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How Does A Watermelon Affect My Health?

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Rajesh Shri answered
A watermelon besides being refreshing and mouthwatering also packs several health benefits; a watermelon is about 90% water and 8% sugar making it one of the best fruits to stay hydrated during the summer season with loads of energy.

It is a powerhouse of vital elements comprising of minerals like potassium, magnesium and Vitamins A, B1, B6 and C. It is an antioxidant helping in neutralizing the effect of free radicals and thus preventing life threatening conditions like heart disease, stroke, cancer and high blood pressure from developing.

Its high water and low calorie content makes it a boon for dieters as it offers maximum nutrients per serving making for a satisfying accompaniment to a meal as dessert. It is cooling and anti inflammatory in nature helping to alleviate the symptoms of conditions like arthritis and asthma.

Watermelons like pumpkins and squashes to which they are related is a good source of carotenoids that help in retarding macular degeneration a primary cause of vision loss. One of the most important substances that can be found in watermelons is lycopene an antioxidant also found in tomatoes which has been found to have immense health benefits helping in preventing cell damage and lowering cholesterol levels and protecting from a host of illnesses related to the prostate, colon and cardiovascular diseases.
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Rachel Sharp answered
Watermelon is full of antioxidants. It's a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A. It has a lot of beta-carotene. Watermelon also has a lot of the antioxidant, lycopene.

These antioxidants neutralize the free radicals that damage the cells. Free radicals oxidise cholesterol and make it stick inside blood vessels. Therefore watermelon can be helpful in lowering cholesterol.

The vitamin C and beta-carotene in watermelon also prevents other problems caused by free radicals. Vitamin C and beta-carotene have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, reduce the symptoms of asthma, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and help with osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

In one cup of watermelon there is 24.3% of the recommended daily allowance of Vitaman C and 11.1% of Vitamin A.

In addition to its healthful benefits, watermelon is sweet and delicious. Nothing says summer like a big slice of watermelon!

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