Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Watermelon Health Benefits

Watermelon belongs to Cucurbitaceae family that also includes pumpkins, cucumber, and squash. The melon is believed to be native to South Africa and 92 percent of it, is composed of water. Like other fruits, it is a good source of antioxidant and vitamins.

When sliced, watermelon has a very attractive appearance and its flesh is very sweet, a best thirst-quenching fruit in hot summertime. The watermelons can be found in our markets throughout the year, but they are plenty during summer.

There are many different varieties of watermelons you can find in the market, ranging in color, taste and size. Some common variety available in the market include: Carolina Cross, Densuke Watermelon, Yellow Crimson Watermelon, Cream of Saskatchewan, Melitopolski, The Moon-and-Stars and Orangeglo.

The health benefits of watermelon is really great. No matter how sliced, it is packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.

Watermelon is an excellent source of several vitamins: Vitamin A, which helps maintain eye health and prevent cataract, vitamin C, which helps heal wounds, prevent cell damage, strengthen the immune system, maintain teeth and gums health, and vitamin B6, which helps improve brain function and helps convert protein to energy.

Watermelon also contains the amino acids citrulline and arginine, which can help maintain artery, blood flow and overall cardiovascular health.

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