The wonders of watermelon are endless, and although I’ve never been much of a fan in particular of the seeds, which seem to be in every mouthful when you take into account the benefits, the seeds become easier to swallow!
However, as it’s one of the ‘flex foods’ that are part of the 10 Day Transformational Cleanse, I’ve taken to doing 3 or 4 times a year (email me if you’d like more information!) I’ve looked into the benefits of the fruit and been quite amazed by how many benefits there are.
Watermelon is an alkalising food – the pH balance of the body is regarded as crucial for good health, eating watermelon helps to counteract harmful acidity levels that are produced by many common foods.
The fruit can reduce high blood pressure and heart disease. Consumption of watermelon juice has been found to increase plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene and numerous scientific studies have already shown lycopeneto be good for the cardiovascular health.
Watermelon reduces blood sugar levels, which makes it a great fruit for diabetes sufferers!
Watermelons are over 90% water, so they help the body to rehydrate.
High levels of vitamin C and A found in watermelons will give your immune system a valuable boost. Lycopene and beta-carotene, found in the fruit, also help to remove free radicals that cause cell damage. Lycopene is generally accepted as being beneficial for bone health so it helps combat degenerative bone diseases such as Osteoporosis.
They boost energy! Watermelon contains natural sugars and vitamin B to boost your energy levels without the unwanted effects of refined sugar or chemically enhanced energy drinks.
Anti-Cancer properties: Studies have indicated that the antioxidant Lycopene, which gives watermelons their characteristic red colour (also found in tomatoes), may have supplementary benefits in the treatment and prevention of prostate and other cancers. Lycopene is noted for its ability to combat free radicals that trigger the onset and development of many chronic degenerative diseases like cancer. The seeds also contain Triterpenes that can help to inhibit the growth of leukaemia cells.
So on reflection, maybe I can get over my aversion to the seeds!