Watermelon is a delicious fruit that many of us love to enjoy. However, we may have been eating it the wrong way without knowing.
We only enjoy the delicious red part of the watermelon and discard its green, less delicious part. But do you know that about 95% of the nutrients came from the rind you throw away? Take a look at the the amazing health benefits of the watermelon rind, so that the next time you buy a watermelon, you can get all the good stuff from it.
1) Boost Immune System
In this coronavirus period, we have been advised by health organisations to boost our immune system so it is better equipped to fight the virus. According to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, the citrulline found in watermelon rind can boost your immune system.
It can also help fight free radical damage in the body. Consuming the rind of watermelon gives you a rich dose of vitamins C, A, B6, potassium and zinc. The vitamin C also helps in the production of white blood cells which fight against infection.
2) Weight Loss
If you are looking to shed some weight, then you had better include watermelon rind to your diet plan.
The citrulline in it helps you lose weight. Studies have shown that those who consume natural citrulline tend to lose more weight than those who don't consume it.
Watermelon rind also includes fiber, which which makes you feel full for a longer time, so you don't eat too much. Citrulline also helps oxygen distribution to your muscles, which in turn improves your exercise routine.
3) Improves Libido
Consuming watermelon rind can improve your performance in 'the other room'. It is good for men suffering from moderate erectile dysfunction.
It aids blood flow to intimate areas, and boosts libido because of the amino acid citrulline it contains.
All these help to improve overall s*xual performance. You see now that you have been throwing away important nutrients?
4) Healthy Pregnancy
Watermelon rind is also good for pregnant women. It contains potassium which reduces swelling associated with pregnancy.
It can also reduce heartburn which pregnant women experience, and the natural sugars it contains can reduce their morning sickness.
5) Helps With Kidney Stones
Consumption of watermelon rind is good for the kidney, as it helps in breaking down of kidney stones. The water inherent in watermelon rind helps to flush out kidney stones that may be hiding in the kidney
The potassium in the hind also helps to regulate and maintain acid level in urine.
6) Blood Pressure
The potassium in watermelon rind is also effective in lowering stress and strain in blood vessels and arteries. The water in the rind can lower blood pressure and regulate it, even if it's low blood pressure you're suffering from.
It makes you less prone to heart attacks, strokes, and heart disease.
Nevertheless, too much of everything is not good, so don't obsess over it and consume it in excess.
If you take it too much, it may cause you diarrhea, gastrointestinal disfunction, etc. And if you already have these illnesses, or spleen, dampness or cold in the stomach, then stay away from watermelon rind.
Isn't it amazing the benefits of watermelon rind? Now you know why you shouldn't discard it anymore
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