Watermelon is one of the most powerful, body-healing fruits out there. It is incredibly hydrating (up to 92% water!) and is naturally low-fat.
Make this melon a part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing benefits that range from improving cardiovascular health to nourishing your eyes and revving up your immune system.
Here are five health benefits associated with watermelon.
- Helps you hydrate
Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated. However, eating foods that have high water content can also help. Interestingly, watermelon is 92% water. High water content is one of the reasons that fruits and vegetables help you feel full. The combination of water and fibre means you’re eating a good volume of food without a lot of calories.
- Contains compounds that may help prevent cancer
Researchers have studied lycopene and other individual plant compounds in watermelon for their anti-cancer effects. Although lycopene intake is linked to a lower risk of some types of cancer, the results are mixed. The strongest link so far seems to be between lycopene and cancers of the digestive system.
Lycopene appears to reduce cancer risk by lowering insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein involved in cell division. High IGF levels are linked to cancer. In addition, cucurbitacin E has been investigated for its ability to inhibit tumour growth.
- Improves heart health
Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Several nutrients in watermelon have specific benefits for heart health. Watermelon also contains citrulline, an amino acid that may increase nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, which lowers blood pressure.
- Good for the skin and hair
Two vitamins in watermelon – A and C – are important for skin and hair health. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, a protein that keeps your skin supple and your hair strong while Vitamin A is important for healthy skin since it helps create and repair skin cells. Without enough vitamin A, your skin can look dry and flaky.
- Helps improve digestion
Watermelon contains lots of water and a small amount of fibre both of which are important for healthy digestion. Fibre can provide bulk for your stool, while water helps keep your digestive tract moving efficiently. Eating water-rich and fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, can be very helpful for promoting normal bowel movements.