Watermelon: Properties and benefits

Watermelon is undoubtedly one of the most popular fruits in summer since its very high water content (over 91% of its weight) makes it a particularly thirst-quenching food. Excellent for rehydrating the body in cases of heavy sweating. This vegetable has detoxifying and antioxidant properties thanks to the abundant presence of vitamin A and vitamin C. It also contains discrete quantities of lycopene, a carotenoid with strong antioxidant and anti-tumor properties. Its richness in mineral salts (sodium, calcium, potassium, magnesium, etc.) make it an excellent remineralizer and an exceptional tonic, especially in summer when the body is subject to heavy and continuous sweating. It has diuretic and laxative properties and is therefore excellent for freeing our body from toxins. It also contains good quantities of citrulline, an amino acid that is very useful for the well-being of the heart and our vascular system (as it has proven hypotensive properties as well as the ability to keep the arterial walls elastic and therefore prevent states of atherosclerosis). Watermelon can also be consumed in the form of juice. The ideal is to consume it alone (without combining it with other foods) in intermediate meals or before main meals.