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Watermelon and Its Health Benefits

Updated on January 31, 2015

Watermelon and Its Health Benefits

Watermelon and Its Health Benefits. Now we are talking, watermelon is a fruit I love to eat anytime of the day specially in summer when they are aplenty. I like the red watermelon (yellow watermelon is also available), as the color and the juicy look of it makes me want to eat more. It has good health benefits and mind you, according to some researches, (not been fully explored) it can cure reproductive dysfunction among men. This plant originated in Africa.

Watermelons are types of melon which are either classified as fruit or vegetables and are grown in a vine. It is considered an herb. According to wikipedia watermelons "has a smooth exterior rind (green, yellow and sometimes white) and a juicy, sweet interior flesh (usually pink, but sometimes orange, yellow, red and sometimes green if not ripe)".

Watermelon can boost food security and support sustainable landcare and can improve nutrition. Watermelons is good for overall health.

Watermelon with yellow flesh

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon and Its Health Benefits -- Nutrition Contents of Watermelon

  • Although watermelon is 92 percent water and 6 percent sugar by weight, it is rich in Vitamin A
  • The rind which is the outer flesh is rich in nutrients and it edible and it has many nutrients although most people avoid eating the rind  because of its taste. It can be used for culinary purposes.
  • Watermelon is also mildly diuretic -- good for kidneys
  • Watermelons contains large amounts of beta carotene which has anti-cancer properties
  • It is an antioxidant 
  • Watermelon with red flesh is a significant source of lycopene -- another good substance which is anti cancer

Watermelon can cure erectile dysfunction?

  • In the rind of the watermelon citruline a known substance is found on it and it can stimulate nitric oxide which is known to expand blood vessels and help in blood flows. "Nitric oxide is thought to relax and expand blood vessels, much like the erectile dysfunction drug Viagra --- and can even increase ones libido".

Uses of watermelon as a fruit and vegetable :

  • It is best during summer, mixed with ice shaves and some low sugar additives
  • It can be cut into cubes for immediate consumption
  • slurpee (watermelon flavored)
  • Watermelon is used for garnishing
  • Mixed with other fruits for fruit salad
  • Watermelons can be boiled,  stew and stir fry. The rind is stir fried with oil chili and garlic, rum and sugar plus scallions.
  • It can be pickled, stew or boiled
  • The seeds can be eaten when dried and processed -- cooked with salt

Watermelon juice can be made into wine.

Watermelon -- Different Variants

All in all there are 1200 plus different types of watermelons differign in sizes, some are huge and some are small ones. Some of the variants of watermelon are :

  • Moon and Stars
  • yellow crimson
  • Densuke
  •  Carolina cross

  • Orangeglo

  • Cream of Saskatchewan
  • Melitopolski

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    • kjrzeek1 profile image

      kjrzeek1 

      6 years ago from New Jersey, USA

      Great Hub. Watermelon is such a great fruit.

    • alexandriaruthk profile imageAUTHOR

      alexandriaruthk 

      8 years ago from US

      Thanks samboiam

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      samboiam 

      8 years ago from Texas

      I love watermelons. They are my favorite summertime food. Enjoyed his, great job.

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