By Zakiyyah Madyun of Herbs are Nature’s Medicine
The refreshing and delicious watermelon and fruit that everyone loves to eat. It is so filling and sweet. Did you know that it is also very healthy? Being one of nature’s most powerful, body-healing fruits, it improves cardiovascular health, is nourishing to the eyes, and boosts our immune system. With seeded watermelons please ensure they are not GMOs or hybrids.
Watermelon is filling and cooling because it is 92% water. That’s what keeps you hydrated in the heat, it is also full of electrolytes to help prevent heat stroke. Watermelon contains significant levels of vitamin A, B6, C, antioxidants, amino acids, an amino acid called citrulline, and a phytonutrient called lycopene. Phytonutrients, when ingested with our fruits and veggies, triggers healthy reactions in our bodies that include better heart health, bone health, prevention of prostate cancer, and are extremely anti-inflammatory. Ingested citrulline reduces body fat by making our fat cells create less fat.
When stressed by smoking, pollution, free radicals and our many diseases, our whole body becomes “inflamed.” This systemic inflammation is inhibited by the lycopene in watermelon, which also works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals. One study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later, compared to those who drank a placebo. Be mindful though, 1/16th of a medium watermelon contains 11.3gr of fructose. It is recommended that if you are overweight, have diabetes or high blood pressure, you should keep your total fructose intake below 15gr per day.