You'll Never Believe What Watermelon Can Do

| by Sheena Vasani

Experts reveal some of the surprising benefits watermelons can offer.

Watermelon is full of various nutrients, ranging from vitamin A to antioxidants and potassium, and offers a myriad of health benefits, LiveScience reports.

The various nutrients could potentially prevent cancer and improve heart, kidney, bone and eye health. Watermelon's nutrients may help reduce high blood pressure.

“The good amount of potassium and magnesium that is present in watermelons is very beneficial in bringing down blood pressure,” Organic Facts says.

Eating watermelon may also keep colds away while helping alleviate arthritic pain. This is because the fruit contains anti-inflammatory agents, such as lycopene and choline.

"When you're sick, you have cellular damage, which can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, smoking, pollution, disease, and your body becomes inflamed," Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at The University of Texas at Austin, told LiveScience. "It's called 'systemic inflammation.'"

Lyopene helps inhibit various inflammatory processes, offering relief.

That's not all. Watermelon also acts as one of those rare beauty products that makes you look naturally better.

The detoxifying effect of water combined with the moisturizing vitamin A helps give skin and hair a more radiant look, CureJoy reports.

The fruit is also the perfect summer snack for another reason: 92 percent of the fruit is made of water, reports indicate, which means the fruit may help stave off heat stroke.

"Watermelons are the perfect example of a food that can help you stay hydrated," confirms Jarzabkowsk.

For those who enjoy summer sports, or like going to the gym to get a beach-ready body, eating watermelon may help soothe muscle soreness.

“One study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo,” writes Dr. Joseph Mercola.

He warns people to be careful with this piece of information.

“You do need to be careful with drinking watermelon juice, though, as it contains a significant amount of fructose,” he adds. "It may be better to eat the entire fruit.”

Sources: LiveScience, Organic Facts, CureJoy, / Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons

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