This popular summer fruit is not only thirst-quenching on a hot summer day, but it also possesses many beneficial characteristics. Although 92% of its content is water, the rest 8% are rich with lycopene, antioxidant known to protect the heart, the prostate, and also the skin from UV damage.
Watermelon can boost sexual life?
Perhaps the most interesting research about the powerful effects watermelon has on our health is about the effects watermelon has on man’s sexuality. This fruit has been named a natural viagra as researchers found that it is rich in the amino acid called citrulline, which has similar effects to the blood vessels in a way that it relaxes and dilutes them much like the “little blue pill” meant to treat erectile dysfunction.
Until recently it was believed that most of the citrulline was concentrated in the watermelon rind. However more recent studies have shown that watermelon has more citrulline in the edible part, making it a super powerful fruit. When citrulline is synthesized in the intestinal tract from glutamine, converts to arginine enabling an increase in Nitric Oxide production which helps in blood vessel dilation.
However in order to boost blood levels of arginine, lot of watermelon may be required. The blazing question is how much watermelon is necessary to experience these viagra-like effects? As of now, the quantity of citrulline needed to be consumed is still unknown and more research on this topic is required.
Other benefits of Watermelon:
Besides the potential ability of citrulline to boost man’s sexuality, this amino acid is very important for endothelial support and overall cardiovascular health. The citrulline in watermelon helps increase energy and stimulates the immune system. Concentrated in powerful antioxidants, watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and vitamin A, B1 and B6, along with the minerals magnesium and potassium. One cup of watermelon supplies 21% of the daily value (DV) for vitamin C and 17% of the DV for vitamin A. Most notable antioxidant is the carotenoid pigment lycopene which is twice as powerful as beta-carotine.
Is there more to it? You betcha! This delectable thirst-quencher is very nutrient-dense, meaning it can be digested and assimilated with less energy expenditure therefore your body can conserve energy that can be used as fuel and building blocks.