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Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, a compound which blocks the activity of pain and inflammationcausing enzyme, cyclooxygenase, the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs like aspirin, Advil, Motrin and Aleve.
July is National Watermelon Month so let’s celebrate this amazing whole food. In addition to having more lycopene than raw tomatoes, watermelon also contains high amounts of citrulline. V I S TA M A G A Z I N E I S S U E N O . 1 1 3
The body converts this nutrient into the amino acid, arginine, which comes with a whole host of health benefits. L-arginine helps to lower blood pressure, by opening and relaxing blood vessels. In this way, it may also help with erectile dysfunction. Other benefits associated with the nutrients in watermelon include lowered risk of stroke, reduced risk of ovarian cancer in postmenopausal women, and cancer overall.
Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable so don’t forget the skin and seeds. Contrary to customary eating practices, both the seeds and rind are completely edible. The seeds contain iron, zinc, protein and fibre while the rind is as nutrient dense as the flesh. And in case you’re wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified—they are simply the result of hybridization. d P HO T O © N G U Y E NQ UO C THANG
Published on Jul 1, 2017