The ABC's of Summer's Candy

Posted on June 21, 2013
 image029Summer is officially here! What conjures thoughts of Summertime, more than BBQ, corn on the cob and watermelon? That Will Smith Song (am I dating myself?) If you said, “watermelon” give yourself a gold star! 

My first introduction was at day camp at 5 years old during a watermelon eating contest, I won first prize! Little did I know that this juicy, deliciously refreshing fruit is cooling in the body and chock full of health boosting properties.  With its high water content, watermelon aids in constipation and the diuretic effect eases bloating and cleanses the bladder and kidneys. Watermelons also have the highest level of lycopene per serving--more than any other fruit--take that tomatoes!


Knowing Watermelon is good for you is as easy as knowing your A-B-C's

A:

Antioxidants

Reduce toxins in the body.  Toxins that may cause asthma.

When eaten, organic compounds in watermelon convert into the amino acid Arginine, which aids heart, liver and circulatory system health.  Arginine is a key component to helping your heart to produce nitric oxide, increased levels of nitric oxide improve your cardio-vascular health and performance.

Vitamin A

Plays an important role in bone growth, optimal eye, skin and immune system health and enhances the infection fighting actions of white blood cells.

B:

Vitamin B6

Helps to maintain healthy brain function and plays a key role in producing antibodies needed to fight many diseases.  Vitamin B6 also helps to maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells.  The body uses it to help break down proteins.  The more protein you eat, athletes, the more vitamin B6 you need.

Blemishes

Watermelon can be used as a beauty aid! Rub a piece on your skin, let the juice soak in for 10 minutes then rinse off.  Bask in your babeliciousness!

Beta-carotene

Good for your eyes and in reducing inflammation, great natural relief for arthritis sufferers

 

C:

Vitamin C

Helps to boost the immune system against infections and viruses.  It can help prevent heart disease by preventing free radicals from damaging artery walls.

Citruline

The organic compound that converts arginine, making watermelon a heart-smart food

Now you know your ABCs, won’t you come have some yummy goody food with me. :)

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