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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Health Benefits of Watermelon: Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa grown for its large edible fruit, also known as a "watermelon".
Watermelon is known to be one of the most refreshing fruits. It contains only 46 calories per cup, but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.



Watermelons are mostly water, usually about 92 percent and really rich in nutrients. Research has it that each juicy bite significantly has high levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.

Would you love to know how this vitamins help your body?

1. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps prevent cell damage from free radicals.

2. Carotenoids are a class of plant compounds that includes alpha-carotene and beta-carotene, which your body converts to vitamin A.

3. Lycopene is a type of carotenoid that doesn’t change into vitamin A. This potent antioxidant gives a red color to plant foods such as tomatoes and watermelon, and is linked to many health benefits.

4. Cucurbitacin E is a plant compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects. Bitter melon, a relative of watermelon, contains even more cucurbitacin E.

There's even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup.

Watermelon Significantly Reduces Blood Pressure

New research has highlighted the role of watermelon nutrients on heart attack prevention, via a significant reduction in blood pressure.
According to the researchers:
"Watermelon supplementation reduced aortic BP [blood pressure] and myocardial oxygen demand during CPT [cold pressor test] and the magnitude of the cold-induced increase in wave reflection in obese adults with hypertension. Watermelon may provide cardioprotection by attenuating cold-induced aortic hemodynamic responses."

Watermelon Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer


Researchers have carried an in-depth lycopene and other individual plant compounds in watermelon for their anti-cancer effects. Lycopene appears to reduce cancer risk by lowering insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein involved in cell division. High IGF levels are linked to cance.
In addition to this, cucurbitacin E has been investigated for its ability to inhibit tumor growth.

Lycopene intake is known to be linked to a lower risk of some types of cancer, the result varies in most cases. The strongest link so far seems to be between lycopene and cancers of the digestive system.

Digestion

Watermelon contains fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive tract and helps keeps your digestion regular.

Hydration

Watermelons are fruits for perfect hydration. Their water content can help keep you hydrated, and their juice is full of good electrolytes, this can even help prevent heat stroke.

Hair Skin and benefits

Vitamin A and C are vitamins in watermelon that are important for hair and skin growth.
Did you know that a cup of watermelon contains nearly one-quarter of your daily recommended intake of it. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen. Collagen is a protein that keeps your skin supple and makes your hair strong.
Vitamin A encourages healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells and helps keep skin and hair moisturized.

Watermelon Helps Prevent Macular Degeneration

Lycopene most certainly helps prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common eye problem that can cause blindness in older adults. Lycopene helps protect against oxidative damage and inflammation as found in several parts of the eye.

Lycopene’s role as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound helps prevent AMD from developing and getting worse.

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