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What are the benefits of watermelon?

10 benefits of consumption of watermelons.

Watermelon occupy first place in the list of summer products. It refreshes us and quenches thirst.

It is rich in nutrients and useful for your health.

Watermelon is an excellent source of fiber and vitamins C, A and B. in addition, it contains potassium and other minerals, such as iron, calcium, magnesium and phosphorus. Watermelon helps in the hot months.

The advantages of the consumption of watermelon.

1. It reduces the high blood pressure

Watermelon helps in maintaining of control over high blood pressure. Thanks to the watermelon, the potassium and magnesium enters the body to maintain the health of blood vessels and blood circulation.

If you suffer from hypertension, drink a glass of watermelon juice every day.

2. Watermelon doesn’t contain many calories and there are no cholesterol and fats. The most important substance in watermelon is called citrulline.

Thanks to the content of more than 90 percent of water, watermelon gives a feeling of satiety. Try to replace cake or candy to a watermelon in summer.

3. It moisturizes your body

Watermelon contains 90% of water and helps to maintain the hydration of your skin.

On hot summer days, drink one or two glasses of watermelon juice per day to stay fresh.

4. It improves eye’s health

Watermelon is a very good food for your eyes, because it is a great source of beta-carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A, so the watermelon helps to improve vigilance.

Vitamin A, along with lycopene helps to the synthesis of the pigment in the retina and prevents macular degeneration, the development of night blindness and other vision problems.

In addition, watermelon contains vitamin C, lutein and zeaxanthin, which are extremely important to protect the eyes from infection.

Eat a bowl of watermelon every day for the health of your eyes.

5. Maintain the health of your kidneys

Being a natural diuretic, watermelon is useful for kidney health. It helps in removing toxins from the body, purifies the liver, stimulates kidney function and reduces uric acid in the blood.

If you have problems with urination, eat watermelon or drink watermelon juice to solve this problem.

Note: the watermelon should be avoided by people with severe kidney disease.

6. It improves mood

Watermelon improves mood. Vitamin B6 is an important nutritional ingredient which is responsible for the calming and humor.

In addition, vitamin C protects the body from free radicals that can cause many problems, including depression. Watermelon helps to bring the body into hormonal balance which affects your mood.

7. It fills you with energy

In case of every day’s consumption of watermelon, it became clear that this adds energy and vitality to 23 percent, thanks to vitamins B6 and B1.

8. It is rich in antioxidants

Watermelon is rich in antioxidants which fight against various diseases. It is a great source of vitamin C and flavonoids such as lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin.

These antioxidants protect the body from free radicals that cause inflammation, rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis, asthma, stroke and heart attack.

Watermelon also minimizes the risk of skin damage due to ultraviolet sun rays and protects the skin against environmentally toxic pollutants. This helps to reduce and prevent the appearance of wrinkles.

In addition, the vitamin C in watermelon helps to strengthen the immune system against seasonal allergies.

9. It maintains the heart health

Consumption of watermelon improves heart health. It contains significant amounts of potassium which helps in controlling heart problems.

It contains citrulline and arginine which are amino acids that improve the function of arteries, blood circulation and overall cardiovascular condition.

10. It can fight cancer

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Regular consumption of watermelon can prevent the development of cancer. Watermelon contains lycopene, antioxidants that contribute to the prevention and treatment of various types of cancer.

Various investigations have shown that lycopene helps to reduce the risk of developing of prostate cancer and breast cancer as well as lung and intestines one.

It was already known in the last century that watermelon helps to loss weight. But then the watermelons are increasingly positioned as a tool for the prevention of kidney’s diseases. And outgoing weight was as an additional positive effect.

The principle of action of watermelon diet is based on the fact that this berry consists almost entirely of water, so it passes through the body without stopping in it. Due to the fact that the kidneys process large amount of fluid, normalizes metabolism. It helps to improve the condition of the skin, which often suffers because of the insufficient moisture and lack of fluids. For the kidneys, such a load is a good prevention and helps to get rid of sand.

Watermelons for weight loss are used in a certain amount at the rate of 2 kg of pulp of berries to 30 kilograms of its weight. It turns out that during the day an adult person weighing about 70 kg in 4 divided doses must eat 5 kg of watermelon. This is quite a lot in order not to feel hunger. Per day you can eat two slices of bread, preferably from wheat flour.

But there are also disadvantages of watermelon’s diet.

First, it can not be used longer than a week, because, despite the usefulness of the watermelon, its food composition is limited. So your body with this diet will not get all the necessary nutrients.

Secondly, weight loss usually proceeds due to the excretion of excess fluid. But fats unfortunately broke down not too intensively, because the calorie content of watermelon due to the natural sugars is large enough.

Thirdly, people who have problems with kidney should consult a doctor. Otherwise, the stones, which are moved from the place thanks to watermelon juice may get stuck in the ducts of the urinary bladder.

Let's talk about watermelon . Try to understand, is it possible to obtain the benefits of watermelon without causing harm to the body. So we’ll start to tell you about harm or rather about troubles that await us under a beautiful striped rind of a watermelon.

Lately the attitude to the watermelon has changed and it is not without a reason. It has become dangerous for health, and it happened because of unscrupulous cultivation, improper possession and improper implementation. The watermelon is very useful, but greedy people's desire to get as many berries in one season, managing to take the crop of these large fruits, has resulted that this wonderful dietary product has become a source of trouble and harm to our body. In order for the watermelon quickly gained weight and matured, it is fertilized with fertilizers. These are mainly nitrogen fertilizers — nitrates (sodium nitrate, ammonium, calcium and potassium.)

Nitrates accumulate in the flesh of the watermelon. This is facilitated by the lack of sun and abundance of moisture. Nitrate has low toxicity, but when they get to the microflora of the gastrointestinal tract, they convert into harmful nitrites that can cause cancer. During long possession, the nitrates convert to nitrites in the watermelon.

Nitrites break the transport function of the blood, also it affects the hemoglobin and that may eventually lead to hypoxia — lack of oxygen in the tissues. Especially children hard tolerate it and those who suffer from cardiovascular diseases and diseases of the respiratory and excretory systems. 

Today it's impossible to guarantee the quality of the watermelon. To avoid serious consequences, it is not necessary to offer watermelon to children less than 2 years of age. In 2-3 years for one child are enough 80-100 gr. Of watermelon, and children of 3-6 years - 100-150 gr., provided that the watermelon is of good quality. The younger the child, the less the body is able to resist the harmful effects of nitrates, toxins and microbes. Children should eat watermelon only during natural ripening of this fruit, that is, at the end of August, in the autumn. At this time, melons are able to mature without fertilizers, the taste of watermelon in this period is much higher.

Who shouldn’t consume the watermelon?

Even conscientiously grown, delicious, ripe and healthy watermelon is contraindicated in the following cases:

1) if there is a  violation of urine outflow.

2) if person has diarrhea and colitis.

3) People who have stones of large size in the body, watermelons are also contraindicated! It has a strong diuretic effect and stones can move, which will cause renal colic.

Symptoms of watermelon poisoning:

The symptoms of poisoning by "toxic" watermelon may appear in 1-2 hours, sometimes 1-2 days after its consuming.

These are also: an increased temperature, lethargy, headaches, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting, the violation of stool. Depending on individual tolerability, watermelon can provoke various diseases caused by harmful substances, and these diseases can occur in different forms. Mild poisoning may be accompanied with weakness, nausea, vomiting. And in severe disorders of the organs are sudden abdominal pain, fever, repeated vomiting and violation of stool, in consequence of which it can provoke the dehydration. If that happens, try to drink water.

Remember that under the ordinary symptoms of poisoning, can escape the surgical pathology of appendicitis. In this case, you need to go to the doctor, late diagnosis can lead to serious consequences.

How to choose a watermelon?

Sometimes we ourselves deliver trouble for our body, not knowing how to choose the right products, including watermelons, we eat them, not getting rid of harmful microbes. The watermelon rind has a huge amount of bacteria and dust particles and soil. In no case don’t buy a damaged, cracked watermelon. On the sweet surface of the watermelon and especially in the pulp, bacteria multiply very quickly and can cause intestinal infections. Extended shelf life of a watermelon, also leads to the growth of bacteria.

And there is some information about selection of ripe and healthy watermelon!

1) the best time to buy watermelons is in late summer or autumn.

2) it is advisable to buy watermelon in shops or designated places for trading.

3) choose a watermelon of medium size, don’t take the small and huge watermelons, the best choice is the watermelon of 4-5 kg.

4) a sign of the ripeness of watermelon is a dry tail, and bright barrels. The best of all when there is a light spot on the side of the watermelon and it is yellow or orange.

5) the peel of ripe watermelon should be firm and shiny. If the peel is easily pierced with a nail, then it isn’t a ripe watermelon. The stripes on the rind of a watermelon should have maximum contrast. Rub the peel, there shouldn’t be any smell, and if you feel the smell of freshly cut grass so it isn’t a ripe watermelon.

6) Ripe melon from the impact spring and resonates in the Pat. Knock on the watermelon, sound is ringing and clean — the fruit is ripe.

7) If you put a ripe watermelon into water, it floats.

The signs of harmful watermelon which is filled with nitrates:

1) the color of the flesh of harmful watermelon is very red with a purple hue.

2) the inner fibers is not white, they are yellow – this is another symptom of the harmful watermelon.

3) the cut surface of harmful watermelon is glossy, smooth, in the "good" watermelon it is very velvety.

4) put the pulp of watermelon in a glass of water, if the fluid is red or pink, so it is harmful watermelon! From the pulp of useful watermelon fluid will just turbid.

5) the admissible norm of nitrates is 60mg. for one kg of watermelon.

How to eat watermelon:

1) Before you cut the watermelon, wash it with soap and warm water.

2) when you cut your watermelon, do not store it long. Maximum store it 1 day in the refrigerator.

3) cutting the flesh, leave about 3 cm of the rind.

4) suggest children that part of the pulp, which is closer to the core.

5) Eat a watermelon, knowing the measure!

But anyway, the watermelon is useful!

It's time to talk about its benefits.

Watermelon is a very tasty and healthy product, which is ready to deliver great pleasure. The watermelon, like many other berries, contains antioxidants: carotene, ascorbic acid, thiamin, Niacin and Riboflavin.

The consumption of watermelon enhances the human immune system, stabilizes vision and helps to resist the development of cancer.

The folic acid, that is a part of watermelon, helps build DNA and is accompanied by the proper development of human organism. Watermelon is useful for their diuretic properties, displays great accumulated toxins from the kidneys, prevents deposition of salts and the formation of stones, quickly and easily cleanses the body.

The presence of magnesium in watermelon promotes the assimilation of minerals and vitamins, improves the work of muscles and nervous system. Watermelon is the perfect antidepressant, if you're tired, annoyed or excited, eat a little of this wholesome berry.

Removing excess fluid from the body, watermelon helps to get rid of a few unwanted pounds. At the same time suppresses the desire to eat once again to slake a hunger.

The pregnant women also need to know the measure in eating watermelon. Of course it is useful for them: the presence of vitamin B9 in watermelon effect positive on the formation of the nervous system of the unborn baby, helps the digestive process of the mother and increases the quantity of breast milk during lactation.

In summer, watermelon is good for those who are thirsty, because it is like a refreshing drink. Juice and soda do not go to any comparison with the useful juicy slice of watermelon as it has no sugars, which are difficult-to-digest. That is why watermelon is useful for diabetics, but in moderate amount.

Now it is clear that watermelon can bring many benefits your body, but it is important to make the right choice. Take care of yourself and your health!

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