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6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

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6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

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1.Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes

Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. It’s most often associated with tomatoes, but watermelon is actually a more concentrated source.

Compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene (6 milligrams (mg) in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato). More on why lycopene is so important shortly…

2.Watermelon Juice May Relieve Muscle Soreness

If you have a juicer, try juicing about one-third of a fresh watermelon and drinking its juice prior to your next workout. This contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.

One study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo.

You do need to be careful with drinking watermelon juice, though, as it contains a significant amount of fructose. It may be better to eat the entire fruit, or opt for these other tips to prevent muscle soreness.

3.Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable

Remember how watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit (it’s a sweet, seed-producing plant, after all). The other clue that watermelon is both fruit and vegetable? The rind is entirely edible…

4.You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.

Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.

While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization.)

5.It’s Mostly Water

This might not be surprising, but it’s still a fun fact; watermelon is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon with you on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration (it’s not a substitute for drinking plenty of fresh water, however).

6.Some Watermelon Are Yellow

The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet. It’s likely that yellow watermelon offers its own unique set of nutritional benefits, but most research to date has focused on the pink-fleshed varieties.

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Mojito Watermelon

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Mojito Watermelon

I sent an article out recently about the benefits of

watermelon.  This may make some enjoy that watermelon even more.

Ingredients

2 tbsp. olive oil

2 strips lime zest, sliced,

plus 2 tbsp juice

1 tsp. sugar

kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/2 small watermelon, rind

discarded and sliced

1/3 c. torn mint

Flaky sea salt

 

Directions

 

Whisk together oil, lime juice, and sugar

in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

 

Serve watermelon topped with dressing, lime

zest, mint, and sea salt.

 

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Ancient Foods That Heal

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For centuries, ancient peoples have turned to certain foods and drinks for restoring body and mind back to balance. Mother nature truly does provide real miracle gifts for us to use to revitalize our spirit during or following challenging days. Here are some miracles from nature (and one from the hand of man) that will make you feel brand new.

1. Lemons
Lemon truly is a gift from nature to humankind. Its clean fragrance alone has the power to alleviate anxiety and restore state of mind. When squeezed into water hot or cold, lemon has the power to revitalize and restore the spirit in one of the most simplistic yet refreshing drinks in existence. Lemons are packed with vitamin C, B vitamins, potassium, calcium, iron, magnesium and bioflavonoids (vitamin P). They contain antibacterial, antiseptic, anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties. Lemons are great for restoring pH balance in the body and cleansing the liver and kidneys as well.

2. Watermelon
Watermelon is a health all-star. It is a wonderful choice for rehydration, which can play a role in stress. Watermelons are full of water but also phytonutrients, vitamins A and tons of C, some B vitamins, antioxidants, beta carotene for the eyes and amino acid citrulline. Watermelons are a good source of potassium, which is a natural stress buster that works to lower blood pressure. Potassium is also important for nerve and muscle support, and controls the excitation of our nerves. This makes watermelon wonderful for getting a refreshing, re-hydrating “whoosh” and bringing your body, mind and spirit back into balance.

3. Coconut water
Young coconuts and coconut water truly are almost miracle health twins packed with restorative power for body, mind and soul. Coconut water, like watermelon, is a super re-hydrating elixir loaded with electrolytes, potassium and B vitamins. Potassium is well known to help lower blood pressure (hypertension) while the B vitamins such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and B-6 create the effect of “coating” the nervous system protectively, providing relief from anxiety, depression and stress. And the electrolytes found in coco water will help re-hydrate and restore the body, which in turn revitalizes your mood and mind state to balance.

4. Kombucha
Kombucha tea is a fermented drink packed with amazing revitalizing properties. It has been consumed by civilizations worldwide for centuries and is made by fermenting in a symbiotic colony of bacteria and yeast. Kombucha is lightly fermented, and does give a real “whoosh” when consumed. It is loaded with probiotics which yield improved digestion and gut health overall. It contains the B vitamins which are excellent for curbing depression and anxiety, and being loaded with anti-oxidants is highly beneficial for your immune system and energy levels.

 

 

Please share this with family and loved ones.  If you are experiencing any of these conditions, or you do not know if your medications are compatible with these foods, please give your healthcare provider a call, or call us anytime.

 

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Watermelon and High Blood Pressure

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Eating as little as two one-inch slices of watermelon daily,
can stop pre-hypertension from ever turning into full-blown
high blood pressure, according to Florida State University.
Watermelon is the richestdietary source of L-citruline, an
amino acid that your body converts into artery-relaxing
L-arginine. L-arginine supplements are another option,
but many people struggle with nausea, indigestion and
diarrhea when they take these pills. Watermelon will not
upset your tummy one bit.
 
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Three Benefits to Watermelon

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Three Benefits of Watermelon That May Surprise You

Watermelon is yet another example of a natural food that can enhance the quality of our health, from antioxidant protection to soothing muscle soreness. This is a summer fruit you do not want to miss!

Watermelon, like tomatoes, is a rich source of lycopene, an extremely potent carotenoid antioxidant.1 Lycopene has been shown to be protective against prostate cancer, helps to protect the skin from the sun’s rays, and benefits the cardiovascular system, as high circulating lycopene levels are linked to reduced heart attack and stroke risk.

Watermelon is also rich in the amino acid citrulline. Citrulline drives the production of nitric oxide, which is a key regulator of blood pressure.2 Studies conducted in adults with prehypertension or hypertension showed that the watermelon extract supplement groups experienced improvements in blood pressure compared to placebo groups.3,4

Watermelon, due to citrulline, could potentially reduce muscle soreness after exercise. One study found that athletes who were given 16 ounces of watermelon juice after intense exercise experienced lower levels of muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to athletes given a placebo drink.5

Watermelon becomes most ripe and delicious come August, so get ready to load up this summer on this juicy, refreshing, health-promoting fruit!

References:

  1. Edwards AJ, Vinyard BT, Wiley ER, et al: Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans. J Nutr 2003;133:1043-1050. 2. Collins JK, Wu G, Perkins-Veazie P, et al: Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults. Nutrition 2007;23:261-266. 3. Figueroa A, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Perkins-Veazie PM, et al: Effects of watermelon supplementation on aortic blood pressure and wave reflection in individuals with prehypertension: a pilot study. Am J Hypertens 2011;24:40-44. 4. Figueroa A, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Wong A, et al: Watermelon extract supplementation reduces ankle blood pressure and carotid augmentation index in obese adults with prehypertension or hypertension. Am J Hypertens 2012;25:640-643. 5. Tarazona-Diaz MP, Alacid F, Carrasco M, et al: Watermelon juice: potential functional drink for sore muscle relief in athletes. J Agric Food Chem 2013;61:7522-7528.

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