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A great thirst quencher during summers, watermelon is also a rich source of nutrients

india Updated: May 10, 2010 00:40 IST
Hindustan Times

It’s summertime and the body demands a lot of fluid to beat dehydration and water loss. The best way to deal with it is to take a bite of cold, juicy watermelon. A thirst quencher, it also has many health and nutritional benefits, which are listed below.

Taking one piece of watermelon regularly reduces the risk of cardiovascular cancer.

The seeds in this juicy fruit are high on protein, oil and dietary fibre. It also contains nutrients such as calcium, potassium and iron.

It consists of Vitamin B6, C and A which helps in dealing with pain and anxiety, boosts the immune system and helps fighting cataract to a large extent.

This fruit is packed with antioxidant that helps in lowering the risk of colon and prostate cancer.

It also improves the sexual functioning in men who are suffering from the medical condition of Erectile Dysfunction, according to studies.

Three or more servings of this sugary fruit lower the possibility of macular degeneration, a major reason behind loss of vision in elderly people.

This fruit is a great as a fat free snack.

It is low on calories and helps in boosting energy.

The presence of antioxidants helps in reducing severe asthma attacks and also lowers the progressive growth of heart disease and rheumatoid arthritis.

The potassium content in watermelon flushes out the toxic deposits in the kidneys. It further reduces the uric acid concentration in blood, which cuts the risk of kidney damage.

If a slice of two of the fruit is taken daily, the potassium and magnesium contents keeps high blood pressure in check.

It is best during the summers to consume watermelon juice, as it protects the body from heat stroke, which is common in Delhi’s scorching weather.

It is a great dietary supplement for people suffering from diabetes. It also helps in proper insulin functioning in the body.

— Compiled by Himadree

First Published: May 09, 2010 17:09 IST