I love watermelon, sweet and juicy !!
Fruit boost: The citrulline in watermelons reacts with the body's enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed in arginine. Arginine has the same basic effect like Viagra (as stated in The Star newspaper)
Guess what I've read in the STAR newspaper today (page - W54) ???
"EAT WATERMELON FOR BETTER SEX"
That is the big title stated there... Eat Watermelon For Better Sex???
Quote : The Star - Friday 4 July 2008
LUBBOCK (Texas): A slice of cool, fresh watermelon has effects similar to Viagra, researchers say.
Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the United States' top producers of the seedless variety.
Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body's enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.
"Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Centre.
"Watermelon maybe not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects."
Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon breeding at North Carolina State University, said anyone taking Viagra should not expect the same result from watermelon.
"It sounds like it would be an effect that would be interesting but not a substitute for any medical treatment," Wehner said.
The nitric oxide can also help with angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, according to the study, which was paid for by the US Department of Argiculture.
More citrulline - about 60% - is found in watermelon rind than in the flesh, Patil said, but that can vary.
Citrulline is found in all colours of watermelon and is highest in the yellow-fleshed types, said Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a USDA researcher in Lane, Okla.
She said Patil's research is valid, but with a caveat: One would need to eat about six cups of watermelon to get enough citrulline to boost the body's arginine level.
"The problem you have when you eat a lot of watermelon is you tend to run to the bathroom more," Perkins-Veazie said.
Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis become widespread.
Citrulline is present in other cucurbits, like cucumbers and cantaloupe, at very low level, and in the milk protein casein. The highest concentrations of citrulline were found in walnut seedings, Perkins-Veazie said.
"But they're bitter and most people don't want to eat them," she said. -AP
After reading this in the newspaper today only I realise that watermelon has so much good benefit to our body...(not just for the better sex, of course ...hahaha~) So take more watermelon ya !!