As we get ready to enjoy the summer season, its time to enjoy the summer time fruits. One of my favorite is watermelon. This flavorful fruit quenches the thirst on those hot summer days. Having it in a salad, blending it to make a nice drink with its sweet flavor, all beneficial in cooling off the body.
Watermelon is especially beneficial for men. It has a good source of vitamin C, A, B6, and B. It is rich in antioxidants, a high source of beta-carotene, and an excellent source of potassium, lycopene, and citrulline. A cup of watermelon holds 46 calories, and it is 20 percent of the daily intake of vitamin C and 17 percent of vitamin A. To retain the most antioxidants, the watermelon should be stored at room temperature.
Red watermelon rind contains the photo-nutrient citrulline, which helps to increase blood flow throughout the body. Citrulline has been found to improve erection hardness in men with mild erectile dysfunction (impotence). This is the viagra of choice, so eat up men and get your groove back without pills. Lycopene, another health benefit, helps to reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers which is prevalent in men. Highest concentration of lycopene 8 percent, is found more in watermelon than tomatoes. It also helps to keep the skin, and heart healthy.
Serious hydration power is in a watermelon. With 92 percent of it water, the juice may help to relieve muscle soreness. It’s been found that athletes who consume more than 16 ounce before an exercise regiment, had less muscle soreness, and a lower heart rate within a day. Watermelon, a seed producing plant with a sweet taste, is part of the squash, pumpkin, and cucumber family, known as Cucurbitaceae. Because of this, you can eat all of it including the rind. The watermelon is both a fruit and vegetable.
Two types of watermelon is known. A yellow variety, called Yellow Crimson, is sweeter and have a honey like taste. The pink and yellow watermelon is identical on the outside. If you are at a farmers market or the grocery store, and you want the pink watermelon, ask for a Crimson Sweet. Research have not identified the nutritional value on the yellow watermelon, so it is best to stick with the pink or have them both.