There are numerous nutrients in watermelons, including potassium, vitamin C, and magnesium. Additionally, the fruit has a high bioavailability of antioxidants, such as lycopene and l-citrulline.
According to studies, watermelon supplements and extracts reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels.
Nonetheless, these studies indicate that fruit consumption is associated with reduced cholesterol and body weight, as well as a decreased risk of prostate, lung, and breast cancer.
Recently, two studies examined the impacts of watermelon consumption on health.
The first study, which was published in Nutrients, found that children and adults who consumed watermelon had higher intakes of various nutrients, such as dietary fiber, magnesium, and potassium, than those who did not. In addition, they consumed less added carbohydrates and saturated fatty acids.
The second study, also published in Nutrients, discovered that two weeks of watermelon juice consumption protects vascular function.
In the end, they discovered that infants and adults who consumed watermelon had a greater intake of:
- Dietary fiber
- Vitamin A
In addition, they consumed 5% less added carbohydrates and total saturated fatty acids and consumed more lycopene and other carotenoids.
The researchers noted that their findings suggest a relation between watermelon consumption and adherence to general dietary recommendations.