Saturday, September 21, 2013

Watermelon Wonders

Refreshing watermelon shake
I don't know anyone who doesn't love watermelon. Some foods are fun to  eat, and watermelon is definitely one of them. In the Philippines watermelon and melon means "SUMMER" it's one way of beating the heat. And now watermelon is a very versatile can juice it..shake it..and others do include it on their cooked dishes. 

Here are the surprisingly health benefits of the great thirst quencher fruit: 

Health Benefit #1 - A watermelon, especially red watermelon helps an individual to avert many diseases. Why? It contains lycopene in high measure. Basically, a lycopene is an antioxidant that helps to defuse “free radicals” that could potentially damage tissues and organs of the body. Moreover, free radicals augment inflammation and cholesterol in blood vessels, which then could lead to heart attack and stroke. Now with a watermelon juice, the risk of having or developing the aforementioned diseases could be mitigated.
Health Benefit #2 - A glass of watermelon juice everyday could reduce the risk of acquiring or worsening diseases such as osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma and colon cancer. Furthermore, since a watermelon is rich in antioxidants, it can preempt the development of kidney stones.
Health Benefit #3 - A watermelon is vital to obtain a low fat, low cholesterol diet. In fact, a glass of watermelon juice is enough or is considered a complete meal already. Watermelon also contains protein in addition to water, sugar and other minerals i.e., a balanced diet in every sense.
Health Benefit #4 - As previously mentioned, a watermelon is packed with potassium that essentially helps normalize blood pressure. In addition to that, it lessens the risk of developing cardiac arrest and apparently, potassium strengthens the body.
Health Benefit #5 - It goes without saying that a watermelon or watermelon juice is an exceptional source of energy, since it is loaded with vitamin B and of course, sugar as well as water. As a matter of fact, watermelon is the most preferred fruit by athletes or even tri-athletes for its rejuvenating properties. To top that, it is a fine thirst quencher. Normally, athletes eat a watermelon or drink a glass of watermelon juice a day before undergoing strenuous activities, taking into account that it boosts their physical as well as mental condition.
Health Benefit #6 - It helps prevent bone loss and the like. A watermelon is rich in calcium which aids in the preservation and strengthening of bone structures. Moreover, it reduces the risk of age-related eyesight deterioration that could potentially lead to loss of foresight, especially to elders.
Health Benefit #7 - Watermelon’s seeds are loaded with high quantities of iron. So, try to crush the seeds and add the same to your glass of watermelon juice. Needless to emphasize, it is an ideal agent to fight off and/or prevent iron-deficiency anemia and related diseases.
Health Benefit #8 - A piece of watermelon addresses erectile dysfunction in one way or another. Although, research and studies have not yet formally concluded and expounded the reasons behind this ability of watermelon, many individuals have verified, experienced and testified about this miraculous curative.
What I love to do with my watermelon to have them any time I want is that I cut it to medium chucks put it in a ziplock and dumb it in the freezer. All I have to do is throw it in my blender if I feel like having a refreshing watermelon shake. 

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