At the moment it is everywhere: the watermelon is a trendy fruit and health booster. During the summer months there is nothing better than a piece of cold, fresh watermelon. Why we look forward to it is because our body has a natural desire for it. Because the watermelon has a lot to offer and brings ours metabolism only really on the move. How does she do it? We clarify.
What makes watermelon so healthy?
This fruit has many benefits. Watermelon is rich in vitamins A, B1, B6 and C and is also an important source of histochemical lycopene and the amino acid L-citrulline. Watermelon also contains small amounts of minerals like potassium and magnesium. The fact that it is 92 percent water, low in sodium and free of fat and cholesterol only makes it healthier. A cup full (a good 250 grams) has just 40 calories. Did you also know that the watermelon fiber is good for your digestive tract? A real Superfood also.
Watermelon keeps the heart healthy
Speaking of lycopene and L-citrulline: While lycopene provides the red color (antioxidants) and works as a radical scavenger in the body, L-citrulline dilates the blood vessels. Lycopene is also contained in tomatoes, grapefruits and Co. However, the bioavailability of no other fruit or vegetable is as high as that of watermelon. L-Citrulline, on the other hand, converts to L-arginine in the kidneys, increases the arginine level and thus increases the production of nitrogen oxide. This is what the body needs for vasodilation. And so citrulline plays an important role in heart health.
Watermelon as a beauty booster for skin and hair
Vitamins C and A, which are also in abundance in watermelon, are a growth booster for hair and skin. Vitamin C, for example, plays a major role in collagen production, acts as a wrinkle killer and at the same time protects the skin from sun damage. It gives the hair more density (volume) and allows it to grow healthily. Vitamin A, on the other hand, keeps the skin supple and counteracts dryness and thus prevents flaky skin.
Other benefits of watermelon
- Watermelon can help prevent cancer. Because the strong antioxidant property frees the body from free radicals, which in turn can cause cancer – as proven by several studies.
- Watermelon also improves heart health. And that by reducing oxidative stress with the lycopene extract and thus reducing diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases.
- Watermelon is also considered a booster for the immune system. Around 500 grams of the super fruit provide 30 percent of the daily vitamin C and vitamin B6 recommendations and thus strengthen the immune system.
- It also relieves muscle pain, because the citrulline in the watermelon relaxes the blood vessels and improves blood circulation.
- Did you also know that watermelon is a natural Viagra remedy? Because what citrulline does for the blood flow to the heart can also do it for erectile dysfunction – at least it has already been proven in studies to be an effective aid for mild erectile dysfunction.
Be careful when eating watermelon!
Like everything in life, eating watermelons has two sides. And that’s why we should at least briefly consider the negative properties. Diabetics and kidney sufferers should be careful with this food due to the diuretic properties of watermelon. It also contains potassium, which is particularly harmful for diabetics. The high glycemic index can also cause the glucose level to rise quickly. Also bad for diabetics.
An excess of lycopene is also of concern for healthy people. Because this can lead to flatulence, nausea, vomiting and diarrhea in the long run. You shouldn’t eat more than two cups of watermelon a day.