First of all, you don’t need a reason to munch watermelon for it is a blessing to the world. And the blessing, or the summer delight, will again be sold in the markets and though I personally wouldn’t get enough of it even this summer, I will still try.
Well, that is my reason to eat watermelon – literally no reason. But if you need a different reason or reasons to add watermelon to your summer diet, then we do have six for you.
Here are six health benefits of having this juicy super fruit:
1. Obviously it keeps you hydrated
Watermelon homes an abundance of juice in it and that liquid is everything you need to keep yourself hydrated during summers. Also, besides water content, it is also loaded with vitamin C that is good for your skin.
2. Watermelon is good for your heart health
Watermelon is proven to lower one’s cholesterol level besides ensuring the blood pressure levels don’t dip or rise. Lycopene present in watermelon is effective against life-threatening metabolic syndromes like oxidative stress, cancer, CVD, diabetes, etc.
3. Watermelon may help prevent cancer
As per a research by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA, insulin/insulin-like growth factor (IGF) contributes to the development of cancer in one’s body. However, watermelon lowers the insulin-like growth factors (IGF) and thus the risk of cancer.
4. It pampers your skin and hair
Again, Lycopene and beta-cartene present in watermelon work as a shield that thwarts the risk of sunburns in summer. Also, the presence of Vitamin A and C in watermelon gives you flawless skin and healthy hair.
5. It helps lower the blood pressure
Watermelon has an abundance of citrulline in it which gets converted into arginine in the body. These help in the production of nitric oxide in the body. And nitric oxide helps tiny muscles of blood vessels relax and ensures a reduction in blood pressure.
6. It helps lower inflammation and oxidative stress
As a rich source of lycopene and Vitamin C, watermelon may help reduce inflammation and oxidative damage. A study by Spain’s University of Murcia noted that the markers of inflammation went down and antioxidants go up in humans who were given lycopene-rich juice with added vitamin C.