Thursday, November 17, 2011
Posted by aria at 10:07 AM Thursday, November 17, 2011
Watermelon fruit is included in the Cucurbitaceae family. Football-sized round with green skin and red flesh with high water content and sweet taste. Not known for sure when the watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) began planted on farms, but according to historical records, this fruit has been known for thousands of years ago by the Egyptians (shown from the hierogliph pictures available on the tomb of Pharaoh).
Watermelon is rich in antioxidants, glutathione that are abundant in fruits and red vegetables. Antioxidants have been proven to effectively prevent various diseases. Such as tomatoes, watermelon contains lycopene, an antioxidant that helps fight heart disease and reduce the various types of cancers, particularly prostate cancer. In fact, according to USDA Database Caratenoid, lycopene content in watermelon is higher among the vegetables and other fruits. The importance of lycopene revealed a study published the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. Patients with colorectal adenoma (a polyp, which is the precursor of colorectal cancer) had levels lycopene 35 percent lower than those without polyps. In other words, our bodies need the ability of lycopene to protect body cells and also the structure of the body from damage.
Watermelon classified as fat-free fruit, low in calories, and therefore regarded as an ideal food for diet. Even so, this fruit is a good source of energy. Watermelon can also be a daily multivitamin. By eating just two cups of watermelon (which is cut into pieces), you've got your intake of vitamins A, B6, and C.
Vitamin A, as you already know, good for eye health. Consumption of this fruit regularly can help prevent night blindness and boosts immunity by increasing the function of the infection-fighting white blood cells called lymphocytes. Vitamin B6 produces chemical compounds of the brain, such as serotonin, melatonin, and dopamine. In various studies previously seen, these chemicals help the body cope with anxiety and panic. Vitamin B6 also plays a role in transforming proteins into energy. Vitamin C helps strengthen the immune system to fight infections and viruses, help accelerate healing of wounds, prevent cell damage caused by free radicals (which can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts), as well as helping healthy teeth and gums.
Two cups of watermelon is also a source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance and found inside every cell. Potassium also helps maintain the body's electrolyte levels and acid-base balance, and help lower the risk of high blood pressure. Not less importantly, potassium also helps muscles and nerves function.
Eating pieces of fruit will also increase the burning of fat and glucose. At least it was proven in mice. Amino acid arginie in watermelon effectively reduce fat in mice who were overweight. What interesting about this watermelon is not only the benefit of its flesh. The white part of watermelon contains compounds that act healthy kidneys, such as preventing and destroying kidney stone.