Wonderful watermelon is another example of Hippocrates’ teaching of food as medicine

Many, many foods in their whole and natural state serve as medicine for a healthy body.

Wonderful watermelon is another example of Hippocrates’ teaching of food as medicine.

Wonderful watermelon, as its name indicates, is mostly water—92 percent.

But that juicy fruit is soaked with nutrients such as vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as amino acids, antioxidants, potassium and lycopene.

Those nutrients are present in all parts of the watermelon, including seeds and rind.

Scientists have taken special notice that watermelon has one of the highest levels of lycopene of all produce.

Lycopene is a naturally occurring phytonutrient that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions.

Lycopene is linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer protection.

It is also a powerful antioxidant thought to have substantial anti-inflammatory properties, according to researchers at the University of Texas in Austin.

Watermelon contains choline, which also helps control inflammation.

Another phytonutrient present in the wonderful watermelon is the amino acid citrulline which converts to the amino acid arginine, promoting good blood flow, cardiac health, improved circulation and erectile dysfunction improvement. (Texas A & M).

(But don’t pig out on watermelon expecting a Viagra effect!)

A recent study in the American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extracts reduced hypertension and lowered blood pressure in obese adults.

Wonderful watermelon helps keep you hydrated and its juice is loaded with healthy electrolytes.( Many people don’t drink enough water and are chronically dehydrated).

Watermelons are thought to have originated in the Kalahari Desert in Africa eons ago, and are related to cucumbers, squash and pumpkins. The first recorded watermelon harvest is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics about 5,000 years ago.

Merchants spread the wonderful watermelon seeds around the Mediterranean Sea countries and by the 10th century were grown in China. Today China is the world’s leader in watermelon production.

The Moors introduced watermelon to western Europe in the 13th century.

Historians seem to agree that watermelon seeds made their way to the U.S. via African slaves. So we have them to thank for one of our favorite fruits—particularly in summer.

The U.S. ranks 5th in world production of the wonderful watermelon, with most production in the states of Florida, California, Arizona, Texas and Georgia.

Watermelon extracts are included in some high quality whole food supplements.

Sources include: FruitsAndVeggiesMoreMatters.org, MedicalNewsToday.com, LiveScience.com