Scientists are discovering the wonderful health benefits of watermelon. Findings of an ongoing study by Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center show the deep-red watermelon variety contains lycopene, which slows down aging and prevents prostate cancer. Watermelons have vitamins A and C, which are beneficial for our eyes. Watermelons increase the body’s arginine, an amino acid that relaxes the blood vessels, increases blood flow to the heart, and helps men with erectile dysfunction.
Watermelons are made up of 92% pure alkaline water, which makes them safe for the stomach and a good alternative drink. They have health benefits for the whole digestive tract — the mouth, oesophagus, stomach, and intestines. For example, they can relieve the pain of mouth sores. Like coconut water, they cleanse the kidneys and bladder.
Watermelons are a rich source of B vitamins, electrolytes and potassium. Compared to apples, they have only half as much sugar, and yet taste sweeter because of their high water content. They are effective in preventing heat stroke and heat exhaustion. Their pulp can be used to treat heat rash and burns. Finally, watermelons contain more glutathione per bite than 95 other fruits and vegetables. This makes them a natural whitener and antioxidant.