8 Amazing Health Benefits of Watermelon


health-benefits-of-watermelonWatermelon is by far, one of the most powerful, body-healing fruits out there! The amazing health benefits of watermelon cover everything from your brain all the way to the cells in your feet.

The best time to indulge in this fresh, succulent, juicy melon, is summertime, when they are in season and deliver an array of nutrients, vitamin and minerals.

Watermelon is incredibly hydrating (up to 92% water!) and is naturally low-fat. Make this melon a part of your daily diet and you will reap amazing benefits that range from improving cardiovascular health to nourishing your eyes and revving up your immune system! Read below and see for yourself!

Cardiovascular & Bone Health

The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for our cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming large amounts of watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure). Dietary lycopene (from foods like watermelon or tomatoes) reduces oxidative stress which normally reduces the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts (the two major bone cells involved in the pathogenesis of osteoporosis) – this means stronger bones for those consuming lycopene-rich foods. Watermelon is also rich in potassium which helps to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.

Reduces Body Fat

The citrulline in watermelon has been shown to reduce the accumulation of fat in our fat cells. Citrulline is an amino acid which converts into arginine with help from the kidneys. When our bodies absorb citrulline it can take the step of converting into arginine if so required. Citrulline, when consumed, has the ability to (through a series of steps) block the activity of TNAP (tissue-nonspecific alkaline phosphatase) which makes our fat cells create less fat, and thus helps prevent over-accumulation of body fat.

Anti-inflammatory & Antioxidant Support

Watermelon is rich in phenolic compounds like flavonoids, carotenoids, and triterpenoids. The carotenoid lycopene in watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. The tripterpenoid cucurbitacin E is also present in watermelon, which provides anti-inflammatory support by blocking activity of cyclo-oxygenase enzymes which normally lead to increased inflammatory support. Make sure you pick ripe watermelons, because they contain higher amounts of these beneficial phenolic compounds.

Diuretic & Kidney Support

Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not strain the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine). Watermelons helps the liver process ammonia (waste from protein digestion) which eases strain on the kidneys while getting rid of excess fluids.

Muscle & Nerve Support

Rich in potassium, watermelon is a great natural electrolyte and thus helps regulate the action of nerves and muscles in our body. Potassium determines the degree and frequency with which our muscles contract, and controls the excitation of nerves in our body.


Watermelons have an alkaline-forming effect in the body when fully ripe. Eating lots of alkaline-forming foods (fresh, ripe, fruit and vegetables) can help reduce your risk of developing disease and illness caused by a high-acid diet (namely, meat, eggs and dairy).

Improves Eye Health

Watermelon is a wonderful source of beta-carotene (that rich red hue of watermelon = beta carotene) which is converted in the body to vitamin A. It helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration as well as prevents night blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, and mucus membranes.

Immune Support, Wound Healing & Prevents Cell Damage

The vitamin C content in watermelon is astoundingly high. Vitamin C is great at improving our immune system by maintaining the redox integrity of cells and thereby protecting them from reactive oxygen species (which damages our cells and DNA). The role of vitamin C in healing wounds has also been observed in numerous studies because it is essential to the formation of new connective tissue. The enzymes involved in forming collagen (the main component of wound healing) cannot function without vitamin C. If you are suffering from any slow-healing wounds, up your intake of vitamin C heavy fruit.

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Carly Fraser has her BSc (Hons.) Degree in Neuroscience, and is the owner and founder at Live Love Fruit. She currently lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, with a determined life mission to help inspire and motivate individuals to critically think about what they put in their bodies and to find balance through nutrition and lifestyle. She has helped hundreds of thousands of individuals to re-connect with their bodies and learn self-love through proper eating habits and natural living. She loves to do yoga, dance, and immerse herself in nature.


  1. […] The role of vitamin C in healing wounds has also been observed in numerous studies because it is essential to the formation of new connective tissue. The enzymes involved in forming collagen (the main component of wound healing) cannot function without vitamin C. If you are suffering from any slow-healing wounds, up your intake of vitamin C heavy fruit! Source: Live Love Fruit […]

  2. i love water melon. its very refreshing and healthy. i hope it will play a big part in my weight loss programme

  3. water melon has been a part of diet regularly , I was worried because of the high sugar content in it but yet the benefits are incredible.Thanks for the information.

  4. it is an amazing fruit… in my land i get it through out the year…its an order on every meal.

  5. that’s is fruit with sweet taste and give many nutritions, its reason for me to eat that’s fruit, nice articles Carly

  6. hi my name is Shirlie and i just saw all your post about watermelon.I live in Texas and they are not grown here year round, but can buy them in grocery stores here.I am 70 years old and have lots of health problems.i gave a kidney when i was thirty five yrs old. I take several dietary supplements.The Lord has been very kind to me and i try to live for him best i know how,but i think he has directed me here and i know that fruits and veggies are expensive but, i would like to know if the things in processed form are nearly as good for me?I am on several meds one for thyroid, MRIs have destroyed mine but didn’t know if para thyroids work.I am aware that they are very important to balance in the body.I am beginning to experience very near memory issues,like,sometimes trying to finding my word in something i am saying. Dr has started me on a patch called Exelon she said it will help me to keep from loosing more.I am also diabetic but i try to keep it under control. also bone issues,arth. I am sure by now you get the picture. Can watermelon improve all the health issues in my body? I know the Lord heals through miracles but, sometimes he chooses people to work through as well.
    Thanks,and GOD BLESS

  7. I really love watermelon. Thanks Carley Fraser for the info about watermelon.Does to much eating of it affects my health because I have eaten a whole watermelon for the whole day?

    • Not at all! People do watermelon Island where all they eat is 3 large watermelons a day, for weeks at a time (with incredible results in the end!).

  8. Very innovative lesson for the commoners who could not afford certain treatement in the hospital can at least receive healing through these natural God given friuts. Though it maybe expensive but i will encourage people to eat watermelon every day and see how its going to work out. To be candeed eating friuts most espercially watermelon has really helped my health condition generally. Thanks and God bless.

  9. I love water melon ad i am in Nigeria we cultivated water melon in the raining season you tolds the imptnt of watermelon what about the cover of her is this have imptnt in human healthThank you.

  10. Carly, this is great information to me now, am going to increase my intake of watermelon to half of a whole everyday, l hope it will not increase my sugar, pls advice.

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