Most southerners agree, watermelon is a summertime staple for any pool party or 4th of July gathering. But, aside from simply tasting great, watermelon is a potent natural source for antioxidants.
Functions of Antioxidant
What is the function of an antioxidant? “Oxidation” is a chemical reaction that transfers electrons between cells. These reactions are necessary for life, but they can also be extremely damaging. If too much “oxidative stress” builds up, it damages or kills cells. It also may be linked to many fatal human diseases.
“Antioxidants” (such as vitamins A, C, and E), are molecules that slow or prevent oxidation between cells. They keep natural oxidation reactions at optimum levels and prevent free radical damage to DNA and other building blocks in our bodies.
Watermelons and Cancer
How does the wonderful watermelon fit in to all of this? Watermelons are chockfull of vitamins, minerals and even lycopene. Lycopene has been proven in multiple studies to lower the risk of many types of cancer, including lung, prostate and possibly even breast cancer.
Watermelon is also a fantastic source for potassium, magnesium, vitamins B6 and B1. With virtually no vegetable fat, cholesterol, and low in calories, this nutritious melon is the perfect summer addition to any meal. An uncut melon will keep at room temperature for 2-3 weeks, making it an economical resource for advanced meal planning.