Watermelon is our #2 food choice for men
Sweet, pink, ripe watermelon is a fat free snack great for overall health. You may already know that the benefits of watermelon include the fact that this fruit is a good source of vitamin C. And that it’s great for hydration. It’s great for adding variety to the diet and is good for health, whatever your sex.
Why is watermelon good for men’s health?
However, watermelon just might be more important for men than for women.In 2008 it was discovered that watermelon could be a perfect food for men’s sexual health. That’s because of one very special nutrient, citrulline. That’s right! For men, watermelon and sex are linked. You can see why it makes our list of the 10 foods every man should eat.
What is citrulline?
Citrulline is a phytonutrient. And it’s one that is noted for its ability to boost nitric oxide and relax blood vessels. In other words, in concentrated doses, some experts believe that it could work as a replacement for erectile dysfunction medication. (WebMD even goes so far as to call watermelon “nature’s Viagra.”)
However there are many misinterpretations of this claim. Many articles promoting watermelon’s ability to promote nitric oxide have confused better blood flow with improved sex drive. As far as we know, watermelon is not linked to sex drive in men–or women for that matter.
In addition, it should be added that watermelon although contains nutrients to improve a man’s ability to achieve an erection, it isn’t fully understood just how much watermelon would be required in order for the eater of this summer fruit to appreciate a “viagra-like” effect.
It is known that the citrulline in watermelon is concentrated near the rind, so if you wanted to experiment with watermelon at home, you might want to work on your recipe for pickled watermelon rind!
Additional health benefits of watermelon
In addition to citrulline, watermelon offers several benefits. Did you know that it’s one of the finest sources of lycopene, a carotenoid extremely beneficial to cardiovascular health? This is, of course, beneficial to both sexes. After all, we all need good cardiovascular health to keep the blood pumping and achieve sexual climax. But studies show that increased intake of lycopene may prevent prostate cancer.
Watermelon benefits for men include the fact that this low-calorie food is a source of vitamin A. This indicates that watermelon has benefits for skin, since vitamin A is said to encourage collagen growth.
This is, of course a benefit of watermelon for women as well as men, as is the fact that studies indicate the fruit may be helpful for relieving muscle soreness and reducing inflammation. Another great reason for everyone to eat more watermelon!
Some of our favorite recipes featuring watermelon:
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