Why Watermelon May want to be your new go to fruit
Watermelons are enjoyed by families across the country, mostly during the summer months, but are there other reasons to eat them beyond their delicious taste? We’ve done a little digging, and once you realize the additional benefits, watermelon may be your new go-to fruit!
Watermelon is composed of 92% water, the single most vital substance for human life. Even though you probably won’t meet your daily water intake goals just from eating watermelon, anything that helps you hydrate is never a bad thing!
Boost Your Immune System
Watermelon is packed with a giant dose of glutathione, nicknamed the “Mother of all Antioxidants,” and for good reason. Glutathione helps boost the immune system and prevents damage to important steps in cells development by preventing free radicals from fully developing.
Lycopene, a pigment that helps give red fruits and vegetables their color, is another phytochemical found in watermelon. Lycopene is usually associated with tomatoes, but a significant amount of the cancer-fighting antioxidant is also found in our favorite big green melon.
One benefit of watermelon that has been discovered in recent years is increased blood flow, improving circulation and cardiovascular health. This occurs from the presence of an amino acid known as citrulline. One cup of watermelon is said to contain about 250 milligrams of citrulline. The body’s organs, notably the kidneys, convert the citrulline into arginine, another amino acid. Though the effects are greater in those with low arginine levels, an increase in arginine is known to improve blood flow and cardiovascular health in general. There is even preliminary evidence that greater conversion of citrulline into arginine might actually help prevent excess fat accumulation in fat cells due to blocked activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase. (TNAP)
Natural skin product
Though most of the benefits of this super fruit come from its consumption, the natural substances that it is composed of make it a great option for skin care. With all of the vitamins and minerals it contains, there are many benefits it can provide; it works as a natural toner, has anti-aging properties, hydrates the skin, reduces excess oil, cures acne, and is even said to help promote hair growth.