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Not only are watermelons delicious, they are good for you! Eating watermelon can possibly help one's immunity, blood pressure, heart health, and even pain causing inflammation!

Benton, Ark. – 

Watermelon Quick Facts     

  • Watermelon contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes
  • one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, seems to protect against muscle pain
  • Watermelon rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh; citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, which is important for heart and immune system health
  • Research showed citrulline and arginine supplements derived from watermelon extract lead to significant improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress in obese study participants
  • Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, or tripterpenoid, which blocks the activity of the pain and inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase -- the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs

 

By Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
The Cooperative Extension Service
U of A System Division of Agriculture

Media Contact: Kris Boulton
County Extension Agent - FCS
U of A Division of Agriculture
Cooperative Extension Service
1605 Edison Ave Benton AR 72015
(501) 303-5672
kboulton@uaex.edu

 

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