Watermelons are one of the most popular natural sweet summer treats.
However, watermelons are not only a treat. They are incredibly healthy, and that is why their flesh and rind have been used in traditional Chinese medicine. Chinese acupuncturists and practitioners use watermelon to prepare various herbal extracts to treat overheating of blood or organs.
They can determine if one has too much internal heat by a pulse reading, even if the thermometer shows only 98.6 Fahrenheit.
Having excess internal heat can lead to other problems such as inflammation which can cause chronic autoimmune diseases.
Health Benefits from Eating Watermelon
Watermelon is packed with beta carotene and lycopene. Lycopene is a pigment which helps in the prevention of prostate cancer and some other types of cancer as well.This pigment also helps with the treatment of fatty liver in both, males and females.
Beta carotene is an antioxidant which possesses potent anticancer properties. According to one Chinese study, women who consume a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, have reduced the risk of breast cancer.
Watermelon is sweet, so a lot of people are worried that it might affect the sugar levels in their blood or simply make them fat. Danish researchers conducted a study on 63 people (both, men and women) recently diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. According to the study, type 2 diabetics should not restrict their intake of fruit.
According to some other studies, watermelon can actually prevent metabolic disorders leading to type 2 diabetes. L-arginine and L-citrulline in watermelon can prevent endothelial dysfunction which decreases the flexibility of blood vessels, and their ability to dilate when needed. All in all, watermelon can improve the cardiovascular health.
When eating watermelon don’t bother to remove the pits as they are high in protein. You can also collect and grind them.
How to Choose a Good Watermelon
The good thing about watermelons is that the exterior spraying with pesticides can’t penetrate the rinds. Thus, the interior of the watermelon, the meat, is relatively free from pesticides. To chose a good watermelon the most important thing is the sound you hear when you slap or knock the watermelon.
You may need to hold one ear close to the watermelon while knocking or tapping on it. Watermelons which are probably not good and are too mushy will give a thunky sound with no ding or ping. On the contrary, watermelons with good taste and texture should give a vibrant hollow response.