What Can Your Watermelon do for You?
What’s a summer day at the park or the pool without a few slices of juicy cold watermelon?!
Along with the scorching heat, summer brings a bundle of sensational season fruit. These fruits not only satisfy our taste buds, but are also great for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. Packed with vitamins and minerals, fiber, phytochemicals and antioxidants, fruits are also approximately 80-90% water. What’s better to cool you down on a hot day than something almost completely made of water?
Watermelon, in particular, is one of the most beneficial summer treats – a jack, or fruit, of all trades. One of the main health benefits of watermelon is its status as apowerful antioxidant. Full of vitamins A and C, watermelon helps to neutralize free radicals that can lead to inflammation, general sickness and chronic illnesses such as heart attack or stroke. As well, the beautiful pink color of watermelon, due to beta-carotene, is a powerful ally against many types of cancer.
The juicy fruit is also offers a number of important cardiovascular benefits. It contains arginine, which helps enhance blood flow, lowers blood pressure, and has been used as a natural remedy in the treatment of hypertension, erectile dysfunction and peripheral vascular disease.
The high water content of watermelon also aids in fast fat burning, helping to make your metabolism work more efficiently.
So, whether trying to slim down for that bikini body, stay hydrated, or simply avoid a summer sickness, watermelon can be a delicious and powerful way to stay healthy this summer!
BENEFITS OF OTHER SUMMER FRUITS:
Apricots – fresh apricots are good source of iron, vitamin C, beta carotene, potassium and fiber. The health benefits of apricots includes anemia, cancer, skin diseases, fevers, earache, indigestion and constipation.
Berries – The phytochemicals in blueberries, blackberries, and strawberries helps boost immunity, have a protective effect against cancer, protects against heart diseases and circulatory problems. Cranberries have a healing effect in urinary tract infection.
Peaches and plums – Peaches and plums contain good amount of vitamin C, beta carotene, antioxidant phytochemicals and anthocyanins, all of which help to eliminate the free radicals from the body.
Papayas and mangoes – Both fruits are an excellent source of vitamin C, beta carotene, vitamin A and fiber. Eating sufficient amount of mangoes alone can make the body a rich store of vitamin A which lasts for months.
Cherries – Bright red cherries not only taste great but also contain ellagic acid which inhibits the growth of carcinogenic cells in the body.
Yours In Health,
John J. Koc, D.C.
16429 N. Tatum Blvd., Suite 200
Phoenix, AZ. 85032
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