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The Health Benefits of Watermelon

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There is more to watermelon than just its great taste and juice; watermelons are very nutritious, containing lots of vitamin A and C and potassium.

Boosting your immunity and keeping your eyes healthy are only a few heath benefits watermelons provide. This presentation covers all you need to know about the health benefits of watermelon.

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The Health Benefits of Watermelon

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  2. 2. There is more to watennelons than just great taste and juice dripping down your chin.
  3. 3. "When one has tasted watermelon he knows what the angels eat. ” MARK TWAIN
  4. 4. Seedless, small, large, pink, or yellow flesh: watermelons are deliciously nutritious. There is a reason it is called a watermelon: Watermelons are 92% water!
  5. 5. However, beyond hydration, Watermelon packs a powerful nutritional punch: one 10—ounce wedge contains: a. Potassium b. About one-third of the RDA of Vitamins A and C c. VERY few calories.
  6. 6. The vitamin A in watermelon keeps eyes healthy and boosts immunity by enhancing white blood cells’ infection fighting powers.
  7. 7. Watermelon also contains vitamin B-6. B-6 is important for: a. Helping our immune systems generate antibodies for fighting disease b. Breaking down proteins in the body.
  8. 8. Watermelon is a favorite of athletes. Drinking watermelon juice prior to intense physical workouts aids in reducing athletes’ heart rate in addition to decreasing next-day muscle soreness.
  9. 9. Kl‘ . In a study proving the benefits of watermelon N‘ juice, just 17 ounces of the juice had a positive effect on participants. ‘T
  10. 10. Watermelon contains a lot of L-citrulline: a. Our bodies synthesize L-citrulline to L-arginine, an essential amino acid im- portant in relaxing blood vessels and improving circulation. b. Citrulline from natural watermelon juice is absorbed more easily than supplements.
  11. 11. Beyond athletes, watermelon provides bountiful benefits for others. Postmenopausal women who take watermelon extract supplements showed improved cardiovascular health.
  12. 12. Watermelon’s health benefits extend to control- ling high blood pressure in obese, middle-aged individuals. ‘ a 3- as -3.‘: ‘Eu . I "’ 0 I, » /4 . . M7’ :40, {,3 0‘ if ‘ j 2‘ ' 5 r , ‘ j 9 “U. . _
  13. 13. Some circulatory system benefits of watermelon may make certain individuals quite happy: it is touted as a "natural" Viagra, although the amount of watermelon required for this effect makes this a rather impractical application.
  14. 14. As for its cancer fighting properties, watermelon contains scads of lycopene (it is one of the highest natural sources of it), an antioxidant. Research found link between lycopene and preventing and treating prostate cancer.
  15. 15. C What about the seeds? 0 . a. Chew them up! b. Watermelon seeds are nutritious and edible. They contain: i. protein ii. iron iii. magnesium iv. calcium v. potassium vi. phosphorous and vii. Copper
  16. 16. Watennelon rinds: it's not all about the inside of the fruit. The rind is great for skin and nervous system health, as well as immunity strength.
  17. 17. Watennelon rind may not be as tasty as the flesh, but it has its own attributes: A 1-inch piece of wa- termelon rind has less than 2 calories and pro- vides a modest amount of vitamins B-6 and C.
  18. 18. Watennelon rinds can even be cooked as a savory side dish, seasoned with herbs such as cilantro and paprika.
  19. 19. Watermelon rinds also make delicious and economical pickles. One early American cookbook from 176 contained a recipe for watermelon pickles.
  20. 20. People have enjoyed watermelons for eons. Egyptian hieroglyphics show the first recorded harvesting of watermelons occurred there about 5,000 years ago. ‘ . .4‘ ‘ .2 ' . n , fl ~o/4. . I _ __‘ ‘T14/__ -r 2/ 1' X f f ‘ xi 3‘ , «'y_! *:‘. ,. ' ‘ - Q " h I I I » ' . ~ “~ A ,7. 2 A ’ ‘ ?5 “' q§$5¢“‘Q/ sf; ‘ ‘"" Q T"? " ~
  21. 21. Prior to that, watermelon cultivation likely began in the Kalahari Desert of Africa. ‘ . .. ‘‘. 'r‘ ‘ .2 ' . n J , fl ~o/4. .5 o 9 . . -.1 _~‘‘» *’‘I 9 / f 3 1 _ 3 2‘; -.*. -_’ ‘:51 I ' A. ‘ ‘$3’. a ” 7 ' "7 *1. .13 ‘V3; ~s, ‘ 4,; Q ‘( 5 v . , '"°i»'-vr3 (‘T 6,: ' -"W
  22. 22. Egyptians placed watermelons in the tombs of the dead to provide them with food in the afterlife.
  23. 23. Watermelons arrived in China in the tenth cent ,5; A and today, China is the world's largest producer watermelons.
  24. 24. Watermelons likely arrived in the Americas with slaves brought over from Africa.
  25. 25. Since that time, many varieties of watermelons grow here, such as the Little Baby Flower Melon, which never grows more than four pounds and has delicious pink flesh.
  26. 26. Since that time, many varieties of watermelons grow here, such as the Little Baby Flower Melon, which never grows more than four pounds and has delicious pink flesh.
  27. 27. However, many best enjoy the huge watermelons associated with m: .;»rr- ’**W*~l‘1&‘ summer celebrations. » . 1"" v‘, "' ‘cur , ’ . . . ;e-at , _. ‘ " “r ‘ ‘ '>
  28. 28. /~. . . _ 4-“ x v . According to the Guinness World Records, the world's heaviest watermelon was grown in Arkansas in 2005. It weighed 268.8 lbs. 4; ’ . V ‘. —v. -.. —-‘——. s-. _.—. _-. ~.-~. v,. j=: #.-‘
  29. 29. What is good for the earth's environment is good for your health. Scientists produced about 23 gal- lons of ethanol fuel from a single acre of aban- doned or unused watermelons. 45 . . V - ‘. - t-—‘vA—. +-—e—~—~~~. - --: .—--': ~—. -‘
  30. 30. People like to buy nice looking fruit, and up to 20 percent of all watermelons never leave the growing field due to: a. Bruises b. Scratches c. Odd shapes d. Dents Rather than let them rot in the vine, scientists brewed it into fuel.
  31. 31. ' 5‘ 1 I I, ’/ ' . A '—-4 .7‘ 1. 15' . . _' § / x / y . «-1)! EN, ‘ - 1 / ' v’ . AN" Converting watermelons to ethanol uses a system not much different from most home brewing ones. , IV‘. . ,7.‘ - « , — _ j. -IV - r. « « ' fr
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  33. 33. However, most just want to eat watermelons, so knowing how to pick the best one out is important. 1 ‘.3 $732 . .é'‘‘3 '; /1 t J ‘O 1]
  34. 34. Look for watermelons that are firm, symmetrically shaped and have few bruises, cuts, or dents. I [1 . ‘ 1} . . - “L ' 3 3'3 .5 3‘ ,4-' _ L! '~*? ».» ‘ . .,
  35. 35. Choose watermelons that look heavy for their size — this ensures a juicy melon. L ~. j . ,/A” / /A s. v 3-', <.? in Z9
  36. 36. Seeing a yellow patch on one side is normal — it is just where the watermelon rested on the ground as it ripened in the field. 23' . ;, 2?. " ‘ I“ ' .232, *. , ~ / I 3'74’? ‘ I ‘D “,3 1 ‘ I4 ‘"51’? 3 ” tr j‘[? ‘§ 7 ‘ 4 1} P - K . 1. 5 _~_, . ‘_ _": _y-. ';. l . .;f‘ I I -. - ’ X t J '. 1/
  37. 37. Thus, the watermelon, Citrullus Lanatus, has a lot to offer taste-wise, nutrition-wise and health-wise.
  38. 38. And, if you just need something to relax with at the end of the day, consider a watermelon martini: take 1.5 ounces of vodka, 2 ounces of small cubed watermelon pieces, a squeeze of lime juice, and a little sugar in a cocktail shaker full of ice.
  39. 39. Shake vigorously and strain into a glass. Need to feel a bit healthier about your choice of cocktail? Throw all those ingredients plus some of the watermelon rind into a blender and give it a good whirl.
  40. 40. For more healthy thoughts, visit my website: htfp: //gill)ertosalazarescoboza. com/ or Follow me on social media: f3§~“‘®8+infi

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