The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

Filed Under: General Health, Food and Nutrition
Last Reviewed 07/31/2015

The Heart Health Benefits of Watermelon

I thought I knew all there was to know about the perks of different types of fruit, but then I discovered a refreshing summertime drink with a fruit I had underestimated: watermelon. Watermelon contains a number of important nutrients, including:

  • Carotenoids lycopene and beta carotene that neutralize free radicals to prevent heart disease, cancer, and other diseases. Research shows that lycopene decreases the risk for cancer of the breast, prostate, endometrium, lung and colon, and other diseases.
  • Vitamins A and C which bolster your immune system. One specific health benefit of watermelon is that it provides 24.3% of the daily value for Vitamin C.
  • Vitamin K that helps control blood pressure, regulate heart beat, and possibly prevent strokes.
  • B vitamins: B1 and B6, important for energy production.
  • MagnesiumWorks to lower blood pressure, assuage arrhythmia, and more.
  • Potassium: A cardinal mineral for the cardiovascular system.

Loaded with such powerful antioxidants, watermelon does everything right for your health. The health benefits of watermelon include quenching inflammation, an underlying culprit in heart disease, diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma.

How to make Watermelon Delight: Fill up a blender with chunks of chilled watermelon. Add water (either filtered, bottle, or fresh spring) until the container is about 2/3 full. Add the juice of a fresh lemon. Blend to the thickness and consistency you prefer: For use as a sunny sorbet you can freeze for later, use less water. For a little variety—and extra antioxidants—toss in fresh strawberries, organic raspberries, and/or ripe fresh mango.

The only downside with watermelon is that it’s a high-glycermic food.  So, if you have diabetes, balance your watermelon intake with a chaser of nuts for fat and protein to get the full health benefits of watermelon.

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