Watermelon is not only delicious but extremely healthy. It might be a summer fruit, but you tend to be able to find it around you and really ought to take advantage of its availability because as it turns out, watermelon is incredibly good for the body.
So what are the health benefits of watermelon?
It helps lowering the blood pressure in those who have obesity. It’s also a natural diuretic that can help hydrate your body. It is a great sweet treat that is still incredibly low in calories and practically free from fat and cholesterol. In fact, most melons are rich in potassium, a nutrient that help control blood pressure, regulate heart beat and possibly prevent strokes in adult.
The 2015 dietary guideline states that potassium helps keep salt from raising blood pressure and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and age – related bone loss. It also encourages adults to consume 4,700 mg per day (while keeping sodium to less than 2,300 milligrams per day, which is one teaspoon of salt).
Melons are also rich in Vit C, one arm of one famous disease – fighting antioxidant trio. Another arm that’s well represented is beta-carotene.
Researchers believe that beta – carotene and Vit C are capable of preventing heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. No matter which way you cut them, when it comes to nutrition, melons are number one.
In addition, watermelon is a valuable source of lycopene. One of the carotenoids that have actually been studied in humans. Research indicates that lycopene is helpful in reducing the risks of prostrate, breast and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancer. Whether, you choose watermelons for your health benefits or simply for their good flavour, they can be an excellent snack, summer dish, your gardening project and fruit salad and preserved ones most especially when put in the refrigerator for the quenching of thirst during sunny days.
OH! HOW COOL WATERMELON IS.
EYITAYO ILORI is a secondary school student in Ibadan, Nigeria. She aims to pursue a career along the medical line.