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Health Benefits of Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus)

Watermelon has a reputation for being a delicious, juicy, and refreshing summer snack. It is not, however, usually thought of as a food that is rich in health benefits. Recent studies, however, are revealing just how healthy this tasty fruit can be, causing it to roll of the grocery shelves.

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Below you’ll learn about the many benefits that watermelon can provide you with.

1. Can Treat High Blood Pressure

Again, potassium in watermelon works to help lower blood pressure, along with the magnesium found in the fruit. Potassium is effective in lowering blood pressure because it is an effective vasodilator, meaning it reduces tension in the arteries and vessels, which thus improves blood flow. Carotenoids found in watermelon also help to prevent the hardening of veins and arteries, which reduces blood pressure and your risk of blood clots, stroke, heart attack, and more.

2. Supports Kidney Health

Potassium is needed by the body to help remove toxins from the kidneys and to reduce the uric acid in the blood. Specifically by reducing the uric acid in the blood, watermelon helps to prevent damage to the kidneys as well as any buildup of uric acid, which can lead to gout and/or arthritis. In addition, watermelon (because of its high water content) helps to flush out the kidneys and ensure regular urination.

3. May Prevent Cancer

The lycopene in watermelon is what gives it its reddish color, but it is also a phytonutrient that is believed to prevent cancer. An Increasing number of studies have shown that lycopene can reduce an individual’s risk of prostate, breast, colon, and lung cancers. Watermelon is also rich in vitamins and minerals, such as vitamin C, that help keep your body and immune system healthy, further reducing your chances of falling victim to cancer.

4. Supports a Healthy Heart

Lycopene, which you should be very familiar with by now, also supports heart health. The cholesterol-lowering and blood pressure-reducing effects of magnesium and potassium further support a healthy heart.

5. Diabetes

Watermelon can be very filling for its relatively low number of calories and sugar per serving, which is good news for a diabetic. In addition, potassium and magnesium help to regulate insulin functioning in the body, which helps to lower the overall blood sugar level.

6. Healthy Eyes

Eating watermelon on a regular basis will contribute to healthy eyes and a reduced risk of macular degeneration, thanks to the beta carotene, zeaxanthin, vitamin C, and lutein found in the fruit. These nutrients may also be able to prevent the onset of cataracts.

Clearly, watermelon is good not only for your taste buds, but for your health overall! Watermelon has even been suggested to help with libido and sexual impotence. The nutrients in watermelon also help to repair damaged tissues and ensure proper functioning of the organs. As if that wasn’t enough, it is so easy to add the fruit to many dishes, from salads to pasta, and of course it can always be eaten alone.

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