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September 19, 2009
Summer is just the perfect time for eating watermelons. This refreshing crunchy fruit is actually a berry (or a pepo) with green striped surface and soft juicy flesh. Watermelons are far relatives of pumpkin, zucchinis and other members of the Cucurbitaceae family. It came to Europe and the U.S. from North and Central Africa. Nowadays, watermelons have been cultivated in the areas with dry and hot climatic conditions, and this delicious gifts of nature are available in our markets almost year-round. The heaviest watermelon ever registered by the specialists grew up in Japan and reached 111 kg of weight.
Watermelon contains 92% of water and can be used as a very effective thirst quencher. Also, it contains 12% of such chemical compounds as fructose, sucrose and glucose. Organic watermelons are perfect sources of natural fiber, Vitamins B1, B2, C, PP, pectin, foilc acid and pro-vitamin A, as well as the compounds of manganese, iron, magnesium, nickel and potassium. Little black stones of watermelons are used for producing a fatty oil rich in vitamin D. Therapeutic properties of watermelon have been used in modern alternative medicine.
Organic watermelons contain good amounts of antioxidants and a carotenoid called lycopene, a valuable nutrient that can assist in lowering the risks of some common types of cancer, including breast and prostate cancer. As a source of fiber, watermelons have positive effects on the function of our digestive system. Being one of the best natural diuretics, watermelon can assist in reducing swelling or excessive liquid in kidneys and liver. Finally, some experts argue that watermelon should be considered a natural aphrodisiac as it has properties to improve male sexual power.
Watermelon is a safe and effective natural remedy that can work for people of any age, that is why using therapeutic properties of watermelon are recommended to almost everyone without any bias. In addition to all the above mentioned properties, watermelon can be a great source of energy. According to the findings of a recent research of the specialists at by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, leaded by Wayne Fish, watermelons have an excellent potential to become material for producing ethanol biofuel. The findings of this interesting study were published in the journal Biotechnology For Biofuel.Author Info: Hi! My name is Carla and I am a 5th year medical student at HYMS. I am interested in alternative medicine and I have done months researching the topic of herbal medicine. Besides, I like interviewing people and learning more about their experiences with one or another type of herbal treatments. I am willing to contribute to this site with my knowledge, and I would be happy to help you out to the best of my ability with any specific questions or problems related to alternative medicine.