Originally published December 5 2008
Watermelon Juice: A Thirst Quenching Super Food Juice
by Sheryl Walters
(NaturalNews) Watermelon is a deliciously thirst quenching, healing super food. Juicing watermelon is especially nutritious because you can juice the entire melon…fruit, rind and seeds, all of which offer incredible benefits. In fact, studies show that the most nutrient dense part of the melon is the rind, and the seeds contain beneficial fat. When only the red part it eaten, we throw away the goodness that makes this such a spectacular food. The whole fruit is also far lower in sugar than the red fruit juiced on its own.
Watermelon juice is wonderful for athletes and active people because it is deeply hydrating. Gatorade and other re-hydrating drinks cannot possibly compare with the rebalancing power of this yummy juice. Watermelon not only moistens the body and the cells, it also flushes out the kidneys, gall bladder and bladder.
Bursting with Antioxidants
This sweet and juicy fruit is full with some of nature's most potent antioxidants. It is a dense source of vitamin C and beta-carotene (which turns into vitamin A in the body). These powerful antioxidants are the natural antidote to aging and disease causing free radicals. They are at the root of most illnesses. Vitamin C and beta-carotene neutralize these damaging molecules so that we can defy age naturally. A diet high in these two vitamins is known to reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma, arthritis, and even cancer. They also boost the immune system and improve eyesight.
Loaded with Lycopene
Tomatoes are renowned for their high level of the potent antioxidant lycopene, but watermelon juice is a very concentrated source as well. Scientific studies show that people who eat a diet high in lycopene are much less likely to suffer with these problems than people who don't.
The cancer preventing properties of Lycopene have been extensively studied. It has been shown to protect against a growing list of cancers including prostate cancer, breast cancer, endometrial cancer, lung cancer and colorectal cancers. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study which found that people who had colorectal polyps, which is an early warning sign for colorectal cancers, had 35% lower levels of lycopene than those with no polyps.
Studies have also revealed that people are less likely to get sunburnt after increasing their levels of lycopene. It protects cells and other structures in the body from oxygen damage and even DNA damage.
Watermelon Juice is High in B6
Vitamin B6 is vital for balancing the brain and reducing the symptoms of anxiety and depression. It is also a very good hormone regulator and helps women through their menstrual cycle.
So if you don't already indulge in watermelon juice, you might consider making it part of your regular juicing menu. You can mix it with other vegetables for even more amazing health benefits. Watermelon, celery, cucumber and ginger is a delicious combination that will enhance beauty, health and overall wellbeing.
About the authorSheryl is a kinesiologist, nutritionist and holistic practitioner.
Her website www.younglivingguide.com provides the latest research on preventing disease, looking naturally gorgeous, and feeling emotionally and physically fabulous. You can also find some of the most powerful super foods on the planet including raw chocolate, purple corn, and many others.
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