Watermelon: Learn the Many Health Benefits of This Refreshing and Delicious Fruit!
BENEFITS OF WATERMELON
Watermelons originated in Africa and were first cultivated in Egypt where their existence was recorded in hieroglyphics on temple walls. Today watermelon is eaten all over the world and is best during the hot summer months. However watermelon is much more than a tasty treat; this fruit is packed with disease-fighting nutrients and is actually one of the healthiest foods you can eat!
Part of the cucurbitaceae family along with cantaloupes, squash and pumpkins, watermelons are nature’s thirst quencher at 92% water. Besides excellent hydration qualities, watermelons also contain natural ingredients that quell inflammation, a major factor that contributes to asthma, arthritis, atherosclerosis, diabetes and colon cancer.
The tubby watermelon is packed with powerful antioxidants that neutralize free radicals in the body and fight against disease. One cup of watermelon contains 25% of your daily value of vitamin C, and the fruit also delivers a sweet dose of thiamin, potassium and magnesium. Also rich in vitamin A in beta-carotene form, watermelon protects against macular degeneration, one of the main causes of age-related blindness. Pink-colored watermelons, the most popular variety, are also a fantastic source of lycopene, whose cancer-fighting properties have been well documented.
MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR WATERMELON
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