Watermelon, that tasty, refreshing, (and inexpensive) fruit most of us grew up slurping on as kids, has a lot more going for it than a dessert treat. Although it's been recognized for decades that watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins C, A and B6, more recent nutritional studies of this fruit, which was originally cultivated in Africa, have revealed it to be an almost unparalleled antioxidant.
With watermelon so abundant and inexpensive at this time of year, you can start benefiting from this treat right now.
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Pink watermelon (and yes, in some varieties the flesh is yellow) is a super source of lycopene, the powerful carotenoid antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals, substances which cause serious damage to the body. Regular snacking on watermelon is now known to oxidize cholesterol, and reduce rheumatoid and osteoarthritis inflammation. Lycopene has is believed to protect the body against many cancers, including prostate cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer, colorectal cancer and breast cancer. ThirdAge: How to Prevent Urinary Tract Infections
And a study conducted last year by the U.S. Department of Agriculture published in the Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry indicates that keeping watermelon in your diet is beneficial for both women and men as it can prevent erectile dysfunction, lower blood pressure, improve insulin sensitivity, and fight macular degeneration.
Less well known information about watermelon, however, is something sexperts and people working in the sex industry have talked about for a long time. That is that eating watermelon makes your body fluids smell (and taste) delicious. You know how asparagus makes your urine pretty stinky, and semen taste strong and bitter, too? Well, watermelon works just the opposite. ThirdAge: Sources of Sexual Frustration
Probably because of the natural sweetness of watermelon plus the fact that the flesh of the fruit is mostly water, when you eat watermelon or drink watermelon juice, all your body fluids, including semen, vaginal secretions and saliva, have a light, sweet aroma and slightly sugary taste. For couples who engage in oral sex, or who just really enjoy sloppy kissing, should try sharing a watermelon a few hours before engaging in lovemaking to enhance their sexual experience.
A final thought on the health aspect: studies indicate the quantity of those healthful carotenoids, in particular beta-carotene and lycopene, actually increases if the fruit is stored at room temperature. While most of us prefer our watermelon served well-chilled, you do sacrifice some healthy benefits by refrigerating.
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Written by Eve Marx for ThirdAge.
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