7 Reasons to drink more watermelon
Watermelon has been the main contributor to overall health for generations, but is somewhat passed over as simply a favorite summertime fruit. With the medical backing of Gastroenterologist Dr. Rajiv Sharma and Urologist Dr. David Hall, among many other health professionals, the nutritional content and all natural health benefits of watermelon are becoming more apparent to consumers, resulting in watermelon as the next fruit to take the number one spot in grocery stores, specialty markets and homes around the world. The top seven essential reasons to drink more watermelon include the following:
1. Cardiovascular System and Heart
Watermelon is excellent for your cardiovascular system and heart health in general. When you consume large amounts of it, your blood flow is improved resulting in the relaxation of blood flow. The high Vitamin C content assists with preventing the hardening of arteries and increases the elasticity of the blood vessel as well as decreases inflammation. All of this can prevent high blood pressure and heart disease with the support of The American Heart Association efforts.
2. Reduce Body Fat
The regular consumption of watermelon can reduce body fat due to its high concentration of citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that converts to arginine when it is absorbed by the body. When citrulline is consumed it has the ability to block the activity of tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphate, which makes our fat cells create less fat. That in turn helps prevent the over accumulation of body fat. Citrulline also increases your heart health from being a vassal dilator, which helps your veins and vessels in the body. WebMD agrees with the benefits of Citrulline. Click here to find out more!
Watermelons are a great all natural source of electrolytes. Because of this they make an amazing post workout treat, both hydrating and delicious for the body. Try blending watermelon and mint for a delicious, nutritious, refreshing all natural “sports drink.” Watermelon helps you power your diet!
This sweet pink fruit is great for your eyesight. It is an excellent source of Vitamin A, B and C which is are the most essential vitamins for vision. It is also required for maintaining healthy skin, mucus membranes and can also protect against lung and oral cavity cancers. Watermelon is all about your vision!
5. Relaxes Blood Vessels
Watermelon could be a natural equivalent to Viagra. That’s right. It may not be as organ specific as Viagra, but it relaxes the blood vessels in a very similar fashion. While there is not enough research to show that it can assist those with erectile dysfunction, there is some research to back this up. Going back to what was mentioned above about citrulline; Bhimu Patil, PHD who is the director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre at Texas A&M University College Station, stated that “the amino acid citrulline is converted into the amino acid arginine, this is a precursor for nitric oxide and will help in blood vessel dilation.” Keep in mind this is only one study, but may be something to ponder at your next summer picnic. Once again, WebMD proves that watermelon is indeed a natural vessel dilator. Click here to find out more.
6. Cancer Prevention
It can assist in the prevention of certain cancers. Because of its extremely high amount of the antioxidant lycopene, studies have shown that people who have diets that are high in tomatoes and watermelons have a lower risk of contracting cancer in the stomach, lungs and especially the prostate. Lycopene can also assist with reducing “bad” cholesterol. Click Here to watch a personal video of a cancer survivor who has proven that Tsamma is essential to the body.
7. Lymphatic System
Melons in general are great for cleansing the lymphatic system. Eating watermelons or drinking juiced watermelons is a great way to cleanse and clear your lymphatic system. This is an important thing to do because your lymphatic system is like a sewage system for cellular waste and toxins within the body.
There you have it! Seven (out of many more) reasons to consider drinking more watermelon! Enjoy!