Watermelon is a subtle fruit you probably associate with picnics and summertime. Low in calories, high in antioxidants, and deliciously sweet – I wish I could get this summer fruit, year-round. It’s my favorite way to hydrate in the hottest months of the year.
Want to know what’s even better? It’s the perfect superfood for your heart. Even though the common watermelon may not be considered a superfood, it definitely is when it comes to preventing heart disease.
Cardiovascular Disease Is Still The #1 Killer In The United States
The power of this delicious summer fruit to help lower your cholesterol plays a key role in reducing your risk of heart disease and diabetes.
I found the added health benefits of watermelon’s ability to help reduce body weight just as important since the obesity epidemic is the primary factor in both heart disease and diabetes.
Another study done by Florida State University suggests watermelon offers natural protection against hypertension and cardiovascular disease.
In nine subjects over six weeks, they discovered all participants had improved function of their arteries and lower blood pressure.
“We are the first to document improved aortic [heart valve function] in pre-hypertensive but otherwise healthy middle-aged men and women receiving therapeutic doses of watermelon,” said one of the researchers involved.. ”
These findings suggest that this ‘functional food’ has a [widening of the blood vessel] effect, and one that may prevent pre-hypertension from progressing to full-blown [high blood pressure], a major risk factor for heart attacks and strokes.”
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What Is The Secret of Watermelon?
The alpha-amino acid Citrulline produced by watermelon is converted by your body into Arginine (the amino acid you need for blood pressure regulation and wound healing).
It’s highest natural edible concentration is found in watermelon, which your body is able to process and use very easily. Watermelon is also an abundant resource of Vitamin A/Beta-Carotene, Vitamin B6/Pyridoxine, Fiber, Potassium, and Lycopene.
When it comes to avoiding a heart attack or stroke it is important to treat the whole cardiovascular system. 60% of adults in the US suffer from high blood pressure.
Watermelon-converted Arginine may help treat high blood pressure, skyrocketing blood sugar levels, and vascular problems.
That such a beloved, inexpensive, and readily available food could impact this staggering statistic and your heart health cannot be ignored.
But Wait…There’s More Health Benefits of Watermelon!
- Make the right choice when you choose watermelon over energy drinks. You’ll get the boost from Magnesium and B Vitamins (especially B1 and B6) without the crash, those annoying jitters, or mood swings.
- The strong presence of electrolytes and potassium makes watermelon a healthy alternative to sodium-heavy sport drinks. Your body gets back what it loses when you sweat without all the additives and artificial flavors.
- Lycopene – which gives watermelon its red color – has been found to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
- Arginine is necessary for wound healing and cell division. Citrulline levels affect the levels of Arginine in your system…which affects your body’s ability to heal itself.
- Vitamin C and Vitamin A are powerful antioxidants which help strengthen your body’s immune system.
- At 90% water it’s a natural choice for hydration – especially when the heat index is over 100°. The concentration of Citrulline helps flush ammonia and other toxins from your system, helping to keep your body cool and refreshed. This provides a dual benefit to your kidneys and liver as well.
- Watermelon acts as nature’s version of male sexual performance enhancement by relaxing blood vessels, preventing and treating erectile dysfunction without the risk of stroke.
Watermelon is one of the highest ranked fruits because it gives so much with few calories and no fat. Add it to fruit smoothies, salads, or make it a snack all its own.
Try this quick and easy recipe to get your daily dose and the benefits of watermelon while giving your body the boost it needs: