How many of you haven’t craved a good slice of watermelon during a hot summer? We all love its taste and the way it makes us feel cool. But were you aware of the fact that watermelon has a lot of medicinal properties as well? If you didn’t, you’re going to find out really soon.
A Nutritious Fruit
Watermelon is a great way to cleanse your body if you’re planning to go on a diet. It has a great amount of water combined with a low amount of calories. So let’s make a list of the nutrients in this fruit:
- Vitamin B (1, 2, 3, 5 and 6)
- Vitamin C
- Malic Acid
- Nitric Acid
- Citric acid
Pretty impressive list, isn’t it? All these nutrients can help a person fight heart diseases, relieve stress and improve their cognitive abilities.
Watermelon is also a great asset when it comes to protecting yourself against acne, arteriosclerosis, anemia, asthma, bronchitis, high cholesterol levels, skin inflammations, headaches, low immunity, cellulite and excessive weight. Since it is a diuretic agent, watermelon can help you get rid of the excess toxins in your blood. It is an invigorating way to detox your body.
An Athlete’s Best Friend
Have you ever noticed how your muscles begin to tighten and the place is starting to itch after a hard workout? That is generally caused by the lactic acid building up, which gives you the feeling that you’re tired. Well, scientists have found out that watermelon contains an amino acid called L-citrulin which can speed up the lactic acid elimination. Thus, it aids in the recovery of the muscle.
It is also beneficial if you consume the watermelon BEFORE the workout, not just after. By taking a slice before, you will find it easier to conduct your exercise without feeling the need to stop every few minutes.
Crushing Kidney Stones with Watermelon Seeds
You know what the pulp of the watermelon can do. But remember those seeds you always used to throw away? Well, it’s time to stop doing that, because the seeds are as good as the watermelon itself.
Watermelon seeds have been used for ages in Chinese medicine to treat kidney stones. They are rich in potassium and magnesium, which proved to be very useful in treating the condition. To make this medicine, you will need to collect the watermelon seeds (about 4 tablespoons), crush and grind them, and then put them in a pot with 2L of water. Let them boil for 12 minutes, and the solution will be ready for consumption once it cools off.
Watermelon is best consumed when it’s cold. Consumed during a hot summer, it will have the ability to return your body’s lost fluids and minerals, preventing you from developing other diseases. It’s a cool dessert which can heal and detoxify your body, making you feel fresh once more.