Of the few things which make summers in the sub-continent somewhat bearable, the watermelon is certainly a chart-topper. Nothing can refresh our tired and dehydrated bodies more than juicy watermelon cubes after a day at office. The very sight of the large green fruit quenches our thirst somehow.
For a fruit this delicious, the benefits may seem add-ons but take a look at the following and you are sure to jump into the Watermelon fan club, in case you are not a member yet:
1 . Hydrates The Body
Water content in the fruit is more than 90%. Having as little as a cup full of watermelon cubes replenishes fluid-level in the body. Electrolytes like calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron are present in abundance that aids the rehydration process.
2 .Rejuvenates Eye And Skin Health
Watermelon has a very high vitamin A content. This is a powerful anti-oxidant that fights free radicals in the body and is great for vision and skin. Vitamin A goes a long way in boosting the body’s immunity as well.
3 . Promotes Health Of Vital Organs
Watermelon is a source of potassium. This essential mineral controls blood pressure and the heart rate thereby ensuring proper functioning of the heart. Also, the kidney is another organ that is benefited owing to the water and mineral content of the fruit.
4 . Relieves Muscle Pains
Arginine is an amino acid that improves blood circulation in the body and relaxes the tissue. Watermelon contains the amino acid citrulline that is synthesized into arginine automatically in the body. Thus it is a food of choice for athletes.
5 . Reduces Tanning
Watermelon is the richest natural source of lycopene, an antioxidant that combats UV-ray induced free radicals which cause sunburns. Owing to this, only two cups of Watermelon can help you get brighter and glowing skin.
6 . Promotes Sexual Health
Studies have shown the fruit to beef up libido in humans. The improved circulation owing to essential minerals present in the fruit will certainly improve performance in the bed.
7 . Improves Sleep
A few slices of the fruit before bed-time induces the body to secrete serotonin that helps us get deep sleep that is necessary after all the action the fruit promises to help us get.
8 . Combats Cancer
The Lycopene present in watermelon have been shown by some studies to combat the spread of Cancer.
9 . Low In Calories
For its size and roundness, the fruit’s calorie and fat content is incredibly low. Thus, using this tasty treat to satiate your hunger is a healthy lifestyle thing. The cholesterol levels also do not go up at all from having watermelon.
It is recommended to have 2 cups of watermelon daily or as frequently as you can get your hands on it. Going up to anywhere between three to four cups should be absolutely fine. So, go ahead and indulge in the goodness of this delicious and hydrating fruit this summer. Stay Healthy, Stay Happy!