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Watermelon – Nutritional value and Health benefits
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Watermelon – Nutritional value and Health benefits

Come summer we all love to quench our thirst and go on a liquid diet to keep our body cool. What better way to beat the heat than indulging on watermelons!  The subtly crunchy, thirst quenching watermelon are a nature’s gift for summer.  When I was kid, the green melons used to be available only in summer though now in many place they are available round the year but still its summer they are most sought after as well as of its best sweetness and quality.

Watermelon is not just about the water content; it is a powerhouse of many nutrients. Let’s check out its nutritional values and health benefits.

Nutritional value of Watermelon

Watermelon is rich source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A.  In fact 150 gm serving of watermelon can provide you the 20% and 17% respectively of daily value of required Vitamin C and Vitamin A. Awesome right?

Watermelons are also rich source of carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. So how lycopene does helps our body? They help as neutralize the free radicals and free radicals are substances in the body that can cause substantial damage.

Be a power ranger by eating Watermelon! Yes, Watermelon is also rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. The melon has a considerable nutrient like Vitamin B6, Vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium.

And to top it watermelon lower calorie content. One cup of watermelon has just 48 calories thereby delivering more nutrients per calorie.

Watermelon is also high in citrulline, an amino acid.

Health benefits of Watermelon

Being packed with important antioxidants, watermelon helps in soothening conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.

Watermelon being a good source of Lycopene, it has anti-cancer properties. Some studies indicate lycopene has been considered a potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer, breast cancer and lung cancer.

As mentioned earlier, watermelon being rich in B vitamins aids in energy production.

With higher water content and lower calorie it makes an excellent food intake to beat summer heat.

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is a medical condition which usually affects older adults, resulting in a loss of vision.  In adults, 3 or more servings of fruits may help in reducing the risk of AMD. Watermelon with its rich varied antioxidant properties helps in larger extends in reducing the risk.

Being rich in Citrulline an amino acid, this through a complex process aids in building Nitric oxide. Nitric Oxide in turn helps in lowering high blood pressure.

92% of watermelon consists of water, which makes it an excellent thirst quencher in summer time, with all its health benefits as bonus!

So why wait? Go treat yourselves with a large serving of watermelon or glasses of watermelon juice!

0 17 April, 2012 Health April 17, 2012

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