Saturday, June 1, 2013

Watermelon - Interesting and Refreshing Health Facts

I recommend 4 really great recipes using this Fruit for the family or entertaining purposes. It's been very hot the past two weeks and so lots of coolers and thirst quenchers were sought out. Watermelon was one of the tops with it's high water content and yummy sweet refreshing taste. I did some researched on it and found from various news and medical sites that it is an amazing fruit with a lot health benefits. Here is a summary of my findings .....

Watermelons are extremely refreshing as they have very high water content, 92% water and 8% sugar. 
Rich in electrolytes (sodium and potassium) this wonder fruit amazingly nourishes your body. It not only replaces the electrolytes lost through sweat but also hydrates your cells and maintains the water balance in the cells. Metabolism is boosted as the functionality of the cells is increased, ultimately energizing your body. The 4 great fatigue fighters found in watermelon drives away any feeling of fatigue you may experience :
  1. Potassium (mineral necessary for water balance and found inside of every cell. People with low potassium levels can experience muscle cramps.), 
  2. Vitamin C (help to bolster the immune system's defenses against infections and viruses)
  3. Lycopene (An antioxidant that may help prevent cancer)
Watermelon is high in Vitamin B6 -  helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells which may relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks. It naturally relaxes the blood vessels without any drug side effects. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.

This fruit may be a Natural Viagra according to research scientists. It's rich in an amino acid called citrulline. Citrulline relaxes and dilates blood vessels very much like Viagra and other drugs that are used to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

For the great Watermelon Recipes , visit my kakekraft blog on Exciting Watermelon Cooler Recipes.


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