Health Benefits you can Derive from Watermelon

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 05, 2014

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The tasty and juicy watermelon not only helps you fight heat in summer but also provides numerous health benefits. It can prove to be highly effective for your eyes, hair, skin and can also fight cancer as well as many heart related troubles.
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    Health Benefits of Watermelon

    If you thought watermelon only gives you a soothing effect, you will be really glad to know that it has many health benefits too. Due to its dark red colour, watermelon is also sometimes referred to as the `King of Lycopene’. A whole watermelon consists of 92 percent water and only 8 percent sugar. Therefore, having watermelon can fulfill the water requirement of your body. The fruit is loaded with multiple other health benefits, let’s take a look at each of them.

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    Heart Benefits

    Watermelon contains essential nutrients like potassium which help in maintaining heart health. According to WHO, a young person must consume 3,510 mm potassium in a day to keep the heart healthy.

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    Beneficial for Eyes

    Watermelon has beta-carotene and vitamin A which keeps the eyes healthy. Regular consumption of this fruit can prevent you from eye related troubles like cataract.

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    Strengthens Immune System

    Watermelon is loaded with vitamins which strengthen the immune system.  Vitamin C builds a strong immune system which keeps us away from many diseases.

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    For Beautiful Skin and Hair

    Vitamin C, which is present in abundance in watermelon, helps in the production and maintenance of collagen in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in our body which helps in growth and repair of skin and hair. Watermelon also keeps the body hydrated which is very necessary for healthy hair and skin.

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    Helps in Muscle Strengthening

    The high potassium content found inside watermelons is necessary for our nervous system and for building strong muscles. Its regular consumption can prevent you from many muscle-related problems. Also, if you experience pain in your muscles quite often, consuming watermelon juice can give you relief.

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    Stops your Skin from Ageing

    Apart from giving you a healthy skin, the water content found in a watermelon prevents skin from ageing. Nutrients like flavonoids and carotenoids which are present in the fruit maintain elasticity of skin and prevent wrinkles from developing.

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    Prevents Asthma

    People who consume vital nutrients in sufficient quantity are the least vulnerable to having asthma and consuming watermelon can fulfill the nutritional requirement of your body.

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    Fights Cancer

    Watermelon is a good source of anti-oxidant vitamin C and other anti-oxidants that help in fighting cancer. Also, lycopene found in the watermelon can prevent prostate cancer.

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    Helps Digestive System

    Watermelon is loaded with water and fiber which regulates the digestive system and prevents constipation.

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    Weight Reduction

    Watermelon is considered to be one of the best foods to reduce weight. Citrulline, which is found in abundance in watermelon, helps in cutting down the fats from the body. Besides, consuming an ample amount of the fruit will prevent hunger pangs.

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    Keeps you Hydrated

    Watermelon consists of 92 percent water and other essential electrolytes which help you stay hydrated during summers and beat the heat.

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