Advantages of Eating Watermelon

Health benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is believed to have originated from the desert of Kalahari in South Africa where it was said to be first found and as explorer David Livingstone described it, it was where it had been abundant. Beta carotene and lycopene are abundant in watermelon. It is also a good source of vitamins B1, B6, pantothenic acid, biotin, magnesium, potassium, and dietary fibre.

A health conscious individual would love to take a look at the following for reference of nutrient contents that can be found in Watermelon:

NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Watermelon, raw

Nutritional value per 
100 g (3.5 oz)

NUTRITIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Watermelon, rawNutritional value per 

100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy127 kJ (30 kcal)

* Carbohydrates

7.55 g

Dietary fiber0.4 g

* Fat

0.15 g

* Protein

0.61 g

* Vitamin A equiv.

28 ?g

Thiamine (Vit. B1)0.033 mg

Riboflavin (Vit. B2)0.021 mg

Niacin (Vit. B3)0.178 mg

Pantothenic acid (B5)0.221 mg

* Vitamin B6

0.045 mg

* Folate (Vit. B9)

3 ?g

* Vitamin C

8.1 mg

* Calcium

7 mg

* Iron

0.24 mg

* Magnesium

10 mg

Phosphorus11 mg

Potassium112 mg

Zinc0.10 mg

Watermelon is also good for cancer prevention. Since it is abundant in lycopene, the more you eat Watermelon, the greater chances you have of staying away from cancer. Lycopene is actually a carotenoid full of anti-oxidants making it fight cancer cells. Daily consumption of carotenoid lycopene has been find out to lower risks of prostate cancer, and since this is found in Watermelon, we can infer that the more watermelon intake you have daily, the more safe you are from prostate cancer. Watermelon is also known to boost the immune system as well as a good cure for impotence. Studies show that watermelon improves sexual functions of men with impotence. This is because watermelon possesses Arginine which is known to improve sexual functions. Arginine found in watermelon has also been known to be good for the heart. Watermelon is also known to be good for the kidneys.

There are a lot of health benefits that can be derived from watermelon. Not only does it give you a healthy body, it also gives you a healthy drink that can quench your thirst on a hot sunny day. In tropical countries, watermelon thrives during summer making it readily available over the market.

So why settle for carbonated drinks and artificial juices when you can buy a watermelon and make juices out of it? It has been proven to be healthy as it fights cancer causing cells and gives you a lot of benefits for a good body function. It is indeed delightful to sip and relax over a watermelon juice you have made under the sun while enjoying the summer ambiance! 

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