Watermelons are a delicious and refreshing snack perfect for these incoming months of summer, but not only that, there are also many benefits related to eating this delicious fruit.
Although it is true that watermelons are roughly about 90% water, they are also full of vitamins A, C, lycopene, minerals and antioxidants. Lycopene has been linked to improved heart health. It also boasts anti-inflammatory properties, contains powerful antioxidants, and in some cases, it can even help against certain types of cancer. This delicious fruit has some of the highest levels of lycopene amongst all fruits and veggies.
Anti Inflammatory/ Antioxidant Properties
Watermelon can help lower inflammation and fight free radicals that can cause oxidative damage to your body. This is due to the high amounts of lycopene and vitamin C watermelons contain.
In a human trial, subjects were given lycopene rich tomato juice with an addition of vitamin C. Their overall markers for inflammation went down as their antioxidants levels went up and as mentioned previously watermelon is rich in both lycopene and vitamin C.
Watermelon may help lower inflammation and oxidative damage, as it’s rich in the anti-inflammatory antioxidants lycopene and vitamin C
Watermelons contain up to about 90% water and are also rich in fiber. 2 key components for a good digestion. Fiber can provide a feeling of being full, while water keeps the digestive tract in motion.
Consuming fruits and vegetable high in fiber is key to healthy digestive system
Heart disease is one of the biggest killers worldwide, changing your lifestyle including diet and exercise can lower the risk of a heart attack and/or stroke by reducing blood pressure levels and cholesterol.
Watermelons contain nutrients that can aid the cardiovascular system in a number of ways. Studies have shown that lycopene can help lower cholesterol levels and regulate blood pressure. Watermelons also contain citrulline, an amino acid that can increase the nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, thus allowing for more blood to flow through your blood vessels and lowering blood pressure
May Protect Against Certain Types Of Cancer
Researchers have been studying the efficacy of lycopene against cancer as well as other ingredients found in watermelons.
Results are mixed however, one stable conclusion is the efficacy of lycopene against cancers of the digestive system.
How To Pick The Best Watermelon
The riper the watermelon is, the more nutrients is going to have. So picking a good watermelon is key. A good thing to look out for is the underside of the watermelon, look for a pale yellowish color, not white nor green. Also pickup the watermelon and feel its weight, try to pick the heaviest one for its size, also knock on the watermelon, look for a hollow bass sound.
Also beware that watermelons contain a high quantity of fructose, so be mindful of the amount of watermelon you eat. But just like everything, consume in moderation and you should have nothing to worry about.