Almost no other fruit can offer the satisfaction in a hot summer day as watermelon. It` excellent for refreshing, hydration, and the taste is great.
This fruit has been used a medicine for thousands of years. Even Hippocrates has praised the healing benefits of watermelon.
Let`s explore some facts about the medicinal properties of this red melon.
The red pigment in watermelon is actually a powerful antioxidant called lycopene, which kills reactive oxygen cells. This way it prevents oxidative stress and damage.
Oxidative stress is the no.1 cause of cancer, aging and other conditions. Numerous studies have discovered and proven that high amounts of lycopene can reduce the risk of cancer. And watermelon is the second fruit with highest content of lycopene.
Improvement of vision
Watermelon is rich in vitamin A which is very important for proper vision: 152 grams of it can satisfy 5% of the dairy recommended intake of this vitamin. And who eats only 152 grams?
Vitamin A is also beneficial for protecting the eye surface from viruses and bacteria.
Healthy cardiovascular system
A research from 2014, published in the American Journal of Hypertension has discovered that amino acids found in watermelon, L-citrulline and L-arginine, can reduce heart strain, as well as deterioration of blood vessels.
Some of the most common causes of heart strain are obesity and high blood pressure, which cause a great number of deaths linked to cardiovascular issues in the U.S.
Foods rich in water act like cooling agent for our internal organs, so watermelon can be very high on this list.
Cooling of the organs has refreshing effect, but it also reduces the risk of internal inflammation, it can relieve pain and reduce the risk of numerous diseases and illnesses caused by inflammation.
Watermelon as medicine
For the watermelon to act as medicine, you need to pick the perfect one. Also, it`s very important for the watermelon to be organic. If you can`t find organic one, take the proper measures to remove all the pesticides.
Once it`s clean, all you need to do is slice it and eat it. That`s it!
Or you take try some creative healthy recipes with watermelon, like this one with berries and kefir. Enjoy!