Watermelon is not only a delicious summer treat, it is also very good for you. Watermelon has several anti-aging qualities and the flesh, the rind and the seeds can all be used to enhance your health.
Watermelon Contains Citrulline
Citrulline is an amino acid that has anti-inflammatory effects. It has been shown to relax blood vessels and is sold as a performance enhancing athletic supplement due to its ability to reduce muscle fatigue. It may also be a mild libido booster, working in the same manner as some impotence drugs. Watermelon, particularly yellow fleshed watermelon, is a natural source of citrulline, which is most concentrated in the rind (which can be eaten fried or pickled as a vegetable).
Watermelon Seeds are Nutritious
Watermelon seeds are not often purposefully consumed in Western cultures, but are roasted and eaten in Eastern cultures. They are a rich source of protein and unsaturated fats, as well as most essential amino acids. They are also a good source of B vitamins, iron, selenium, zinc and magnesium as well as other minerals. Maintaining good levels of these nutrients is essential to good skin and high energy levels. However, simply swallowing the seeds is not enough, as they will pass through the digestive system intact if the tough outer shell is not broken. Many Asian supermarkets sell roasted watermelon seeds, or you can try roasting them yourself.
Watermelon is a Source of Lycopene
Lycopene is a potent antioxidant and is responsible for the red color of red-fleshed watermelon. Lycopene can help to eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals are thought to exaggerate many of the visible signs of aging such as wrinkles and lines on the skin. Lycopene may also help to guard against conditions such as heart disease, cancer and diabetes.
Watermelon is Mostly Water
Watermelon is a mild diuretic and so can help to gently flush out toxins from the body. This is assisted by the fact that watermelon consists of around 92% water. So, eating watermelon will help keep you hydrated in a way that might be more palatable than drinking plain water. Keeping yourself hydrated helps to maintain collagen production, which promotes firm, youthful skin and a healthy body.
Watermelon is Low in Calories
One of the most effective ways to keep a youthful appearance as well as good health is to maintain a healthy weight. Watermelon is an ideal snack food for a healthy eating plan as it is very filling and nutritious, but contains very few calories (approximately 30 calories per 100 grams). So, eating watermelon can help you to lose weight and have a healthy lifestyle which in turn will keep you feeling and looking young.
Watermelon is an excellent anti-aging food that also makes a delicious snack or dessert. Take advantage of this summer fruit by including it in your diet regularly and reap the cosmetic and health benefits.