Fruit#1: The Watermelon

What do you see when you look at these at your local fruit vendor’s?

Do you just see a reddish, watery, sometimes sweet fruit? Let me give you a deeper look.

The water melon is one of the richest sources of Lycopene, a powerful anti inflammatory ad antioxidant. This protects the body against inflammatory processes and neutralizes free radicals to expels things like cancer agents

It also has a good amount of Beta-carotene, which is another antioxidant.

Both lycopene and beta-carotene contents of the watermelon increase with ripening, i.e. the pinker/redder the watermelon the richer it is.

The red fruit also has Citrulline, an amino acid which is later converted into Arginine; which in conjunction with an enzyme called Nitric Oxide Synthase, can work to improve blood pressure, therefore making watermelon beneficial to heart health.

Watermelon seeds are also said to provide Iron and Zinc in bio-available forms to the body (the body can readily absorb them without need for conversion)

The seeds of the watermelon also have some amount of protein; 1g in 24 seeds.

Thinking of giving that watermelon slice a pass? Think again!

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  1. Pingback: What do you see when you look at these at your local fruit vendor’s? | Kenya Digest·

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