A sensational stress buster
Watermelon is a ‘sensational’ stress buster says research. It is high in vitamin B6- and is used by the body to produce brain chemicals, which may relieve stress, anxiety and panic attacks. It naturally relaxes the blood vessels without any drug side effects.
Cardiovalcular health booster
Research in the US has found that watermelon contains more lycopene, the phytochemical associated with reduced prostate cancer and lower rates of heart disease than tomatoes.
Lycopene is a carotenoid phytonutrient that’s especially important for our cardiovascular health, and an increasing number of scientists now believe that lycopene is important for bone health as well.
Citrulline is an amino acid that is commonly converted by our kidneys and other organ systems into arginine (another amino acid). When our body absorbs this citrulline, one of the steps it can take is converting citrulline into arginine, particularly if a person’s body is not making enough arginine. Higher levels of arginine can help improve blood flow and other aspects of our cardiovascular health.
There’s also some preliminary evidence from animal studies that greater conversion of citrulline into arginine may help prevent excess accumulation of fat in fat cells due to blocked activity of an enzyme called tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase, or TNAP.