The 5 health benefits of eating watermelon you never knew
Watermelon is a juicy fruit that mostly reminds people of summer, because of its high water content of approximately 92 percent. According to the Agricultural Marketing Resource Centre, The U.S. annual per capita consumption of watermelon is at approximately 14 pounds per person. But, besides being juicy and delicious, consuming watermelon is great for health. So, below are 5 health benefits of eating watermelon you never knew.
One of the health benefits of eating watermelon is because it has been reported to be a sexual enhancer used short-term. This is because the fruit relaxes blood vessels much like the drug Viagra, but without any side effects. In addition to that, Watermelon contains lycopene and other antioxidants that can help protect the prostate gland.
Another health benefit of eating watermelon is that it has the potential to lower cholesterol. Scientists observed that mice fed watermelon juice had their levels of bad cholesterol (LDL, low-density lipoprotein) lowered, and the accumulation of plaque in the arteries reduced.
3) watermelon is reportedly one of the ideal foods to combat chronic acid reflux (GERD)
The reason why watermelon is a great food to combat chronic acid reflux (GERD) is because Melons have a pH of 6.1 which makes them weakly acidic, and they are rich in magnesium, a mineral that is found in many reflux medications.
4) watermelon can Lower Blood Pressure
Recently, it has been reported that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against hypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease. This is because watermelon is rich in Citrulline which is a nonessential amino acid and antioxidant that is converted to another amino acid called arginine by special enzymes, and this reduces brachial blood pressure.
Last in the list of health benefits of eating watermelon, but equally important is the fact that colorful fruits, such as: watermelon are high in carotenoids and lycopene, which offer skin and eye protection from the sun.
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