So. What’s my favorite food you may wonder? Only the best food on the planet. Watermelon.
Besides the fact that it is pink, crisp and delicious, it is super healthy for you!
Lets take a second to just list off what it can protect you against: lung and oral cavity cancers, colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers, oxygen-free radicals, harmful UV rays, stroke and coronary heart diseases, and infectious agents. Read below to find out why and how.
It will rehydrate you! Like a delicious piece of candy after a long run, Watermelon is a great way to get rehydrated, replenish electrolytes and some flavor in your mouth rather than a sugary high fructose sport drink.
Vitamin-A (helpful for sight, your skin, mucus membraned and your immune system), a powerful anti-oxidant is only one of the great vitamins stuffed in that green ball of goodness. 100 grams of fresh fruit provides you with 569mg (or 19% of daily-required levels of this vitamin). Also! Eat as much as you like because it is said to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers. Yes.
It is also rich in anti-oxidant flavonoids like lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants are found to offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers. Phyto-chemicals present in watermelon like lycopene and carotenoids have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals.
Watermelon is an excellent source of carotenoid pigment, lycopene and indeed, superior to raw red tomato which studies suggest may offer certain protection to skin from harmful UV rays.
It is loaded with potassium; an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure that will protect against stroke and coronary heart diseases.
Vitamin-B6, B1, C and Manganese (Which you should take anyways) is all in there. They say taking vitimin pills isn’t as effective the real thing, which seems obvious but it is hard to know you are getting enough of everything. Making the pills just an easier option. Well, just eat Watermelon. Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase.
Information from http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/watermelon.html