Watermelon

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About Watermelon

Watermelon originates from southern Africa; however, China produces almost 75% of the watermelon in the world.  There are more than 1,000 varieties of watermelon.

Nutrition Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is comprised of over 90% water.  It is filled with Lycopene – which is a carotenoid antioxidant that makes it red.  Watermelon actually contains more lycopene than tomatoes – which is the primary health benefit that tomatoes are known for.  Lycopene is thought to be the best of the carotenoids.

Watermelon also contains an amino acid called Ditrulline – which gets converted into arginine – which is converted into Nitric Oxide.  Nitric oxide helps relax your muscles and dilate your arteries to increase blood flow.  Therefore – it is linked to helping reduce blood pressure and helping athletes with energy and endurance.

Other benefits that watermelon has been linked to are relieving muscle soreness, stroke prevention, reducing risk of ovarian cancer, cardiovascular health, bone health, and anti-inflammatory.

Smoothie Tips

In our recipes that call for Watermelon – we are likely using this as the liquid source for the smoothie.

While you can eat watermelon rinds and they are very healthy.  But we don’t really like the taste of them in our recipes, so we don’t use the rinds ourselves.

Nutrition Facts

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Watermelon scores well for 13 health goals

This ingredient was scored for various health goals Learn more.

The Research

Athletic Performance: Score 96

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It helps to reduce the recovery heart rate and the muscle soreness after 24 hours. It is a source of citrulline, which results in elevated plasma arginine levels. It has a beneficial effect on circulation

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Blood Pressure: Score 94

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Has a beneficial effect on arterial function and blood pressure and improves aortic blood pressure and wave reflection in individuals with prehypertension.

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Circulatory System (Cardiovascular): Score 94

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Watermelon has a beneficial effect on blood pressure and arterial function. It reduces the effects of a bad artery clogging diet.

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Erectile Dysfunction: Score 94

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Watermelon has a beneficial effect on blood pressure and arterial function. It reduces the effects of a bad artery clogging diet.

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Parkinson's: Score 94

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Protective effect of lycopene on oxidative stress and cognitive decline in rotenone induced model of Parkinson's disease.

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Lung Cancer: Score 92

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Human: It was inversely associated with lung cancer risk.

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Asthma: Score 90

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Contains lycopene, which may help asthma.

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Breast Cancer: Score 90

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Human: It is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer.

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Cancer: Score 90

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Human: It is associated with a lower risk of breast cancer. It is inversely associated with lung cancer risk. It may be protective against prostate cancer.

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Prostate: Score 90

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Human: Watermelon contains lycopene, which may be protective against prostate cancer.

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Eye Health: Score 88

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Watermelon contains lycopene, which helps to protect against cataracts.

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Thyroid: Score 88

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Melons and Mangoes may have a positive effect on hypoglycemia

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Diabetes (Type 2): Score 86

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Animal: Watermelon significantly ameliorates the metabolic syndrome in diabetic fatty rats. It may have an ameliorative effect on artery clogging diet induced dyslipidemia, hypothyroidism and hyperglycemia in rats.

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How Our Scoring System Works

For each health goal, we assigned a score to each recipe and each ingredient. This helps you better understand the correlation that medical research is suggesting between foods and benefits to various health goals. Our scoring system is based on REAL RESEARCH published on pubmed.gov. This is a website that curates over 25 million different biomedical journals.

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What we consider when creating your scores:

  • 1Type of Study (human, animal, lab, or academic review)
  • 2Amount of Research
  • 3What the Research Says
  • 4How much of the ingredient we use (for the recipes)
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