Watermelon has been advocated by medical specialists and nutritionists as a healthy weapon against illnesses like obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Watermelon also promotes healthy hair, skin and increased energy.
Here’s the breakdown: one cup of watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, no fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrates and 1 gram of fiber. The same one cup will give you 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of calcium needs for the day. Watermelon is chock-full of vitamins and minerals, including thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine.
Here are some of the wonders of watermelon:
Asthma prevention: People who consume high levels of vitamin C show less risk in developing asthma.
Blood pressure: The American Journal of Hypertension published a study that found “reduced ankle blood pressure, brachial blood pressure and carotid wave reflection in obese middle-aged adults” after eating watermelon.
Cancer: The antioxidant vitamin C found in watermelon can also fight the formation of cancer-causing free radicals. Furthermore, lycopene has been linked to decreased risk for prostate cancer in men.
Indigestion and constipation: Watermelon’s high water and fiber content keep digestion moving smoothly.
Dehydration: Watermelon is 92% water and full of electrolytes – it’s a powerful antidote for dehydration.
Inflammation: Choline, which supports cells and nerves, as well as fat absorption in the body, can also alleviate chronic inflammation.
Muscle fatigue: Muscles will benefit from the amino acid L-citrulline that watermelon contains.
Skin: Watermelon’s vitamin A promotes sebum (oil) production in the skin that preserves skin and hydrates hair.