Friday, August 30, 2019

Watermelon juice

Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family of gourds and is related to the cucumber, squash, and pumpkin. Watermelon flesh is ~91% water by weight.

Watermelon juice, as a beverage, is found almost exclusively as an over-the-counter drink made by hand from the pink flesh of the watermelon fruit. While, in some cultures such as those of Mexico and India, such watermelon drinks are popular, in the United States and elsewhere, watermelon juice drinks are rare, with commercially available packaged watermelon juice drinks virtually unknown.

Watermelon is rich in vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B, amino acid and also carotenoid lycopene. The red flesh of watermelon contains some vitamin A. Watermelon is rich in vitamin B that is primarily responsible for the production of energy in human body. Hence, consuming watermelon can boost the energy levels.

Citrulline and arginine are amino acids found in watermelon and are major components of the human nitrous oxide system and help regulate many biochemical processes. Citrulline lacks biological importance on its own but is transformed by the human body into arginine. Arginine is used in the nitric oxide pathway to help in vasodilatation and overall cardiovascular health.

Watermelons are also a good source of vitamin C with a cup (8 oz) of watermelon juice containing 20% of the daily value for vitamin C, which is an essential nutrient for humans because it aids in the synthesis of collagen in addition to protecting against oxidative damage.

The juice is believed to possess diuretic properties as it contains β-carotene pigments like lycopene, and potassium, in fair amounts.
Watermelon juice
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