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COOL CORNER: BEYOND THE SUMMER FLAVOR

May 18, 2015

 

Kool-Aid, Jolly Ranchers, Twizzlers, Starbursts and yes even Skittles ! Watermelon a popular flavor for candy manufacturers has made its mark from the movie theatre concession to the drugstores to even nostalgic memories of my latter weekly sour gummy watermelon slices from the Sweet Factory! It’s automatic that most Americans when they think of watermelon are guilty of associating watermelon with candy! Watermelon is no longer deemed the stereotypical flavor for processed candy; infact there is more to watermelon beyond it's flavor! Read on to find out how to become cool yet healthy beyond the summer flavor!

 

  • At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A, according to the USDA. That’s not all

  • The water content in watermelon is extremely high at 92%. It is rich in beta-carotene, folate, vitamin C, vitamin B5 and smaller amounts of B1, B2, B3 and B6

  • Watermelon contains dietary fiber for digestive health as well as potassium,

  • The rich beta-carotene and vitamin C content in this big fruit does wonders in quenching inflammation that contributes to conditions like osteoarthritis or rheumatoid arthritis.

  • It has more lycopene than raw tomatoes, Some research even suggests that lycopene, typically found in red fruits and vegetables, may help fight heart disease and several types of cancer

  • Watermelon Juice is said to relieve muscle soreness

  • You can achieve younger looking skin with just 2-cups of watermelon daily. Research shows that watermelon cuts the risk of sun related skin damage by 40%. That's because watermelon is nature's richest source of lycopene, an antioxidant that scavenges the UV-induced free radicals that cause sunburn and wrinkling. Lycopene may also help reduce the risks of cancer and other diseases.

  • Watermelon is supposedly said to improve sleep. By eating a few slices of this fruit after dinner it can extend the deep stages of sleep by 27%. The reason is that watermelon's polysaccharide carbohydrates rev the body's output of serotonin.

  • Boosts energy so your feeling cool all summer long!  A daily serving of watermelon has been shown to boost energy levels by up to 23%. This is because watermelon contains vitamin B6, which the body uses to synthesize feel good dopamine. It also contains magnesium, which assists in the body's formation of adenosine triphosphate

  • Promotes faster healing of wound and other skin problems. The fruit is packed with the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arginine. Arginine speeds the delivery of white blood cells to injury sites, plus spurs the growth of new skin tissue. Study show that these processes can help skin heal 3x faster

  • Watermelon contains an abundance of an amino acid called L-citruline

  • It has an alkalinizing effect which maintains the acid-alkaline balance in the body, which neutralizes any toxic conditions of the body resulting from excessive intake of acid-forming foods

  • Alleviates high blood pressure

  • It’s diuretic action helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body, reducing water retention, especially for women during their monthly menstruation cycle and in pregnant women

  • Watermelon is a natural diuretic, hence the name water in the name is a dead giveaway as it’s good for hydration

  • Acts as a natural viagra and in the area of improved circulation. Studies have shown that watermelon has Viagra-like effects where increased circulation is guaranteed

  • Watermelon juice is known to prevent cholesterol from clogging arteries and can increase HDL, the good cholesterol, reducing the risks of cardiovascular diseases

  • Watermelon is a happy fruit!  Watermelon has been scientifically proven to be a mood booster and mood elevator because it’s crammed generously with vitamin B6.  Research has confirmed that people who suffer from chronic depression and anxiety have lower levels of vitamin B6

  • Boosting Your Antioxidant Levels: Watermelon is exceptionally rich in lycopene (hence its red color) and other carotenoids such as lutein and beta-carotene

  • Watermelon seeds are very high in protein and   1 cup of dried seeds containing 30.6g, which is 61 percent of the daily recommended value. The protein in watermelon seeds consists of several amino acids, one of which is arginine, and actually are high in healthy fats.

  • Watermelon reduces toxic matters in the body, that in turn reduces asthma attacks.

 

RECOMMENDED WATERMELON SMOOTHIE RECIPE

http://www.healthfulpursuit.com/2013/07/watermelon-smoothie-cooler/

 

DISCLAIMER: The nutritional and well-being information on this site is not intended to be a substitute for professional nutritional or  medical advice. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical or health condition.

 

 

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