Watermelon definitely tops the list of foods that people love to eat in the summer. It is a refreshing, delicious and thirst-quenching fruit. Its rich nutritional profile means it is also immensely good for your health.
Watermelon is an excellent source of carbohydrates, protein, fiber and vitamins C, A and B. Plus, it has potassium along with other important minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorous. It also contains enzymes, organic acids and natural sugars. The water content in watermelon is also extremely helpful in keeping the body hydrated during the hot summer months.
Reduces Body Fat
The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys. When our bodies absorb citrulline it can take the step of converting into arginine if so required. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat.
Diuretic & Kidney Support
Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine). Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.
Watermelons have an alkaline-forming effect in the body when fully ripe. Eating lots of alkaline-forming foods (fresh, ripe, fruit and vegetables) can help reduce your risk of developing disease and illness caused by a high-acid diet (namely, meat, eggs and dairy).
Improves the immune system
Strengthened immune system is another one of health benefits of watermelon. The very high Vitamin C content of watermelon helps to boost your immune system and also helps in the formation of collagen, which is essential for the formation of new, beautiful skin. This means that watermelon can help you fight off infections and it can also help wounds to heal too.
Improves Eye Health
Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene (that rich red hue of watermelon = beta carotene) which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as prevents night blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.
Anti-ageing is another one of wonderful health benefits of watermelon. Although watermelon has very few calories, it is a rich source of phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids and tripterpenoids, which efficiently help protect against cell damage caused by free radicals, which can be the cause of the signs of ageing in the skin.
Helps to fight cancer
Watermelon is one of the best natural sources of the antioxidant, lycopene, which has been linked to the prevention and the treatment of certain types of cancer. It also contains Vitamin C, which is also an antioxidant.