Adam’s fruit! Eves delight! Can watermelon be Adam’s fruit?
Specifically in watermelons, these include lycopene, beta carotene and the rising star among its phyto-nutrients is citrulline, whose beneficial functions are now being unraveled. Among them is the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra does.
Scientific knowledge has confirmed that when watermelon is consumed, citrulline gets converted to arginine through certain enzymes. Arginine is an amino acid that works wonders on the heart and circulation system and maintains a good immune system, Patil said.
The citrulline-arginine relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very helpful for those who suffer from obesity and type 2 diabetes. Arginine also boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.
There are several problems that can cause impotence among the men and extra extra nitric oxide could help those who need increased blood flow. However, watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra," Patil said, "but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects."
There are other benefits one can have with the watermelon consumption. Arginine also helps the urea cycle by removing ammonia and other toxic compounds from our bodies.
Though these are few of the great effects watermelon can have, there are others which are yet to be discovered and Dr Patil hopes to study further to unlock more secrets of health benefits by the consumption of watermelon.