Watermelon one of the greatest fruits? This nutritionist explains
It can help you reach an array of daily nutrient need
Watermelon is rich in nutrients. About 15% of your daily vitamin C, potassium, vitamins A and B6, and other vitamins and minerals your body needs to function properly are in it, Sollid explains.
It offers a big hit of disease-fighting power
Watermelon and other fruits and vegetables contain antioxidant lycopene. Meyer-Jax thinks the chemical gives watermelon its red color and reduces cancer and heart disease risk. Sollid claims lycopene protects cells and may lower blood pressure.
Watermelon helps keeps you hydrated
More than 90% of watermelon is water. "Watermelon hydrates," Derocha says. We acquire 80% of our hydration from drinks and 20% from food; watermelon can help balance this.
It adds to healthy digestion
Watermelon is heavy in water and low in fiber. “Both are key to keeping digestion moving smoothly,” Meyer-Jax says. Fiber bulks stool and keeps you regular, while water moves waste through the digestive system.
It's good for your eye
Watermelon has elements that improve eye health and may prevent age-related visual impairments. It's rich in vitamins A and C, lycopene, and lutein+zeaxanthin, eye-game performers.
It may improve heart health
Lycopene-rich foods may lower heart disease and stroke risk, according to research. In 2012, the American Journal of Hypertension reported that watermelon extract may lower blood pressure over time, linking the fruit to heart disease.