By kris chan
What is summer without the red, juicy and delicious watermelon? Its bright red color which shouts lycopene is the perfect refresher and thirst-quencher with zero calories but so full of health giving goodness.
1. Helps prevent coughs and colds (Vitamin C)
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C, a nutrient best known to help prevent colds and infections by strengthening the immune system.
2. Helps prevent cancer (Vitamin A)
This subtly crunchy fruit boasts of its high vitamin A content in the form of lycopene, a carotenoid and one of the potent antioxidants which have shown to lower incidence of cancer, especially prostate cancer.
3. Helps lower blood pressure (Potassium)
Worried about your blood pressure levels? Don’t hesitate to reach for this fruit as it is a good source of the blood pressure slashing potassium.
4. Prevents leg cramps (Magnesium)
It contains magnesium, a mineral and an electrolyte which helps prevent muscle cramps.
5. Aids in digestion (Thiamine)
Watermelon is a good source of thiamine, a B vitamin which promotes a normal appetite and helps in the proper digestion of food.
6. Helps fight depression (Vitamin B6)
It helps elevate mood through its vitamin B6 content. Studies revealed that depressed patients are low in vitamin B6, one of the nutrients essential in producing serotonin, a neorotransmitter chemical that affects mood.
7. Helps fight stress (Pantothenic Acid)
Sensations of weakness, listlessness and fatigue may indicate a deficiency of pantothenic acid in the body. Pantothenic acid aids in the body’s ability to respond to stress by supporting the adrenal, the anti-stress glands of the body.
8. Promotes thyroid health (Copper)
Watermelon can provide copper, a mineral which is vital for a healthy thyroid gland.
9. Helps the body produce energy (Manganese)
Get energized through its manganese content which helps the body convert protein and fat to energy.
10. Relaxes blood vessels (Citrulline)
The watermelon recently made headlines when it was reported that it may have Viagra-like effects due its supply of citrulline, an amino acid which relaxes blood vessels.