The watermelon is a trusty sidekick to have in your diet during the hot summer months. Unlike most super-foods, the watermelon is stark in comparison due to its high-calorie value. There are about 46 calories for every cup of watermelon while blueberries contribute to less than half. So in essence, watermelons need to be taken with a pinch of salt. The other components of watermelon are Vitamin C, Vitamin A and water. The presence of Vitamin A and C is especially beneficial and has a lot of great health benefits.
So this trusty sidekick is definitely going to help you in the summer months. The fruit is essentially made of water, with water forming 92% of the overall composition of the fruit. The high water content prevents dehydration and also prevents you from craving for food because of how full you feel after having a cup of watermelon.
Insulin Growth Factor or IGF is one of the elements that are linked to cancer formation in the digestive tract. Watermelons contain lycopene that is known to control and manage IGF production in the digestive system thereby reducing the risk of cancer formation in the cells within the digestive system. Further research needs to be done to see how watermelon can combat other forms of cancerous formation in other parts of the body. But as of now, watermelons are specific in their combat targets. Lycopene, on the other hand, has other uses as well. One of the major uses of lycopene within the body is to reduce the thickness of artery walls thus improving heart functioning; Watermelon has trace amounts of a lot of minerals and vitamins that help improving blood flow and circulation but nothing as significant.
Inflammations are a big pain, literally. Watermelon contains lycopene and Vitamin C; as separate components, they tend fairly poorly against inflammations, but being mixed together greatly improves their efforts against inflammations and improves the antioxidant levels in the system. Antioxidants are required to manage oxidation stress within the cells. Watermelon does not contain enough antioxidant components to combat DNA damage due to free radicals. But that shouldn’t deter users away from this super-food either; watermelon juice is the perfect post-workout drink that people can consume since the super-food is said to be the perfect solution to muscle soreness.
Unlike other superheroes that you have seen in this list, the watermelon clearly ranks much lower, and that is why we feel the watermelon needs to pair up with another super-food to acquire the best benefits.