercise.
One study showed that people who drank natural watermelon juice before their workout sessions eliminated muscle soreness and fatigue compared to those who drank a placebo. Just be carefull not to overdo it because the juice is also rich in fructose.
3. IT’S BOTH A FRUIT AND A VEGETABLE
This amazing fruit/veggie is actually linked to squash, cucumbers and pumpkins so it’s one part fruit and one part vegetable as well.
4. WATERMELON RIND AND SEEDS ARE EATABLE
While we’re used to throwing out the watermelon rinds, we should instead toss it in a blender, add some limes and prepare the tastiest, healthiest and most refreshing drink in the world. As a matter of fact, the rinds contain more citrulline than the flesh as well as lots of chlorophyll.
Our kidneys, turn the citrulline into arginine, a vital compound for our cardiovascular and immune. Moreover, this compound has shown to be beneficial for over 100 health problems with amazing effects.
But not just the rind, the black seeds are also edible and contain nutrients like protein, fibers, iron and zinc.
5. WATERMELONS ARE 91% WATER
Since they’re mostly made from water, eating this fruit in the summer is an excellent way to hydrate your organism and stay active all day long. But even if you eat watermelons often don’t forget to drink water as well because they’re not a substitute, just a good addition.
6. THERE ARE YELLOW WATERMELON
One of the most popular types of watermelon is crimson sweet but many people don’t know that the yellow crimson is much sweeter. Both are super beneficial and healthy so if you have a sweet tooth, opt for the latter.
LYCOPENE: THE SUPER NUTRIENT IN WATERMELON
It’s been scientifically proven that lycopene is a more powerful antioxidant than beta carotene and similar carotenoids. One study that examined the effects of lycopene showed that subjects that had the highest levels of lycopene had a 55% lower risk of having a stroke.
According to a meta-analysis conducted in 2014 people who had high levels of lycopene had a lower risk of stroke by 19%. Aside from decreasing the risk of stroke, as a powerful antioxidant lycopene has certain anti-cancer effects as well. Moreover, numerous studies have shown that lycopene reduces the risk of ovarian cancer especially for women past their menopause.
WATERMELON EXTRACT MAY SIGNIFICANTLY REDUCE BLOOD PRESSURE
As it was stated in one study, watermelon supplements have shown to reduce the aortic blood pressure in addition to lowering the myocardial oxygen demand during cold pressure test performance. This means that watermelon and its supplements have shown cardio protective properties and are recommended for people with heart problems.
WATERMELON ARE BENEFICIAL AGAINST INFLAMMATION AND GOOD FOR SEXUAL HEALTH
L-arginine is a compound that relaxes the blood vessels and this can play an important role against erectile dysfunction. It’s no wonder that many people call the watermelon a natural Viagra. Citrulline supplements have been shown to result with improved erection hardness in people with erectile dysfunction.
Other beneficial compounds in watermelon include anti-inflammatory cucurbitacin E and tripterpenoid as well as vitamin, magnesium, potassium, vitamin B6 and vitamin A.
PICK THE BEST WATERMELON FROM THE STAND
If you don’t know how to pick the right watermelon just follow these simple tips:
- a good watermelon should have a smooth rind and a dull top
- needs to be heavy for its size
- When you thump it, it should give a hollow sound