Watermelon-A healthy fruit
Nothing is more refreshing than a cool slice of watermelon in summers.
Watermelon is high in antinflammatory antioxidant Lycopene (6.5 mg in less than half a cup) which has long been linked against reducing risk of stroke and ovarian cancers. Lycopene is an antioxidant that gives it a pink or red colour.
Other nutrients it provides are VitA, Vit C, Vit B6, Potassium and Magnesium.
- Studies have shown that drinking a glass of watermelon juice before a workout protects against muscle soreness. This is due to I-citrulline an amino acid which prevents pain.
- You can also eat watermelon rind as a vegetable or blend it with lime for added citrulline. The rind also has chlorophyll which promotes health and forms blood.
- Citrulline has many health benefits in addition to being heart healthy and building a strong immune system.
- Watermelon seeds are a source of nutrients like Iron, zinc, protein and fibre. You should actually eat the seeds also as they are very healthy.
- Watermelon is more than 91% water and is a great fruit to prevent dehydration.
- Obese participants of a study showed improved blood pressure and cardiac health.
- Watermelon should be enjoyed in moderation as one-sixteenth medium watermelon provides 11.3 gms Fructose. So overweight, diabetics and high bp patients should be careful with the quantity and keep fructose below 15gms a day.
- How to choose a watermelon-Take one with a pale buttery-yellow spot at the bottom.
It should be heavy and must have a dull top.
- Cut watermelon should always be refrigerated and always store uncut one in a cool place.
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