Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium.
Watermelon is an unusual fruit source of the carotenoid lycopene and a rich source of phenolic antioxidants. Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, a triterpene anti-inflammatory phytonutrient, and unusual amounts of the amino acid citrulline. Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin C. It is also a good source of pantothenic acid, copper, biotin, potassium, vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), vitamin B1, vitamin B6 and magnesium.
Lycopene is important for biosynthesis and helps the body absorb and integrate beta-carotene, which is important for the health of skin, hair and nails
Free radicals in the body are responsible for causing signs of aging such as fine lines, wrinkles and age spots. Watermelon is a rich source of antioxidants like lycopene, Vitamin A and C. These help reduce free radicals in the body, thus preventing signs of aging. Watermelon can be applied to the skin topically and consumed too for getting the best results.
Promotes Heart Health
This was not the first study in which watermelon extracts performed well in lowering blood pressure.
In a six-week clinical study published in 2010 in American Journal of Hypertension, L-citrulline and L-arginine from watermelon improved arterial function and lowered aortic blood pressure in middle-aged subjects who were prehypertensive, or at risk for developing high blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.
Researchers concluded that watermelon’s vasodilatory effects qualified it as a functional food,meaning one that has been scientifically shown to prevent disease and promote health.
Aids Kidney Health
Passing a kidney stone can be one of the most painful experiences out there, so it is probably in everyone’s best interest to keep the kidneys happy and healthy.
Watermelon “eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.”
Lowers Blood Pressure
It could save your life. A new study by Florida State University Associate Professor Arturo Figueroa, published in the American Journal of Hypertension, found that watermelon could significantly reduce blood pressure in overweight individuals both at rest and while under stress.
Fights Prostate Cancer
While watermelon certainly should not be used to battle cancer on its own, it does contain specific cancer-fighting nutrients.
As posted on Live Science: “Watermelons may be helpful in reducing the risk of cancer through their antioxidant properties.
“Lycopene in particular has been linked to reducing prostate cancer… according to the National Cancer Institute.”