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The Unique Wonders Of Watermelon

Pallavi Srivastava
Watermelon a fruit that we relish for its juicy, sweet coolness has a lot to offer. With 92 percent water, 8 percent sugar content, and all of 48 calories per cup, we all know that watermelon is awesome for combating summer heat and losing weight. But there's a lot under the hood that needs to be discovered. There are numerous miracle benefits that this fruit can usher into our lives. This articles focuses on reasons that make watermelon is nothing short of a magic fruit.

Sound sleep

If you have sleep disorders like insomnia or sleep apnoea, eating watermelons can make a great deal of difference. Serotonin and dopamine are once again the keys here. When these chemicals are produced, the brain becomes less responsive to troublesome stimuli like noise. This can ensure you a good night's sleep. Eating watermelon before bedtime can improve sleep by up to 27%.

Healing agent for wounds and bruises

Snacking on watermelons during summers can also help heal wounds, cuts and bruises faster. Watermelon contains high amounts of the acid citrulline, which is converted into arginine by the body. Arginine is that chemical, which speeds up the release of white blood cells (blood cells that fight infections) to infected or injured sites of the body.

Stress Buster

Watermelon is high in vitamin B6, which is essential in the production of serotonin and dopamine. The polysaccharide carbohydrates contained in watermelon increase the body's serotonin levels while vitamin B6 helps the body feel well by synthesizing dopamine. Serotonin and dopamine released by the brain are mood related compounds that lessen the brain's sensitivity to disturbances and increase pleasurable feelings. In this way, watermelon helps alleviate fatigue, stress, anxiety and other negative emotions.

Healthy Heart

The low-on-calorie-high-on-fibre watermelon can do miracles for the health of your heart. Watermelons are rich in amino acid citrulline, which works to expand the blood vessels, thus helping reduce the stress on heart, and in bringing down blood pressure.

Natural Viagra

Yes, surprising but true. The same amino acid citrulline, which helps the heart by expanding blood vessels, also allows for increased flow of blood to the vessels inside the penis, leading to a stronger erection.

Protection from sun

According to a recent study, eating watermelon can help significantly cut down on sun induced damage - as much as by 40%! The presence of a powerful antioxidant - lycopene - combats UV ray created free radicals that cause sunburn, wrinkles and fine lines. Lycopene also helps to reduce the risk of skin cancer.

Healthy Body

The amount of Lycopene found in watermelons is even more than that found in tomatoes - making watermelons nature's best source of Lycopene. Other than that, watermelons are also rich in other powerful antioxidants, mostly from beta-carotene, which provides vitamin C and A. These antioxidant help defuse 'free radicals' produced by the body that could damage tissues and organs of the body. The presence of so much antioxidant in watermelon makes it great for preserving the youth and health of the body. Studies indicate that Lycopene's presence can make watermelon effective in reducing the risk of diseases like osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, colon cancer, skin cancer and more.

Super skin

Watermelon's strong anti-oxidants also significantly cut down skin ageing as well. As we grow old, our skin shows maximum signs of damage inflicted by free radicals. The presence of Lycopene is beneficial in decreasing these free radicals from the body and in slowing down the process of aging quite effectively.

Watermelon also removes excess oil from the skin, curing many skin issues like acne, pimples and blackheads. The fruit also has a natural moisturizing effect on the skin and keeps the face and body glowing and well hydrated.

Good for kidneys

Watermelons help wash your kidneys and remove all excess salt deposits of calcium present in them. The fruit contains potassium, which doesn't just help in removing salts but also reduces the concentration of uric acid in the bloodstream. This appreciably cuts down the chance of formation of kidney stones. In addition, watermelon acts as a diuretic - hydrating and cleansing the body with its high water content.

Athlete's choice

Watermelon juice can do wonders in boosting energy levels and relieving post work-out muscle stress in athletes. While on one hand the presence of B6, B1, magnesium, and potassium in watermelon can give you as much as a 23% boost in energy, its antioxidant properties can help strengthen muscles and improve athletic performance. The effectiveness of watermelon juice drinks for athletes has also been linked to the presence of the compound L-citrulline found in it. L-citrulline is used for enriching drinks for athletes. However studies show that that the L-citrulline in natural watermelon juice was found to be more bioavailable than the drinks enriched with L-citrulline i.e. the body could better utilize the L-citrulline found in the natural water melon juice as compared to an artificially enriched drink.

Weight loss and blood sugar

Eating watermelons can cut down on your weight making you feel full with hardly any calories, lots of electrolyte-rich water, and healthy fiber. That's why it has earned the reputation of being a perfect diet fruit. Watermelons also help in regulating blood sugar levels and in maintaining the body's insulin secretion with the potassium and the magnesium present in it.
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