If you’ve been having doubts about trying yellow watermelon, either because it’s an unusual color or because it seems genetically modified as a result of its bright flesh, then know it’s one of the tastiest and healthiest foods you can eat. Despite being yellow inside and not red as we’re used to, yellow watermelon is a source of good nutrition and provides numerous benefits for health. Read on to find out what exactly is yellow watermelon good for and why you should eat some today.
1) Good for dehydration
Yellow watermelon is high in water and eating it helps restore normal fluid levels and blood volume, as well as provides electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium for a tonic effect, thus making the bright-colored fruit good for dehydration and associated symptoms such as tiredness, fatigue, malaise, dizziness and headaches.
2) Benefits for kidney function
With a water content of over 90%, yellow watermelon has diuretic properties, increasing urine output and supporting normal kidney function. If you experience abnormal urine colors such as dark yellow urine, eating a wedge of yellow watermelon can help with that.
3) Combats water retention
Yellow watermelon, and other watermelon colors, are over 90% water, a source of electrolytes such as potassium, magnesium and calcium, but essentially sodium-free. That makes the fruit a great food to eat for water retention, one that can help with symptoms such as swollen legs, ankles, feet, arms and hands and face puffiness.
4) Benefits for high blood pressure
Yellow watermelon flesh is a source of potassium and magnesium, two dietary minerals and electrolytes directly involved in regulating blood pressure. It is virtually sodium-free and does not contribute to raising blood pressure numbers either. Yellow watermelon is also a source of citrulline which raises levels or arginine for the production of nitric oxide which exerts vasodilating properties and actively lowers blood pressure.
5) Benefits for heart rate
Citrulline in yellow watermelon supports the production of nitric oxide which helps decrease contractility of the heart muscle and lowers heart rate. In addition to citrulline, yellow watermelon contains nutrients that your heart needs to function properly such as potassium, magnesium, calcium and B vitamins.
6) Benefits for blood cholesterol
Yellow watermelon is good to eat for healthier cholesterol numbers because it’s low in calories (only 50 kilocalories/100 g), low in fat and a good source of dietary fiber to reduce absorption of fat in the digestive tract.
7) Benefits for muscles
Citrulline in yellow watermelon has scientifically proven vasodilating properties and contributes to better blood flow to muscles, supporting muscle oxygenation and normal muscle function. By supporting normal muscle function during exercise and exerting anti-hypertensive benefits via its citrulline content, yellow watermelon further supports exercise performance and increases resistance to muscle fatigue.
8) Workout booster
Eating yellow watermelon before a workout hydrates the body and provides natural sugars and essential micronutrients with tonic, energizing properties. Citrulline in yellow watermelon flesh and the white part of watermelon rind boosts blood flow to muscles, supporting exercise performance and exercise endurance as well as delays muscle fatigue. Find out more about the benefits of citrulline.
9) Good to eat for nausea and vomiting
A chilled slice of yellow watermelon is sweet, juicy and refreshing, an ideal food for when you’re experiencing nausea. It’s also easy to digest because it’s over 90% water, and a source of electrolytes and other tonic micronutrients that help restore blood pressure numbers and energy levels to normal values, great for anyone experiencing vomiting.
10) Benefits for eyesight
Yellow watermelon is high in pigmented xanthophyll antioxidants such as lutein which contribute to the physical health of the eye by getting absorbed in the retina of the eye. Getting enough of these yellow antioxidants is good for eyesight, especially visual acuity, color vision and night vision.
11) Lower risks of eye disease
Lutein and zeaxanthin antioxidants in yellow watermelon, but also yellow carrots, yellow tomatoes and other yellow foods are scientifically proven to help reduce risks of age related macular degeneration and cataract.
12) Benefits for skin
Eating yellow watermelon contributes to a good level of hydration and help restore brightness to the skin. Vitamins C and A in yellow watermelon boost production of collagen in the skin for fewer wrinkles and lines and better skin elasticity. Vitamin A from carotenoid antioxidants further helps with the production of new skin cells for skin cell renewal. Topical use combats dull skin.
13) Antiaging benefits
Yellow watermelon holds antiaging benefits thanks to vitamins C and A which stimulate the production of collagen for wrinkle free skin and protect skin cells from oxidative stress and subsequent damage causing premature aging. Other pigmented and colorless antioxidants in the fruit help combat free radical damage to cells and even help repair existing cell damage.
14) Benefits for the immune system
Vitamins C and A, copper, manganese and zinc in yellow watermelon contribute to the immune system function with anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties as well as benefits for skin renewal and regeneration and wound healing. Citrulline in yellow watermelon has immunomodulating properties and supports the production of arginine which functions as a wound healing agent and is actively part of the immune system response.
15) Good for weight loss
Low in calories and fat, yellow watermelon is a good food to eat for healthy weight loss. The best way to lose weight with yellow watermelon is to substitute a meal or dessert or even an unhealthier snack with a serving of the fruit.
16) Benefits for gums and teeth
Yellow watermelon has a good vitamin C content. Vitamin C promotes healthy teeth and gums and combats gum bleeding, gum disease and associated tooth loss.
17) Benefits for diabetics
If you have diabetes, you can eat yellow watermelon safely, in reasonable amounts. Despite having a high glycemic index score of over 70, yellow watermelon has a low glycemic load score, meaning a serving has limited potential to raise blood sugar levels. At the same time, it’s enough to combat hypoglycemia in diabetics as well as provides benefits for high blood pressure in diabetes.
This post was updated on Sunday / September 13th, 2020 at 9:54 PM