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Health Benefits of Watermelon

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon contains more than 90 per cent of water. It is loaded with vitamins including A and C, and antioxidants.

It contains minerals like calcium, zinc, manganese, potassium, iron etc.

Watermelon has several health benefits:

  • Being rich in antioxidants, watermelon prevents cancers especially cancers of the digestive tract. It has lycopene to reduce the risk.
  • It helps lower bad cholesterol and hypertension. The study of the American Journal of Hypertension showed that watermelon could effectively reduce hypertension in obese adults. The citrulline in watermelon helps increase the nitric oxide in the body which thereby lowers blood pressure.
  • Watermelon protects the health of eyes due to lycopene. It prevents age-related eye problems.
  • It improves digestion. Due to its fibre content, it regulates your bowel movements as well.
  • It is loaded with vitamin C. Hence, it prevents infections including asthma. One study proved that watermelon reduced the risk of asthma.
  • Regular consumption of watermelon juice improves blood circulation. It also lowers muscle soreness.
  • It treats the inflammations effectively. 
  • It keeps your body cool and prevents dehydration in summers due to its high water content.
  • The vitamin in this fruit can improve the health of your hair as well as skin.
  • Watermelon is believed to be beneficial for people who have erectile dysfunction.
  • It also aids lower oxidative stress.
  • Watermelon regulates glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. Hence, it prevents diabetes.
  • It is very beneficial for the people who want to lose their weight quickly as it fills the stomach and avoids eating unnecessary food items.
  • Being rich in potassium, it improves nerve function.
  • It regulates the pH of your body fluids.

Caution: Like any other food, excessive consumption is not good and may lead to stomach problems. People suffering from hyperkalemia (high potassium levels) should not consume more than one cup of watermelon a day.

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