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Nature’s Viagra: How to Use Watermelon Rind As a Medicine

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Many times, people discard parts of fruits and vegetables that they consider unhealthy. Not only is this habit wasteful, but it may mean that people are missing out on health benefits they never considered. For example, while many folks tend to peel the white strands of an orange away from the fruit, those fibers are thought to have the highest concentration of flavonoids. As for kiwi, it’s safe to eat the fuzzy brown skin, because it contains three times the fiber of the flesh. Interesting, isn’t it?

However, one part of food that people seem least likely to think about eating is watermelon rind. They eat it right up to the rind, then toss it. Again, it’s wasteful (research shows that from “farm to fork,” the U.S. alone wastes about $165 billion annually from disposing food), and there are tons of health benefits to eating watermelon rind.


Health benefits of eating watermelon rind

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1) Heart and immune protection

According to the Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, citrulline is a compound found in watermelon rind that plays a role in banishing free radicals. It’s converted to an amino acid that ultimately provides heart and immune system protection and keeps harmful toxins from residing in the body.

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2) Nature’s Viagra

Researchers from Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center have noted that citrulline helps blood vessels relax and can even help with erectile dysfunction. In fact, its ability to boost blood flow have led to watermelon’s citrulline to be referred to as “nature’s Viagra.”

Check out WebMD article on watermelon rind for ED

3) Endurance

Once again, citrulline comes into play. Studies have shown that consuming citrulline leads to 30 percent less weight gain. The thought is that the citrulline in the rind leads to less muscle fatigue, which therefore allows people to extend the duration of their workouts and, in turn, better manage their weight.

Ways to eat watermelon rind include choosing organic watermelon and adding it to smoothies or simply even biting down deeper into the white part of the rind when eating the juicy flesh.


Original article: http://complete-health-and-happiness.com/how-to-use-watermelon-rind-as-a-medicine/

Sources for this article include:

http://rawandnaturalhealth.com

http://www.naturalnews.com

http://www.watermelonrind.com

http://www.sciencedaily.com

http://www.washingtonpost.com

http://science.naturalnews.com

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3 comments on “Nature’s Viagra: How to Use Watermelon Rind As a Medicine

  1. Geraldine
    May 16, 2015

    how interesting!!! I love watermelon but I agree, most people don’t know about using the rinds too.

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    • C Katt Krespach, NTP
      May 18, 2015

      That’s really great that you have been using the rinds.. like you said, most people throw all that goodness away. What is your favorite way to prepare them.. or do you just jump in and munch them down?

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    • C Katt Krespach, NTP
      June 12, 2015

      That’s cool that you know about the rinds… how did you find out?

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C Katt Krespach, NTP

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C Katt Krespach, NTP is a nutritional therapist and long time activist with a passion for healing arts and social entrepreneurship, …working in both areas for over a quarter of a century. Her site TheFoodReality.com has a worldwide following. SpritualEntrepreneur.global is her newest project and coaches brick-and-morter business owners into global social entrepreneurship. She is an author, public speaker, and entrepreneur. You can get Katt’s free edible flowers e-book here and also watch a short documentary on how she overcame neuropathy, significant weight gain, and more with easy, natural and healing mindsets. Follow Katt on Facebook, Wordpress, Twitter, and Instagram.

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