Including fruits in the daily diet is crucial for the proper functioning of the body. Along with vegetables, these foods provide the body with vitamins, minerals, fiber, water and other nutrients that help prevent certain health conditions.
The World Health Organization (WHO) recommends consuming at least five servings of these products per day to take advantage of their nutritional contribution.
The above source indicates that this food protects against kidney disease and helps keep urine clean thanks to its diuretic properties. In addition, it contains steroids and alkanes as the main components of the pulp extract, which could be responsible for preventing the formation of stones in the above-mentioned organs.
As a good source of potassium, it also helps balance the acids produced in the body, increase pH and reduce excess calcium in urine, also preventing the formation of kidney stones.
Good for the heart
Likewise, it offers healthy benefits for the heart. The Body Mind portal points out that the combination of vitamin C, beta-carotene and lycopene makes this fruit a food that prevents cardiovascular diseases, cancer and many chronic and degenerative diseases.
It refers to a study indicating that the nutrients that improve cardiovascular health and prevent heart problems are lycopene, vitamins A, B6 and C, and the minerals magnesium and potassium.
On the other hand, it is also healthy for the immune system due to its rich vitamin content. These nutrients help to strengthen the body’s defenses and, for example, prevent the development of infections.
Ally of men
However, to obtain this benefit, the ideal is to consume a good amount per day (more than 400 grams) so that the level of arginine in the blood increases by 12 to 22%. On the other hand, some studies link watermelon citrulline and arginine to benefits in type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Finally, this fruit contributes to healthy skin and hair due to its richness in vitamins A, C and lycopene. C intervenes in collagen synthesis, vitamin A contributes to cell regeneration and lycopene protects the skin well against sun damage, concludes Tua Saúde.