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Watermelon – Refreshing and Healthy

September 10, 2013 Nutrition

watermelonWatermelons are delicious and refreshing. On top of that, there are more and more studies showing that they are also very healthy.

The red color of watermelons is given by lycopene, the same component responsible for the red color of tomatoes. They are also rich in beta carotene, vitamin A and C. Both lycopene and beta carotene are associated with lower risk of cancer, probably because they boost the antioxidant levels. Moreover, research published in the American Journal of Nutrition showed that higher intake of lycopene in men reduces the risk of prostate cancer.

According to the same source, a 6 weeks treatment with watermelon extract in obese subjects helped reduce their blood pressure...

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