If you suffer from erectile dysfunction (ED), it’s time to head to the grocery store and buy some watermelon. According to research studies, watermelon may offer some of the same health benefits as the drug Viagra. Let us take a closer look at the Viagra-like effects of this tasty fruit.
Watermelon is a delicious tasting sweet summer fruit that is high in its water content (92%) and is made up of 6% sugar. Every part of the fruit can be eaten, including the seeds. This sets it apart from many other types of fruits. It is high in antioxidants such as lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes. It is also an excellent source of vitamins A, B1, B6, and C. It is rich in the minerals magnesium and potassium.
Causes of Erectile Dysfunction (ED)
Erectile dysfunction, also known as impotency, is a type of sexual problem in which a man is not able to get an erection (or keep one) in order to perform sexually. This issue can arise due to a variety of factors that take place in a man’s life. It can be caused by diabetes, atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), hypertension (high blood pressure), or stroke. Other causes include alcohol and tobacco use, stress, depression, or fatigue. Other potential causes include Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, prescription medications, or radiation therapy for testicular cancer. Relationship issues may other give rise to male impotency.
A research study conducted in 2008 pointed to this summer fruit as offering some of the same benefits for a man’s sexual health as Viagra does. The ingredient it contains that experts believe makes this so is an amino acid known as citrulline. This amino acid dilates and relaxes blood vessels. This mimics the effects of Viagra and other related medications used to treat ED.
According to Dr. Bhimu Patil, the director of Texas A& M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station, when this fruit is eaten, citrulline is converted to another basic amino aciud and essential nutrient called arginine by way of various enzymes. Arginine is beneficial for the heart and the circulatory system as a whole. It is also helpful for the immune system.
The combining of citrulline and arginine makes a harmonious relationship of amino acids in the body because it offers help for those who suffer from type two diabetes and obesity. Arginine boosts the levels of nitric oxide which relaxes blood vessels. This is the same effect that Viagra has when it comes to treating impotency. It may also prevent the onset of the sexual dysfunction.
How much watermelon do you need to consume in order to experience Viagra-like effects that will help your impotency problem? Research does not have a conclusive answer for this at the present time. More research is needed in this area. What is known is that an average four ounce serving of this yummy fruit (which equals about 10 watermelon balls) has an estimated 150 milligrams of citrulline contained in it. How much citrulline is needed to produce Viagra-related effects is also not known at present but everything known to date is very promising for those with erectile dysfunction.
Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
The seeds of this fruit contain a substance known as cucurbocitrin which helps to improve the function of the kidneys and also helps to lower blood pressure. The seeds are high in both oil and protein which the body requires. Watermelon seeds are made up of 50% oil, 35% protein, not to mention 5% dietary fiber. The seeds are high in both micro-nutrients and macro-nutrients. It contains a plentiful supply of calcium, iron, phosphorous, potassium and iron.
The United States is not the only place in the world where eating watermelon seeds is popular. In Asia, watermelon seeds are roasted and then seasoned before being ground up into a type of cereal that is then used to make bread and bread products. They are also commonly eaten as a snack food. In China, watermelon seeds are one of the most popular and common kinds of snack foods. They are sold in stores as both roasted and seasoned. They make a delicious and healthy treat any time of the day. In West Africa, the seeds are pressed to make an oil, and from there are used in various dishes such as egusi soup.
If you are looking for a new means of treating erectile dysfunction, before asking your doctor for a Viagra prescription, start eating watermelon and see what a difference it can make to your sex life. Not only will this fruit improve the blood flow of your penis, but it also boosts many other health benefits.