Watermelon’s Remarkable Health Benefits

BY Ryan Bisram TIMEJune 4, 2014 PRINT

Watermelons are the perfect healthy treat for the summer. Sweet, juicy, and best served ice cold, watermelons are extremely versatile and delicious. Eat ’em on their own or as part of a tasty fruit salad. Even better, the sweetness of watermelons work great in smoothies, helping you to feel energized throughout your day. And the benefits of watermelon don’t stop there. Did you know they’re excellent for your heath, too?

Among the benefits of watermelon are the vitamins packed into the fruit. They’re a great source of vitamin A, C, and B6. Watermelons also contain the amino acids citrulline and arginine which can help maintain a healthy blood flow and boost your overall cardiovascular function. They’re also a great source of potassium, which can lower your risk of high blood pressure. Most people would think of bananas when it comes to good sources of potassium, but watermelons are just as good!

Vitamin C is a great immune booster, and while most people would quickly reach for an orange, it is one of the many benefits of watermelon that can improve your healthB6 vitamins can minimize the risk of inflammation and help support your nervous system, and vitamin A can actually keep cancer at bay by keeping your cells healthy and limiting the production of DNA in cancerous cells.

Watermelons also contain high levels of lycopene, which is an antioxidant that can also fight cancer and heart disease. Lycopene is also quite high in tomatoes, and can also fight cardiovascular disease

Watermelons are great in salads, smoothies, or even on their own, but if you’re looking for a great refreshing summer drink, try this great tasting watermelon lemonade!  Watermelons are synonymous with summer, as a hot summer picnic just isn’t the same without this delicious treat. Eat up!

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