Watermelon is well-known to have many nutritious sources. Some health benefits can be attained from it such as combat lung cancer, breast cancer and stomach cancer.
This mouthwatering fruit seems so fresh and crunchy in summertime. The season of watermelon is in summer when it is in the best quality, even though it is easily found in the market throughout the year. The shape of watermelon can be oblong, round or spherical and appear thick green rinds with spots and stripes. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference, this refreshing fruit contains abundant water content about 92 percent. That is why watermelon provides a crunchy and crumbly texture.
Watermelon contains carotenoids including lycopene. Lycopene makes up the structure of carotenoids in watermelon. Antioxidant and cancer-preventing substance are present in lycopene with high amounts. Lycopene is a protective antioxidant against the growth of cancers such as prostate cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancer. It is also an antioxidant function to help protect cells from oxygen damage.
This juicy watermelon is the sources of vitamin C and vitamin A with its high concentration of beta-carotene. These antioxidants flow through the human body to neutralize free radicals which are dangerous to the humans. Free radicals can block blood vessel walls leading to coronary attack or stroke. They can injure cell lining the colon and turn them into cancerous cells. However, the useful antioxidants of vitamin C and beta-carotene can eliminate these harmful free radicals. Vitamin C and beta-carotene are also able to prevent the impairment inside human body the free radicals may incur. The main roles of vitamin C are that vitamin C can increase the immune system in the human body so that the humans seldom get ill and it can decelerate aging.
Vitamin B in watermelon provides energy production especially vitamin B6, vitamin B1 and magnesium and potassium. Promoting chemicals in the brain to help the humans deal with anxiety and panic is the attribution of vitamin B6. Watermelon brings us more nutrients per calorie due to a highly concentrated water content and lower calorie content.
According to the Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition, consuming fruits containing lycopene may significantly decrease the risk of developing prostate cancer. From the research conducted, it was found that consumption of lycopene in the watermelon could reduce the possibility of prostate cancer up to 82 percent.
Archives of Ophthalmology reported that consumptions of fruits abundant in carotenoids, vitamin A and vitamin C could reduce the risk of losing the sight. Consuming this nutritious watermelon may help reach the health of vision.
Based on American Journal Physiology Endocrinology and Metabolism, the journal explains that watermelon is rich in citrulline, an amino acid the human body uses to regenerate and arginine, which is used in the urea cycle to replace ammonia out of the body and the blood vessels to make nitric oxide by the cells lining. Nitric oxide not only relaxes blood vessels and decrease high blood pressure but also it can be used to prevent erectile dysfunction.