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Healing Power of Watermelon

February 17, 2016 | Author: admin image 2

The people of the Kalahari Desert in Africa call watermelon the "lord of the desert."The Kalahari is the ancient homeland of the watermelon, and the watermelon can still be found in its wild form there. Watermelons were often placed in the tombs of the pharaohs as a source of food in the monarchs' afterlives. During the time of the crusades the watermelon was first introduced to Western Europeans .

Melons are first mentioned in the Bible. Today wild melons are almost nowhere to be found. Cultivated forms of melon were derived by selecting from Asian varieties that grew in fields as weeds. Such varieties can still be found today.

The first cultivation of melons may have been in northern India or in nearby regions of Iran or Central Asia centuries before the birth of Christ. Cultivated melons began to spread to neighboring areas: Central Asia and Asia Minor in the west, as far as China in the east. We know that the ancient Egyptians grew melons. Europe first learned of melons in the Middle Ages.

Until the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries watermelon was less popular than the melon in the Muslim East. In the Canon of Ibn Sina and in the Pharmacognosy of Al-Biruni watermelon is mentioned only in passing as the "Indian melon."

Later the situation changed. Seventeenth-century author Mohammed al-Mu'min writes the following about the watermelon: "Watermelon is a choleretic and a diuretic; it quenches thirst. Watermelon juice with honey and ginger is an expectorant, and when combined with milk is a choleretic."

Muhammad Yusuf Shirvani in Tibbnama (1712) wrote of the diuretic, choleretic, and thirst-quenching qualities of watermelon. "These succulent fruits quench the thirst and replenish minerals within the body," the work said.

Many associate watermelon with the coming of fall, with an abundance of vegetables, fruits, berries - with the "golden season, "which we should make the most of. However, not everyone knows that watermelon has a large number of medicinal properties and is practically entirely edible - rind, flesh, seeds and all

Watermelon flesh is, of course, the most valuable and tasty. It contains easily-digested sugars (fructose, glucose, sucrose), pectins, cellulose, and vitamins РР, С, D, В1, В2 and В6. It contains many vitamins, carotene (provitamin A), as well as iron, copper, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, zinc, and folic acid. And, what's especially important, when compared with fruits and vegetables, watermelon has significantly more nutrients.

Potassium, phosphorus, iron, and magnesium, in combination with various sugars (more than sixty percent) and its helpful pectins, have many health benefits; they stimulate the metabolism; do a wonderful job of cleaning the kidneys and liver; flush out heavy metals and toxins; improve the condition of one's stomach acid; prevent the formation of stones in the bladder and urinary tract; they have an anti-sclerotic effect.

This is why watermelon is used as an effective treatment for chronic hepatitis, cholecystitis, biliary dyskinesia and other conditions. In its iron content watermelon is second only to spinach and lettuce, and is unsurpassed in its levels of folic acid. As is well-known, folic acid is necessary for the production of blood and takes part in many of the body's biochemical reactions.

Watermelon can also be used to treat hypertension, arteriosclerosis, gout, rheumatism, arthritis, obesity, and other conditions. It should also be eaten for good general health.

The presence of lycopenein watermelon enables it to fight many types of cancer cells - those producing cancer of the aesophagus, prostate, stomach, liver, lungs, mammary glands, uterus, pancreas, large intestine, and others. Consumption of watermelon improves vision. Watermelon is especially recommended to those who are aging, because it increases insuline sensitivity.

Oil can be made from watermelon seeds. Watermelon seed oil matches the medicinal properties of almond oil, and tastes like olive oil. Oil from watermelon seeds contains zinc and selenium, which improve the functioning of the prostate gland, preventing inflammation, improving the production of sperm, and increasing the libido while reducing the risk of cancer.

Watermelon rinds are also healthy and edible. They are far richer in vitamins than the flesh of the watermelon, and possess many amino acids. The white flesh of watermelon rinds builds up healthy bacteria in the large intestine. Rinds are used to treat dysbacteriosis in children and adults, as well as colitis. Watermelons are a source of pectins, which are used to flush the body of toxins and heavy metals.

It is recommended to eat watermelon after surgery, especially if it was carried out with anesthesia. Watermelon has an alkalizing effect on the body, neutralizing excess acids formed during digestion. Watermelon is a good diet food. .

One hundred grams of watermelon flesh contains only fifty calories. However, it's worth remembering that watermelon, like many fruits, causes fermentation and bloating in the intestines if eaten with other foods. That's why it's best to eat watermelon and melon separately, between meals.

Health Cleansers. Interview with Farid Alakbarli. Region+.