1. Watermelon is full of antioxidants
That is, substances that save the body from the so-called oxidative stress (which scientists call among the culprits of aging).
First of all, it is vitamin C: one piece of medium-sized watermelon brings us 25% of the daily value of this vitamin.
And besides, vitamin C is needed to protect against infections and to maintain healthy teeth.
2. Watermelon helps the body cope with stress
And not only because its sweet taste and juiciness affect the production of pleasure hormones.
In watermelon, a lot of beta-carotene, which is vital for those who suffer from high psycho-emotional and physical exertion, is on a diet or whose body defenses due to age are already weakened.
Watermelon is also recommended to older people because it helps prevent Parkinson’s disease due to its high content of phenylalanine — an amino acid, the lack of which causes this chronic disease.
3. Watermelon reduces the risk of cancer
Due to the high content of lycopene: this substance saves us from cancer of the breast and prostate, intestines, stomach and lungs. Of course, lycopene is not a rare guest in red fruits and vegetables.
However, lycopene is more in watermelon than in tomato, by as much as 60%, and in fact, tomato is considered to be one of the main natural “lycopene” leaders.
In addition, lycopene is necessary for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases, and it also enhances the effect of beta-carotene: in general, from this point of view, watermelon is not like a berry, but like a whole pharmaceutical cabinet.
4. Watermelon has a lot of fiber.
Of course, in a dry language, the numbers seem to be not so much — only 0.4 g per 100 g. However, try to find a person who is limited to only one hundred grams of watermelon a day!
Therefore, if we translate this mathematics into a practical area, then it turns out that, on average, we eat that amount of watermelon per day, which becomes an excellent tool to meet the need for fiber.
And it is necessary for good intestinal work, prevention of cancer and healthy skin.
5. Watermelon removes toxins from the body.
Watermelon has a pronounced diuretic effect and removes excess fluid from the body. And with them, it washes away toxins — decomposition products of substances that naturally appear in the body non-stop.
Cellulose also contributes to the fight against toxins in the intestinal tract.
6. Watermelon protects the cardiovascular system and strengthens the immune system.
It has these properties due to its high content of citrulline, an essential amino acid that plays an important role in the cardiovascular system and immunity.
1 small slice of watermelon on a daily basis — and you can not worry about the lack of citrulline.
It is a pity that the season of watermelons has its end!
7. Watermelon helps control weight.
For this reason, it is widely used in weight loss programs and on its basis a watermelon diet has been created. Watermelon is well saturated with sugars, but its calorific value is so low (27 kcal per 100 g) that on a watermelon mono diet it is not at all difficult to lose 3 to 6 kilograms per week. True, most weight loss will occur due to the removal of excess fluid.
But the task of reducing the volumes and this method solves well!
Due to the pronounced diuretic effect with watermelon, one must be extremely careful of those suffering from urolithiasis.
Because of the same diuretic effect, watermelon actively flushes minerals from the body.
Therefore, it will be right to add mineral water to your diet in order to compensate for the loss if you eat watermelon daily in large quantities.
Diabetics are well aware that they are contraindicated for watermelon, but they are just as cautious about those who simply have high blood sugar.
If you suffer from constant thirst, coupled with quick fatigue and indomitable appetite, do not exceed a portion of 1 — 2 slices of watermelon per day — or donate a blood test for sugar to find out if you need to limit yourself.
Some watermelons have a higher nitrate content.
If you do not have a nitratomer, take security measures: eat only the ripest flesh of watermelon, cutting off a layer of 2-3 centimeters adjacent to the rind.