Sunday, March 24, 2013

Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

Almost everyone loves watermelon.  The sweet red flesh can taste so wonderful, particularly on those warm and sunny summer days.  Something about the entire experience of eating a very flavorful watermelon brings out the best in our playful side.  It is not just an experience with eating a wonderful fruit, but it is also how we eat the melon.  So whether you slice it, dice it, or cut it into wedges, know that watermelons are among some of the healthiest foods you can eat.  Lets us explore some of their primary benefits.

The health benefits of watermelon
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The Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon

1.  Watermelons are full of many different types of vitamins.  It has an abundance of vitamin C which helps with strengthening immunity and works well with mending your wounds, teeth care, avoiding damage to your cells, and ensures your gums are radiant and healthy.  The melon also consists of vitamin A which can contribute to healthy eye care and acts as an antioxidant.  Along with those healthy doses of vitamins, watermelon also has something that improves brain function and helps you convert your protein to much needed energy.  Of course we are taking vitamin B6.
2.  While I have eaten many a watermelon, it never dawned on me that the red flesh had very healthy concentrations of something that acts as an antioxidant and helps ward off heart disease and some cancers, such as prostate cancer.  This substance watermelon has is called lycopene which is found in almost all vegetables and fruit.
3. Finally, one of the best things that a watermelon has and most athletes know this because they are always looking at replacing this natural substance is potassium.  Potassium is quite good at helping those muscles function they way they should and it also contributes to efficient nerve function.  Runners in particular enjoy the fact that watermelon can help balance out the body’s electrolyte and acid equilibrium.  Along with these benefits, it can also improve blood pressure.

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