Wednesday, June 23, 2010

ABC Wednesday - W

It's ABC Wednesday again. Here is my entry for this week. for Watermelon

Health benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon - It is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene. The beautiful red watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant which is called lycopene. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them which can lead to hearty attack or stroke. The lycopene which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer. It is a surprising fact that watermelon is the only fruit that contains higher concentrations of lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable. The antioxidants help reducing the severity of asthma. It also reduces the risk of colon cancer, asthma, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and prostate cancer. Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases. Watermelon is fat free but helps energy production. It protects against macular degeneration.