Watermelon Benefits for Men
It’s a well-known fact that watermelon has many health benefits. It contains nutrients that benefit the heart and circulatory system and may even improve sex drive. The list grows longer with every study and research.
Citrulline Benefits for Men
Vegetables and fruits such as watermelon contain beneficial ingredients called phytochemicals. These are natural compounds that work with your body to trigger healthy reactions. With watermelons, these include beta-carotine, lycopene and – the special one – citrulline, which acts like Viagra in the way it dilates blood vessels, including those of the penis.
How Watermelon Benefits Your Body
When you consume watermelon, certain enzymes convert citrulline into arginine. This is an amino acid that has an amazing effect on your heart and circulatory system, as well as your immune system.
This citrulline/arginine relationship may also be of great benefit to people suffering from type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Arginine boosts nitric oxide which relaxes your blood vessels, basically acting as a kind of natural Viagra. This could effectively treat erectile dysfunction or even prevent it.
While there are a number of physiological and psychological conditions that can contribute to impotence, people who need improved blood flow could benefit from extra nitric oxide in their bodies. It could also help with high blood pressure, angina and other cardiovascular issues, as nitric oxide is an important vaso-dilator.
Summing up Watermelon’s Health Benefits
The general health and sexual benefits that watermelon brings are many; the main benefit of consuming watermelon is that it is a great way to relax your blood vessels without the risks and side effects involved with drugs. Arginine also helps the urea cycle by removing ammonia and other toxic compounds from your body.
NOTE: Citrulline is more concentrated in the rind than in the flesh.
Simple Recipe Ideas:
1. Using watermelon rind in a smoothie – Peel off the outer skin and discard. Save the flesh of the fruit for later.
Cut the rind into cubes and place into a blender; you can add the flesh as well, if you wish. Add some yogurt of your choice, blend and enjoy!
2. Watermelon Rind Soup
- 2 cups chopped watermelon rind (Peel off the outer skin and discard. Use the flesh for something else.)
- 1 carrot, thinly sliced
- 2 cups vegetable stock
- herbs (optional)
In a medium-sized saucepan, sauté the rind and carrot over medium heat for about 10 minutes, until softened. Add the stock and herbs and bring to a simmer for 10 minutes. Can be served warm or cold.
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