Growing up and spending my summer vacation with my grandparents was one experience I would never forget.
It was not just because of the fun of outdoor games, the fresh country air and near perfect serene environment, it was also because of the food and one fruit I couldn’t get enough of was watermelon.
I loved it’s cool, sweet and refreshing taste. Watermelon seeds could be a bother, but its amazing taste more than made up for it.
As a child, all that mattered to me was the taste and satisfaction I got from eating this fruit, but now I know better.
Watermelons are very useful in the treatment of various ailments and traditional Chinese trade-medical practitioners use extracts of this amazing fruit in treating excess internal heat in a person’s blood and vital organs.
Internal heat is not a feverish condition but one in which a person’s blood and organs have a usually high temperature that could be detrimental to proper bodily functions.
Traditional Chinese healers and even acupuncturists use a pulse reading to determine the internal temperature of an individual, a thermometer reading of 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit would suggest that the person has excessive internal heat.
This high internal heat can lead to several health problems including chronic autoimmune diseases and inflammation.
Watermelons Are Very Effective In Regulating Your Internal Temperature
Watermelons gave potent antioxidants and are rich in beta-carotene and lycopene because of their red color.
The lycopene in watermelon helps in dealing with fatty liver in both men and women and it is also known to fight several cancers including prostate cancer.
According to a Chinese research, women who have a healthy diet comprising of organic fruits and vegetables including watermelons are less likely to have breast cancer.
The fear of most people when it comes to eating watermelons regularly is the potential spike in their blood sugar levels as watermelons are quite sweet.
As a matter of fact, a study conducted by scientists from Denmark involving tests on 63 male and female subjects who were recently diagnosed with having type II diabetes showed that there is no truth in this.
The findings of the test by these scientists revealed that;
- As part of a standard medical nutritional practice of recommending the reduction in the intake of fruits in patients with type II diabetes resulted in them eating less fruit.
- The eating of less fruit by these patients has no direct bearing on their *HbA1c, waist circumference nor weight loss.
The scientists also recommended that patients with type II diabetes should not reduce their intake of fruits.
*Note: HbAlc is a test that measures the glycated hemoglobin in the body.
It has been proven in other studies conducted using watermelon extracts that metabolic disorders which can cause type II diabetes in patients can be averted.
Several studies have also revealed that the L-citrulline and L-arginine in watermelons can significantly boost cardiovascular health and in truth prevent endothelial dysfunction which is where the blood vessels ability to dilate and their flexibility is hampered.
As a kid, I was always eager to spit out the pits but it has now been revealed that that was a bad idea as watermelon seeds are a rich source of protein.
Organic watermelons are always preferably for consumption as they are free from harmful pesticides which can be found on the skin of the GMO ones.
However, as long as you do not intend blending the entire fruit to make a smoothie, but you only want to eat the fleshy part and not its skin, then you should be fine as the pesticide doesn’t go beyond its skin.
You can know if a watermelon has a great meat texture by slapping or knocking it and observing the sound that resonates from it.
By knocking a watermelon while holding it up to one ear, if the sound you get is a sort of ping or ding then it is more than likely that the watermelon is mushy, however if a vibrant hollow sound resonates from the melon then it means that you are likely to have one with a good texture as well as refreshing taste.
Reference: Real Farmacy