Watermelon and summer go hand in hand. In fact, studies have shown that we eat more watermelons at picnics, parks and beaches than at home. Unbeknownst to many, the benefits of watermelon go far beyond a tasty summer treat as watermelon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. How so? Watermelons nutrition. The nutritional value of watermelons is akin to a pharmacopeia of goodness for almost whatever ails you. And in case you haven’t heard, eating watermelon is great for your skin. Read on and let me show you why eating it and absorbing all that wonderful watermelon nutrition can help to make your skin beautiful.
1. Watermelons contain a lot of Lycopene. This inflammation fighter is a powerful antioxidant and inflammation is the number one cause of aging. Anti-oxidants fight inflammation. Now follow the bread crumbs here. Therefore, watermelon, and the Lycopene it contains should be one of your best friends as it is known to help slow the aging process. And can easily bless you with the gift of beautiful skin.
Lycopene is what gives fruit its red or pink tinge. If it is red, it has Lycopene. That said, pound for pound, watermelon has more Lycopene than tomatoes. Almost 40% more. 'How much Lycopene in a watermelon' you might be thinking? To start, watermelons are about 91-92% water. And the rest, the other 8 percent? Well it is packed with the phytochemical Lycopene. More importantly, recent studies have shown that Lycopene also fights off certain cancers and improves heart health. Moral of the story? Eat watermelon!
2. Speaking of Water! Your skin loves and needs water. And we don’t get enough of it as not everyone is keen on drinking it plain. Here’s an option: why not eat a slice of watermelon to aid in your daily water consumption? As we mentioned above, watermelon is 91%-92% water. So, a pound of watermelon flesh is about 16 oz of H20! Water is essential in moisturizing your skin and even keeps your hair follicles healthy. Dry skin and a dehydrated body will lead to cracked lips and brittle hair. So, get your water by drinking up your watermelon slice every day!
3. Watermelon is rich in vitamins A, C, B and Potassium. All the vitamins are not just miracle workers for your skin but overall health. You can easily fight off infection and inflammation and maintain your healthy glow. Though it would be loads easier to pop a supplement for each vitamin, getting yours from natural fruit is better for the body, easier on the liver and kidneys.
4. Watermelon contains beta carotene. Beta-carotene is another anti-oxidant that turns into Vitamin A in the body. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy, beautiful skin. Beta-carotene is the element that is responsible for the bright red, yellow and orange pigments found in red, yellow and orange fruits and veggies. These pigments are called Cartenoids.
Add together watermelon’s Lycopene with the Beta-carotene, and you have a skin winning combination. In a recent study in Germany, it has been found that Lycopene and Beta Carotene work hand in hand in protecting the skin against sun burn. Yes, you get a small amount of sun and may be a little sunburn every time you go out. Having large amounts of Lycopene and Beta-Carotene absorbed by your body helps you keep your skin healthy and helps protect it from the sun. However, please keep wearing your sunscreen on top of your skin. You will still want that protection.
5. Next is the combination of Lycopene and Vitamin C. Vitamin C is known as a wrinkle fighter, collagen booster and skin brightener! Both Lycopene and Vitamin C are essential nutrients in the production of collagen and hastens synthesis. Add to that Vitamin A and you not only have enough collagen but also fresh cells needed in supporting damaged skin and hair.
6. Citrulline. Citrulline is a unique amino acid, derived from the roman word Citrullus – which means watermelon, and is found naturally in watermelon. Originally Citrulline was used as a treatment for mild cases of erectile dysfunction and has been the secret weapon of older gentleman in rising to the occasion. Pardon the pun. Now you might be wondering why I am talking about ED? And what does ED have to do with skin? Hold your horses, I am getting there. Citrulline helps with blood vessel dilation as it is converted into arginine, a precursor for nitric oxide. As our blood vessels are dilated, and allows for better circulation, it also means that nutrients are efficiently delivered to our cells. This explains the pinkish glow we have, the toning of our skin and thicker fuller hair.
7. Lastly, it is the delicate balance between all these nutrients found naturally in watermelon – Lycopene, Beta Carotene, Vitamins A, B and C, Citrulline and water – which is why eating watermelons makes your skin and hair beautiful.
In conclusion, now can you see why eating watermelon makes so much sense to get beautiful skin? It’s not just good sense. It is science. And Mother Nature. She has certainly done her best to create the perfect blend of super nutrients in this hydrating fruit to ensure our skin looks its best. The right amount of Lycopene, Vitamins A, C and B, Citrulline, Beta Carotene, water and more. Good news is you can enjoy 12 months out of the year. In summer, cool down with a giant slice of watermelon or a very large cup of watermelon juice. In winter savor the fresh, cool, summer time flavor watermelon has to offer. Mother Nature really created a winner when she made watermelon, didn't she?
Til Next Time,
Growing Younger Everyday