I have always believed that most problems that occur within the human body can be solved and/or prevented by the diet we consume, and this leads credence to that idea. Part of the problem today, is that the many in the medical industry are such pharmaceutical whores, that natural, safer and cheaper alternatives to expensive medicines are often bypassed for pills. But all blame does not lay with the doctors. As a society, Americans are selfish and lazy in the sense we would prefer an easy antidote to our problems, that might have more harmful side effects rather than change our eating habits, get some exercise, or do some home research. I'll stick with my methods for now, as far as I know watermelon doesn't have the side effect of turning your vision blue, or causing a longer than usual erection!
Watermelon = The New Viagra?
Tuesday, July 1, 2008
filed under: health & diet & fitness
Scientists say the fruit boosts a little-known side effect.
Want to get in the mood? Forget oysters. Science Daily is reporting that watermelon may have Viagra-like effects on the body. Researchers say watermelon relaxes blood vessels, much like Viagra does, and may even increase libido.
"The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body," said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station.
Watermelon contains the nutrient citrulline. When watermelon is consumed, citrulline is converted to arginine. "Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," Patil says. "Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects." He recommends storing the uncut watermelon at room temperature before eating for maximum health benefits.
So go ahead -- add a watermelon to your Fourth of July shopping list. We guarantee you'll be seeing fireworks.
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