Watermelon is a summer picnic/get together staple, but did you know that it has amazing health benefits in both its delicious flesh as well as in the rind? Watermelon and its rind are excellent sources of vitamins A and C and are high in lycopene, a powerful anti oxidant and citrulline, an amino acid that is converted by the body into another amino acid called arginine.
Research by the Agricultural Research Service discovered that watermelon rinds contain citrulline. Citrulline creates arginine, an amino acid that makes proteins for your body and plays a role in the relaxation of your blood vessels. Some people have a natural deficiency of arginine. Watermelon rind extract is currently being studied as a possible treatment for angina and other heart and blood conditions.
“The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes,” said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station. “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”
Acne, especially when it occurs on your face, can be a humiliating medical condition, but using watermelon rind might help prevent breakouts. An article at the Compleat Mother website notes that eating watermelon is key for treating acne, but you can also rub watermelon rind on acne as a method of naturally clearing up your face or other areas affected.
While watermelon and its rind are extremely beneficial for our bodies, low in calories and high in nutrients, the bonus for sure is that it is delicious, refreshing, versatile and from nature! Again, nature has given us a delicious tool to make ourselves healthy.
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