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Healthy benefits of Watermelons

Updated on February 12, 2013

Watermelons are the juicy watery sweet fruits that are at their best during the hot sunny days. Don’t you just love the irony of nature!


Watermelons are fruits of a vine-like plant. The plants grow on the ground; and its fruits, harvested above ground. It needs heaps of sunlight and abundant water supply to bear juicy, red fruits. The health benefits of watermelons come from the sun’s gracious rays as well as the nutrients from the rich soil.

Nutritional benefits of watermelons

The healthy benefits of watermelons come from their rich source of nutrients. Such include:

  • Carbohydrates
  • Fiber
  • Vitamin A
  • Lycopene
  • Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
  • Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
  • Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic acid)
  • Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine)
  • Vitamin B1(Thiamine)
  • Vitamin B9 (Folate)
  • Magnesium
  • Potassium


Health benefits of watermelons


Watermelons are good during the summer days because they are composed mainly of water. It's sweet flavor and crunchy, juicy texture is just best for this type of season. The fruit is great for weight loss too due to its water content; not to mention that it's also low on calorie.

Watermelon however carry some sugar. It's still considered great for weight loss and weight maintenance, though; because sugar helps boost our energy level and alertness. More so, watermelons do not contains fats nor cholesterol.


The red flesh of a watermelon fruit is rich with lycopene. In fact, they provide higher lycopene nutrients than carrots and tomatoes. This phyto-nutrient helps combat cancer-causing cells. Lycopene are anti-oxidants as well that help strengthen our immune system. The lycopene in watermelons and anti-oxidants in green tea work well together. They two combine helps relieve the symptoms and pains of prostate cancer.

The benefits of watermelon also include Vitamin C, another kind of anti-oxidant. These nutrients help us fight away the common colds and flu to other serious diseases.



Our eye health benefits from watermelons with its Vitamin A content. This vitamin reduces our risk to cataracts and macular degeneration, eye ailments that emerge as we age.

Watermelons are rich in sodium and potassium. These electrolytes are very good for people suffering from diarrhea as they help replenish the lost water and salts during an episode.

Watermelons are diuretic as well. It contains an amino acid called citrulline that produces arginine in the body. This nutrient helps release ammonia through our urine. Citrulline is also an anti-oxidant which benefits our heart health. It lowers our high blood pressure and blood sugar level.


Watermelons aren’t just healthy snacks. They offer a lot of health benefits. Adding watermelons to our diets will truly serve our body well.



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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      That's right ryanjhoe! Plus, they're so delish, too!

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      ryanjhoe 4 years ago from Somewhere over the rainbow

      Watermelon indeed have many benefits for health!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks very much for your comment anitamishra! See you around! :)

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Lucky you vespawoolf! I love watermelons. Just love them.

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      anitamishra 4 years ago

      Real nice layout and excellent content. for example- Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene. Watermelon is a good source of vitamins B1 and B6, pantothenic acid, biotin, magnesium, potassium and soluble fiber.

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      I'd never thought of watermelon containing lycopene, but it makes sense with the red color. And I didn't realize they contain Vitamin C as well. Summer is just beginning in Peru and we live in watermelon territory, so we'll be sure to eat our share! Thanks!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Me too, sweetie! I love them chilled! No need to them since they are already have a juicy flesh.

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      sweetie1 4 years ago from India

      water melon is one of the cheapest fruit in India in summers. It is very good for weight loss as it has lots of water and water. It is very tasty and I like it chilled in summers.

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Cool cool! Share the benefits of watermelons to others! :)

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks Angela! I'm glad you enjoyed reading my hub!

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks Lisa! I'm glad you enjoyed the hub! :)

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      beingwell 4 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for the visit dwachira! Watermelons are great during summertime. I'm glad they're cheap from where I'm at. :)

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      patchofearth 4 years ago from somewhere in the appalachian foothills

      I've been planning to plant watermelon in my garden next year-- some to keep and some to sell at the farmers' market. If I can get my watermelon patch to bear fruit, this information will make some excellent selling points. Thank you for the post.

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      Angela Kane 4 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      Watermelons are one of my favorite fruits. Great hub and information.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      ooooooo Love Watermelon. Great hub and info. Like your pics! Thumbs up and shared! Lisa

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi beingwell,

      I do like watermelons and so does my little son, the watery nature of watermelons makes them some of the water fulfilling fruits around not to mention they are crunchy and sugary. I didn't know however that watermelons have higher lycopene nutrients than carrots and tomatoes, i have learnt something new today. Great article and i like the photos used here. Voted up, useful and shared with followers.

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      Willette 4 years ago from Michigan

      Great hub! I already love watermelon, I'm loving it even more now! Thanks for the info. Sweeeet!! Thumbs up and a share!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks charlton! What's not to love?

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      Charlton 5 years ago

      Very informative... it made me love watermellon even more!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your comment vespa! Always happy to see you in my hubs!

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      vespawoolf 5 years ago from Peru, South America

      Although it's winter in Peru, summertime is abundant of juicy watermelon. I didn't know they have lycopene, although that makes sense because of the red color. It's also good to know about the Vitamin C. Who would've thought? Thanks so much! Voted up.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Yeap! I love them too rajan!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks for your comments, prasetio!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Very useful and interesting information. We get plenty of watermelons around here in summer and I really love their juicy sweet crispness. A boon for the hot days.

      Voted up and useful.

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I love watermelons, especially on a hot day. I had wrote a hub about this fruit. I hope we can get all the benefit by eating watermelons, especially for health. Thanks for writing and share with us. Voted up:-)

      Prasetio

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Yes they are, rebecca.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thanks anglnwu. I'm having one now... hihihi Just bought some from the streets.

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      Rebecca Mealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      I love watermelon. It is so good to know that it's healthy!

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      anglnwu 5 years ago

      Nothing beats chilled juicy water-melon in the summer. I love your picture--they're always the best. Rated up and shared.

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      Michel Gnon 5 years ago from Atlanta,GA

      You are very welcome, keep up the good work!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Updated for all! Thanks Michel!! :)

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      You're absolutely correct, Michel! Thanks for raising that up. My line of thinking was that watermelons are vines, yet the fruits are harvested above ground... not underground. Hahaha!! :)

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      Michel Gnon 5 years ago from Atlanta,GA

      Hello Beingwell,

      I really like the information you offer here. It is rich and valuable.

      One quick question though. You said in the second paragraph, second sentence that watermelons grow underground. I think you meant they grow on the vines on top of the ground. I might be wrong. If that was the case, I do apologize for my lack of knowledge.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I'm glad you enjoyed this article. I do love watermelons yohmyohm!!

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Thank you CCahill.

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      Sure thing MOL!

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      SusieQ42 5 years ago

      Yummy! I love watermelon!!! Great informative hub, being well. You hit it right on the nose. I didn't realize that watermelon was so good for us. Thanks for sharing.

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      CCahill 5 years ago from England

      Good info, might have to start eating more Watermelon. Voted up and Shared via Hubpages

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      myownlife 5 years ago from london

      Great, it is one of my favourite fruits, Thanks for sharing it's benefits

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      beingwell 5 years ago from Bangkok

      I'm very glad RT! Thanks! :)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      What a lot of information in this hub! We've always loved watermelon--so cooling in the south's hot summers--and I knew it was good for us, but I learned much more about how good it is from this hub. Thanks!

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