Shake up your summer party with the season’s favorite produce: Watermelon. The naturally sweet fruit lends a juicy crispness, while red flesh at the center of water-melon and citrullin adds a punch of flavor.
Why Water Melon? Because it Contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant Compounds
A cup (154 grams) of watermelon has many other nutrients as well, including these vitamins and minerals:
Vitamin C: 21% of the RDI.
Vitamin A: 18% of the RDI.
Potassium: 5% of the RDI.
Magnesium: 4% of the RDI.
Vitamins B1, B5 and B6: 3% of the RDI.
Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.Lifestyle factors, including diet, may lower the risk of heart attacks and strokes by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer
May Improve Heart Health! Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide (6).
May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration
May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness
Citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, may reduce muscle soreness, Asthama, Blood Pressure, Cancer, Inflammation, helps prevents constipation, dehydration, can help improve Digestion, good for Skin and Hair.Citrullin:
Health scientists are becoming more and more interested in the citrulline content of watermelon. Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems into arginine (another amino acid). The flesh of a watermelon contains about 250 millligrams of citrulline per cup. When our body absorbs this citrulline, one of the steps it can take is conversion of citrulline into arginine. Particularly if a person’s body is not making enough arginine, higher levels of arginine can help improve blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health. There’s also some preliminary evidence from animal studies that greater conversion of citrulline into arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells due to blocked activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, or TNAP.
Juicy Red Flesh:If you’ve gotten used to thinking about the juicy red flesh at the center of a watermelon as its only nutrient-rich area—and far more nutrient-rich than the more lightly-colored flesh that is farther out near the watermelon rind—it is time to change your thinking. As according to the study food Scientists found that there was no area in any of the watermelon varieties that came out badly in terms of nutrients, and in many of the watermelon varieties, the flesh’s outer periphery contained impressive concentrations of most nutrients. ). What they’ve discovered were impressive concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C in all of these different areas. The exact distribution of nutrients was also highly dependent on the variety of watermelon.