Watermelon is a fruit that can improve health in many different perspectives. It is a mineralizing, cleansing, and alkalizing fruit.
This fruit originates from the Cucurbitaceae family together with the pumpkin and melon, as well as other plants that grow on vines on the ground. In shape, watermelons can be elliptical, spherical or round and their color varies from light to dark green with lighter mottling stripes. The flesh of the watermelon when it’s ripe is red because it contains lycopene, which is a carotenoid that is a powerful antioxidant.
There are many nutritional values that the watermelon contains such as vitamins : B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, vitamin C, beta-carotene, and folate. Watermelons also consist of 92% of water. They also contain many minerals such as iron, potassium, zinc, copper, sodium, phosphorus, calcium, and magnesium.
The juice of the watermelon can bring you many health benefits, and some of those are:
1.By drinking watermelon juice, your veins will relax and expand, and your energy levels will boost up.
2.It can also boost up your stamina, and it can also go as a natural Viagra. The juice can also treat erectile dysfunction.
3.Citrulline is an amino acid that is also contained in watermelons. It can have skin healing abilities, and with vitamin C it can eliminate kidney stones, fight against free radical irritations, and detoxify the bladder and kidneys.
4.The juice is also a natural diuretic and can treat urinary tract infections, water retention, and prevent bloating in PMS.
5.The lycopene that watermelon juice contains can decrease oxidative pressure and inflammation from allergies and asthma. It can also be used as a detox which can boost digestion and metabolism as well as kill many poisons in the body.
6.The juice can also decrease the risk of heart disease and stroke because of the lycopene, antioxidants and other fundamental nutrients and minerals that it contains. Lycopene can decrease the thickness of veins which can bring down the risk of myocardial infarction. It can also help fight against arthritis because it can relieve and heal inflammatory conditions.
7,8,9.Because watermelons have high amounts of water and fiber, they contain a very small amount of calories, thus helping you lose weight. Additionally, it can improve eye health because it has high amounts of beta-carotene. Beta-carotene inside the body will convert into vitamin A. Because of this nutritional value, it can help with issues such as age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, retinal degeneration, and night blindness.
10.Watermelon also consists of many minerals, which can lead to restoring electrolytes that have been lost after exercise and can also help with twitches, muscle weakness, aches, spasms, as well as dizziness, numbness, heart palpitations, frequent headaches, insomnia, fatigue, and pain in the joints.
11,12.This juice can have a laxative effect that will help improve regularity, treat acid reflux, fight inflammation, fight acidity, regulate pH levels, and can calm the gastrointestinal tract. It can also treat constipation naturally. By bringing down C-receptive Protein (CRP), watermelon juice can help stop inflammation connected to joint inflammation flares and heart disease.
13.Being an alkaline fruit, the watermelon can help kill acidity in the body. The alkaline qualities can also help stop chronic infections, as well as cancer. It can also prevent different types of viruses, bacteria, fungi, parasites, and hurtful yeasts.
Even though this fruit has many beneficial abilities, eating it excessively can lead do bad side effects. Additionally, make sure that you follow these tips:
- To keep it fresh, refrigerate it with a cling wrap on it
- Before eating, wash the watermelon
- 95% of the watermelon has nutritional benefits, so you can juice the seeds with the flesh together
- During the night you can drink the watermelon juice to help you sleep better and at the start of your day, consume it to energize your body
There are many ways to eat a watermelon, such as eating them raw, adding them to fruit salads, juicing them and mixing them with other fruit juices and much more.
However, these three simple recipes can bring you a different approach to the consumption of watermelon:
- Watermelon Sherbet
-¼ cups of cold water
-A dash of salt
-A cup of chilled heavy cream
-1 ounce of envelope unflavored gelatin
-3 tablespoons of lemon juice
-A cup of white sugar
-4 cups of diced seedless watermelon
In a large bowl mix the sugar, lemon juice, salt, and watermelon together. Mix it good and use a plastic wrap to cover the bowl and set it in the fridge for 30 minutes. After, you can blend the mixture. In a saucepan, pour the cold water with the gelatin and let it sit for a minute. Later, cook it on low heat for a few minutes.
After, you add the watermelon mix to the pan. You can add heavy cream and by using a hand mixer to beat it. Make sure the mixer is on medium speed so that the mixture can become fluffy. Later, put the mixture in an ice cream maker and freeze it inside the fridge. Get a plastic container and put the ice cream in it and let it freeze for 2 hours.
- Spicy Watermelon Tomato Salad
-A tablespoon of chopped fresh lemon basil
-2 teaspoons of honey
-1/4 cup of rice wine vinegar
-2 tablespoons of chili-garlic sauce
-1/4 cup of olive oil
-A large yellow tomato
-A large red tomato
-2 cups of cubed and seeded watermelon
-Black pepper and salt to taste
Put the yellow tomato, red tomato, and the watermelon on a towel so that the moisture can spread from them. After, put them in a large bowl.
Mix the chili-garlic sauce, olive oil, honey, and wine vinegar in a bowl and later mix them together with the ingredients from the other bowl. Then use the salt, black pepper, and lemon basil to season it.
- The Melon Smoothie
-1/2 cup of ice cubes
-A cup of honeydew melon
-1/2 cup of lemon-lime soda pop
-A cup of cantaloupe melon
-2 cups of seedless watermelon
Put all of the ingredients in the blender, except for the lemon-lime soda. Blend the mixture until it’s homogenous, and then add the lemon-lime soda and stir it well.