Watermelon: a natural viagra?
In the summer of 2008, a research discovery pointed to benefits of watermelon as a possible key to sexual fulfillment. Dr. Bhimu Patil and the Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center specifically studied one of watermelon’s phytonutrients, citrulline. Thanks to Dr. Patil we now know that citrulline, like Viagra, has the power to relax blood vessels.
Is watermelon good for impotence or erectile dysfunction?
You see, the body converts citrulline to L-argenine, which, as Dr. Patil explains, “boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”
Citrulline is more concentrated in the rind than in the flesh of the fruit. So, of course, researchers are diligently working on developing a variety with rind-quality concentrations of citrulline in the flesh of the fruit. I’ve not yet seen evidence of the Viagra fruit on the market. But there is no doubt that it is coming soon to a test tube near you.
In the meantime, it is possible to take citrulline supplements. But it is recommended that you consult with your doctor before adding a supplement like this to your diet.
Quite simply, watermelon is good for you!
Previous to the citrulline discovery, one of the best known benefits of watermelon was that it was valued as a natural sources of lycopene. In fact, it’s one of the best natural sources of lycopene available. It even outweighs tomatoes in the lycopene department. (Lycopene is primarily thought of as essential for heart health. But it’s also beneficial for prostate health).
Watermelon can also help keep you hydrated. And hydration is one of our 10 Steps to Sexy. Although watermelon is a food, it’s 92% water. (It’s also a source of fiber. So in addition to helping you stay hydrated and look sexy, it can help you feel more sexy by potentially banishing bloat.)
You might be surprised to learn that this summer fruit is also a source of potassium. And if you’ve visited our section on nutrients for sexual health, you know that studies show that potassium is a key nutrient in enhancing cardiovascular activity. And like I always say, what’s good for your heart is great for your sex life.
Watermelon is a food of seduction
Yet even without knowing its nutritional impact, it’s easy to see why this is a food of seduction. It is valentine pink in color. And watermelon’s flesh is an emblem of summer, hot days in the sun and lots of skin.
Even in the manner in which it is eaten, watermelon is sexy. It is a food for which it is not only accepted, it is expected that the seeds will be expelled from the mouth through puckered up lips.
So, it could be suggested that impromptu seed spitting contest may be excellent ice breakers for singles on the prowl at the softball league summer BBQ. Think about it…an entire game focused solely on the skills of mouths.
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