Meet The Plant | Watermelon

May 17, 2021

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Last updated on November 8th, 2021 at 06:27 am

After strawberries, watermelon is my second summer love!  I just love how nature tends to provide all the things we need in beautiful and deliciously juicy packages.

Did you know that melons are actually part of the gourd family, which also includes cucumbers and squash?  Watermelons were first cultivated in North Africa and Persia and then later by the ancient Greeks and Romans.  They are beautifully rich in beta-carotene, vitamin C, and a wide variety of antioxidants.  Watermelons are supportive to the immune systems, and also contain a rich amount of potassium which plays a role in balancing blood pressure.

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What is watermelon good for?

Eye health
The bright color of the watermelon flesh is derived from beta-carotene (an antioxidant) which is important for skin health, bone health, and plays a role in preventing loss of vision.

Blood flow
Citrulline (an amino acid) in the rind and flesh of the watermelon, plays a role in stimulating the production of nitric oxide, which relaxes and expands the blood vessels.  This process lowers blood pressure and enhances.

Blood pressure
Watermelon has a useful amount of potassium, which plays a role in balancing blood pressure.  Watermelon is also rich in lycopene (an antioxidant) which plays a role in lowering the risk of heart disease.

Wound healing
Watermelon contains citrulline which supports the production of arginine (an amino acid) which supports the boosting of immune function and also speeds up wound healing.

How to get the most from your watermelon?

Supports detoxification.  Watermelon is a great choice of food for a light detox.  They have powerful water contain (95 percent) and is chock full of minerals.  Watermelon also has an alkalizing effect on the body.
Gentle on the tummy.  Watermelon is extremely easy to digest, and therefore a great source of carbohydrates for energy.
Eat the seeds.  Dried watermelon seeds contain healthy unsaturated fats and some fiber.


Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.

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