4 Health Benefits of Watermelon


| 7/19/2013 11:41:00 AM


Nothing says summer like a slice of juicy watermelon. This sweet fruit is a favorite summertime treat, but is there any nutritional value to its watery flesh? Absolutely—more than you might think, in fact! Just check out these health benefits of watermelon.

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Health Benefits of Watermelon

Antioxidants

If you’ve read about the health benefits of tomatoes, you’re probably already familiar with lycopene, an antioxidant particularly beneficial for your heart health and even helpful in preventing certain types of cancer. Of all the red and pink-tinged fruits, watermelon has one of the highest concentrations of lycopene. Better yet, its lycopene content remains somewhat stable over time. Research has shown that cut watermelon retains its lycopene content for up to seven days after being cut and refrigerated before showing signs of deterioration.

Watermelon also contains high levels of vitamin C (good for your immune system, heart and eyes), beta-carotene (a powerful antioxidant that can help fight cancer and protect cells) and potassium (helps regulate muscle and nerve function and can lower blood pressure).



Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

CookieWoman
6/19/2014 12:41:21 PM

I think that watermelon would be a good match for other fruits and vegetables! Like blueberry and watermelon or even strawberries and watermelon! Plus you can cook with it also like use the juice of a watermelon bring it to a boil and add some oatmeal to it then add some blueberries and stir! Maybe even some walnuts or pecans,peanuts,almonds and maybe a little raw honey for sweetness!You know what i am talking about right!? JOY..




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