Watermelons are mostly water about 92 percent but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.There’s even a modest amount of potassium very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup. Beta-carotene and phenolic antioxidant content also increase as the watermelon ripens.
Watermelon’s high levels of lycopene are very effective at protecting cells from damage and may help lower the risk of heart disease. Watermelon extracts helped reduce hypertension and lower blood pressure in obese adults. Arginine can help improve blood flow and may help reduce the accumulation of excess fat.
The lycopene in watermelon makes it an anti-inflammatory fruit. Watermelons help with overall hydration, and that is a great thing. The watermelon contains fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive tract and helps keep you regular.
If eaten in reasonable amounts watermelons should produce no serious side effects. If you eat an abundance of the fruit daily however, you may experience problems from having too much lycopene or potassium.
The consumption of more than 30 mg of lycopene daily could potentially cause nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and bloating. People with serious hyperkalemia or too much potassium in their blood should probably not consume more than about one cup of watermelon a day.