Watermelons are the perfect summer food. They are delicious, low in calories, nutrient dense and super hydrating. Making watermelons part of your daily diet is not only a delicious thing to do but will give you tons of benefits for overall health. These benefits range for improving your heart health to boosting your brain and reviving your immune system. When I previously wrote mainly about the cleansing properties of watermelon in my previous article how to use watermelon as a medicine.
Eating large amounts of watermelon improves your cardiac functions. Watermelons contain high levels of a remarkable antioxidant called lycopene (hence its red color). Lycopene keeps your heart young and avoids damage done by free radicals. Next to lycopene, watermelons contain high levels of potassium which cut back the risk of a heart attack, help to reduce cholesterol, improve blood flow, and regulate your heart beat.
Watermelon is rich in flavonoids, carotenoids (such as lycopene) and triterpenoids. The lycopene in watermelon in particular has shown great results in the reduction of inflammation and neutralization of free radicals. Make sure you get ripe watermelon, since they have a higher concentration of these anti-inflammatory compounds.
Dietary lycopene (also found in tomatoes) has been recognized to promote healthy bones. This powerful antioxidant reduces the activity of bone cells involved in the development of osteoporosis. And its high potassium levels help to retain calcium, which keeps your bones and joints healthy and strong. You may also want to read about these 4 steps to prevent osteoporosis.
Again it is lycopene who steals the show. This powerful carotenoid has been linked to reduce the risk of prostate, breast, lung, uterus, and colon cancer. Find here more foods that protect against cancer development.
Eating plenty of watermelon is good for your eye health, due to its high levels of antioxidants like beta carotene, vitamin-C, lutein, and zeaxanthin. They will protect your eyes against age-related issues like night blindness, macular degeneration, and glaucoma. Find here more information about preventing eyesight problems and improving vision naturally.
Skin and hair
Watermelon contains a good amount of beta carotene, which is converted into vitamin A. Vitamin A plays an important role in the production of sebum and cellular growth for keeping skin and hair healthy and hydrated.