WATERMELON 'A gift to the kidneys'
Watermelon is a very refreshing fruit, it is also one of the healthiest! In past years, researchers have found that this sweet fruit actually contains a significant amount of nutrients and can be beneficial to every age group
The latest watermelon health facts show there is a lot to boast about. Watermelon gets its red color from lycopene. It’s actually the lycopene leader among fresh fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes. Lycopene may act as an antioxidant that helps prevent damage to cells in your body. In a 2 cup serving of watermelon, there is 15-20 mg of lycopene.
Watermelon is also an excellent source of vitamins needed for optimal health. Vitamin A, vitamin B6, and vitamin C are three of the major ones found in this fantastic fruit! Watermelon is fat and cholesterol free and is low in sodium and higher in potassium which helps promote a healthy blood pressure. Watermelon contains citrulline and arginine that help maintain blood flow, arteries and heart health.
Water melon is indicated for disorders involving the kidneys and urinary tract (kidney failure, lithiasis , infection), diabetics tolerate watermelon well because of its low sugar content.
Not only is watermelon full of beneficial nutrients, but it is one of the most hydrating fruits you can eat! With just one cup of watermelon being about 92% water, you can easily replenish body fluids and quench your thirst! In fact, one slice of watermelon supplies the equivalent of a glass of water.
Below are some ways to add watermelon into your diet each day:
- Watermelon juice. Make your own at home. Place chunks of watermelon in a blender or food processor and blend until it is smooth. Then press through a fine sieve to remove seeds and pulp. It is that simple!
- Fruit smoothies. Add watermelon, berries, or your favorite mix-ins for a refreshing smoothie. Smoothies can be both hydrating and nutritious for active kids
- Fresh. This is usually how watermelon is eaten. It is not recommended as dessert, since it is somewhat indigestible because of its large water content.