Surprising Health Benefits of Watermelon
Q: Hi Dr Liz! Watermelon sure is delicious! When I think of Watermelon, I think of Summertime, Family, and Fun! What do you think of, when you think about Watermelon?
A: Watermelon makes me feel happy!
Q: Yes! I like to feel happy too!
A: Watermelon is a beautiful color, it’s delicious, and it has many incredible health benefits!
Q: Cool! What are the health benefits of Watermelon?
A: There are many! You named the first one, ‘COOL’! Watermelon is constitutionally cooling. It’s a great idea to consume Watermelon during the hot summer months! Whether you’re out walking, golfing, swimming or running errands, Watermelon will keep you cool. In fact, Watermelon is one of the very best ‘Keep Cool’ foods on the planet!
Q: What else does Watermelon do for the body?
A: Watermelon can help with wound healing, and improve the immune system too! Watermelon is also known to help reduce the risk of macular degeneration by helping to keep the retina healthy. And, Watermelon is good for weight loss by reducing body fat! This my friend is key!
Q: How does Watermelon help Reduce body fat?
A: Good question! It’s a bit complicated, but it works like this… The amino acid, Citrulline helps to dissipate the accumulation of fat by converting it into Arginine, which in turn blocks the activity of TNAP (Tissue Non-specific Alkaline Phosphatase), which lessens the accumulation of fat cells in our body.
Q: Yes! I can eat delicious Watermelon and have less fat by doing so!
A: Yes you can! Watermelon can also work as a Natural Viagra! It’s all about Summertime Fun!
Q: Are you kidding me? Watermelon can be used to treat Erectile Dysfunction?
A: Yes! This popular summer fruit dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and can potentially treat a mile ED, and without the side effects! Give it a try!
Q: Wow! Anything else that Watermelon does?
A: Yes, not only does Watermelon Quench your thirst and keep you cool, it can also lower inflammation and be used to lessen conditions such as asthma, cancer, hepatitis and provide sore muscle relief even better than ibuprofen!
Q: Interesting Liz! It’s almost like a medicine.
A: Indeed it is! We are one of the few countries around the world that does NOT commonly use food as 1 st line of treatment for disease.
Q: Where is the History of Watermelon?
A: Watermelon is believed to have originated in Africa in the Kalahari Desert! Yet, the Egyptians have cave paintings of man with Watermelon over 5000 years ago. The Chinese have used Watermelon medicinally for thousands of years. Watermelon does grow in nearly 100 countries around the world.
Q: What do they use Watermelon for in the Far East?
A: In China, they call it Xi Gua! They use it for clearing ‘Summer’ heat and generating fluids. They use it to treat Diabetes and Hepatitis. It also helps to dry dampness that the body accumulates, and Dampness in the body can make us tired by causing fatigue and heaviness. Watermelon is also good for your Heart, Kidneys and Bone Health!
Q: What a Wonderful Fruit!
A: Some say Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable. Others, interestingly say, Watermelon is NOT a fruit! It is a vegetable! We do know that It’s related to the cucumber, squash and pumpkin. Either way, eat up! It’s good for you!
Q: Watermelon is Delicious!
About Dr. Liz Perry
Dr. Liz is a primary care provider with a Doctor of Oriental Medicine and a Master’s degree in Business Management from Harvard University. For over 22 years, Dr. Liz has worked as an international healthcare consultant, has traveled the world, and has written hundreds of published articles as a health journalist.