ISLAMABAD: Watermelon can reduce sunstroke and do much more to cool getaway during the blistering summer heat.
According to a new study watermelon could help prevent heart disease by halting the build-up of harmful cholesterol and also be a helpful in weight control, researchers from Purdue University, US have found.
There is nothing more refreshing and thirst quenching like a juicy slice of watermelon to protect the people from heat waves in hot summer season.
Watermelon is a good source of Vitamin C and Vitamin A. It is also a very good source of vitamin B6, vitamin B1, magnesium and potassium and at the same time low in calories.
Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration. It also reduces the risk of dehydration.
Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins like Vitamin B1 and B6 necessary for energy production and a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
It is found almost everywhere in the world and available throughout the year. It has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy interior flesh.
Watermelon contains approximately 6 percent of sugar and 92 percent water by weight making it an ideal fruit to consume during the hot summer.
They believe the secret to watermelon's health-boosting properties lies in citrulline, a chemical found in the juice.
Scientists who carried out studies on mice fed a high-fat diet found that the fruit halved the rate at which `bad' cholesterol, or LDL, accumulated.
LDL is a form of cholesterol that leads to clogged arteries and heart disease.
The scientists also observed that eating watermelon regularly helped to control weight gain and resulted in fewer fatty deposits inside blood vessels. Although the latest investigation showed no significant effects on blood pressure, it did reveal watermelons had a powerful impact on other heart risk factors. (APP)