Bhubaneswar: When it comes to the season of scorching heat, tanned skins, refreshing drinks, and ripe mangoes, how can you miss out on a plate of cheery red slices of watermelon!
As inconveniently bright and sweaty summer is, it still has its perks that cheer people up. From refilled cups of ice-creams to glasses of chilled beverages and refreshing summer fruits, this season has much love to give.
Although, we are already familiar with the priority that mango enjoys from a majority of people during summer, here are eight reasons that make watermelons the ideal summer fruits:
Check blood pressure
Citrulline, an amino acid found in abundance in watermelon, monitors a smooth blood flow in a human body. Having done that, it manages to lower blood pressure in people who consume it more often.
Lower risks of heart attack
Watermelon also contains lycopene, a powerful antioxidant that looks after heart health and minimizes the risks of heart attacks, by reducing bad cholesterol (LDL) and increasing good cholesterol (HDL) in the body.
Reduces risks of getting sunburn
Like some pigments protect plants from the harmful rays of the sun, the lycopene content in watermelon, though, to a small extent, shields your skin from sunburn. However, applying a good SPF sunscreen is a must before you walk in the sun.
Protects joints from inflammation
Another pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin is known to have a direct stimulatory effect on human bones. It protects joints from inflammation and reduces the chances of rheumatoid arthritis in people.
Keeps eyes healthy
Watermelons contain beta-carotenes that convert into Vitamin A in the human body. This looks after your eye health by boosting pigment formation in the retina and preventing muscular degeneration and night blindness.
Cuts down body fat
The Citrulline content in watermelon checks fat accumulation in the body’s fat cells. It does so stepwise by blocking TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphate) activity in the fat cells of the human body.
One of the most obvious reasons one must eat watermelon during summers is to keep the hydration level in the body up as this juicy fruit is composed of over a good 90% of water.
Prevents muscle soreness
A perfect blend of water, amino acids, and antioxidants, watermelon could be a fitness enthusiast’s ‘must-have’ summer fruit. Its potassium and mineral contents not only boost stamina but also check muscle soreness and cramps from workouts.