When we think of summer, we often think of a delicious wedge-shaped cold piece of juicy watermelon. This said, watermelon can be found all year round.
There are many benefits to eating watermelon. First of all, they are a great way to get many of your vitamins. Vitamin A, good for maintaining eye health and also an antioxidant; Vitamin C, a plus for strengthening our immunity and encouraging healthy teeth and gums, and Vitamin B6, great for boosting brain functioning and converting protein into energy.
In the past, tomatoes have been given a lot of credit for a great source of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant which helps to fight heart disease and several types of cancer – prostate cancer in particular. However, watermelon actually has the highest concentrations of lycopene of any fresh fruit or vegetable! It is also a great source of potassium, which helps to lower the risk of high blood pressure. Watermelon also contains the two amino acids citrulline and arginine. These amino acids help to maintain arteries, blood flow and overall cardiovascular function. And don’t forget, watermelon is not only low in calories, it is even high in fiber.
So even though many of us think of watermelon as a dessert or snack option, when you think about all the nutrition it packs, you might want to have it as a main part of your cuisine.