Watermelon is a gigantic and juicily sweet fruit known for its low-calorie and high water content. It is a member of the cucumber family, and requires honeybees for pollination. It is a great recommendation for overweight/obese people who want to lose body fat or other related weight issues. Although virtually 92% of watermelon is water it still contains a whole lot of vitamins and compounds that nourishes the heart, skin etc. It could also serve as a low-budget dessert for families.
Watermelon contains in large proportion carotenoids such as beta carotene and lycopene which are effective as antioxidants, boosting immunity and maintaining eye, skin and hair care. Lycopene neutralizes harmful free radicals in the body that can damage cells. Nutrients like vitamins C and A are also found in watermelon as they help the immune system produce antibodies to combat diseases, improve vision and prevent eye defects like cataracts. Vitamin B6 helps to form red blood cells and improve the functioning of the body nerves.
There lots of health benefits attached to eating watermelon but it be noted that too much of it can be harmful to the health because of its fructose content.
-Watermelon is a great source of lycopene: It contains a carotenoid known as lycopene whose antioxidant activity is very powerful. Lycopene reduces to the lowest, the risk of having blood pressure problem and stroke. In older women, it protects against ovarian cancer.
-Prevents asthma The vitamin C nutrient in watermelon helps reduce the risks for developing asthma in people. Asthmatic patients need to incorporate more of this fruit in their diet.
Watermelon prevents constipation because of its water and fiber content.
During hot weathers, it helps to prevent dehydration.
Choline is a very important compound in watermelon that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory.
- weight loss: Due to its high moisture and fiber content, watermelon is ideal for weight loss programs as it makes you feel full and eat less.