I admit it. I love watermelon. I simply cannot get enough of this wonderful juicy red fruit. It is sweet, it is tasty and it has only 46 calories per cup. It is good freshly cut, squeezed, juiced, mushed, or frozen. It can be part of a tasty salad. There are so many ways to use it and the good news is watermelon is natures sweetest medicine.
So what makes this wonderful red fruit so good for you? Well it is packed with vitamin A, which is very important for support eye health. It also is an antioxidant that can help the body fight off the damaging effects of free radicals. Add the fact that Watermelon has vitamin C, which much like vitamin A, is "medicine" for the immune system, it also helps heal wounds, prevent cell damage and promote healthy teeth and gums. But wait! There is more to this sweet melon. Take a nice bite of watermelon to get some vitamin B. This vitamin is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine and as we all know this helps stabilize your mood.
Want to take an even bigger bite of watermelon? Here is another tasty reason. It is very high in lycopene (thus its red color) which is important for our cardiovascular health and bone health as well as it can help protect your skin from sun damage. Just when you think watermelon cannot get much healthier one must keep in mind that it has the amino acids citrulline and arginine which may promote healthy arteries, blood flow and cardiovascular function.
Watermelon is a great potassium source so if you do not want to reach for that banana, take a few slices of watermelon and get the benefits of potassium. If you need still more reasons to indulge in this scrumptious fruit, watermelon is hydrating so it can help people lose weight and leave a great taste in their mouth. It can also aid with kidney and bladder function.
There are many great ways to prepare watermelon. My favorite way is to just slice it and eat it just the way it is. I never knew eating something so juicy and sweet could be so healthy for me. So next time you get a sweet tooth, go the good stuff. Watermelon is good for you!
If you live in Tucson Arizona I have found the best places to get good fresh watermelons at the local farmers market and Costco. So do yourself a health flavor today and bite into some of nature's sweetest medicine.