Ms. Ann By Ms. Ann, 28th Jun 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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The health benefits of watermelon can keep you from having a blood clot because of citrulline. It is a natural health source.


Ice cold watermelon is in great demand in the hot, sultry summer air. We all love to take this delicious fruit on picnics with us. The University of Kentucky has been doing research into the health benefits of eating watermelon.

Research by University of Kentucky has shown that in lab mice which have diet-induced high cholesterol, fed a beverage of watermelon juice versus those fed with show, have a decrease in fat mass, plaque formation, and cholesterol level. The research showed they also had “fewer atherosclerosis lesion- in which the artery wall thickens because of fatty materials such as cholesterol.”

Watermelon is full of citrulline, which is a nonessential amino acid. Natural health sources on the Web praise watermelon as a ‘natural Viagra.’ Citrulline is a precursor to arginine (another amino acid) and is involved in the formation of urea in the liver. The synthesis and elimination of urea is essential for removing toxic nitrogen metabolites from the body. These metabolites build up from the digestion, absorption, and metabolism of protein. Citrulline works along with aspartic acid, citric acid and magnesium in helping to improve nitrogen metabolite excretion.

Watermelon is high in fructose (fruit sugar) and you probably already know it is a natural diuretic, so you probably make a lot of trips to the bathroom. It helps in the detoxification of the liver. It also helps with high blood pressure. The study shows that as soon as citrulline enters the kidney, it is converted into arginnine. When your vascular system is working properly, there is less chance that a blood clot can form.

This information is very helpful for those of us who are on blood thinners or who have had blood clots. Eat plenty of watermelon. It is good for you and your health.


Amino Acid, Arginnine, Citrulline, Research, Watermelon

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Retired Teacher;Author of 2 books: "Herbal Hair Care & More" & "From Terror to Love Defined"
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author avatar Steve Kinsman
28th Jun 2012 (#)

Great post, great information. Thank you Ms. Ann.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
29th Jun 2012 (#)

Thank you Steve. Appreciate it.

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author avatar Shannon
8th Jun 2013 (#)

Just wanted to help you with a 'typo' in the beginning... the blue title word; Watermelon - is spelled incorrectly. I'd want to know, if it were my post. Blessings sister!

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author avatar Judy Ellen
30th Jun 2012 (#)

Wow! Who would have guessed that something we love so much is actually good for us!! Thanks!!

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author avatar Ms. Ann
30th Jun 2012 (#)

JudyEllen, I eat it for breakfast and for snacks. Glad you liked the article and the fruit.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
1st Jul 2012 (#)

It is affordable too and what a relief in the tropical climate like we have in most parts of Asia. Another relief that it is so beneficial to health too! Thanks for the share, Ms Ann - siva

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author avatar Ms. Ann
1st Jul 2012 (#)

Thank you Siva.
Always appreciate you and your comments.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
5th Jul 2012 (#)

A truly remarkable fruit, I have written about it as well and wanted to update by reading your very concise and informative article. Thank you for sharing.

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author avatar Ms. Ann
6th Jul 2012 (#)

Appreciate your comment Tranquil. Thanks!

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author avatar Denise O
5th Aug 2012 (#)

I never knew of most of these facts about watermelon, I just know I love it. Great information. Thank you for sharing.:)

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