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Skip Your Viagra: Watermelon May Do The Trick

July 01, 2008 02:46 PM
by Rachel Balik
Scientists find that a phytonutrient in watermelon relaxes blood vessels, just like Viagra does.

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This Fourth of July, some men may win their independence from medication: scientists have found nutrients in watermelon that result in increased blood flow, which is one of the main functions of Viagra. “We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study,” Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College said.

When watermelon is consumed, the phytonutrient citrulline is converted into arginine, an amino acid that increases nitric oxide levels, which dilates blood vessels, “the same basic effect as Viagra.” Dr. Patil says that watermelon, unlike Viagra, does not focus specifically on one organ but “it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects.”

Viagra has relatively few side effects, but few benefits other than treating E.D. Not only is nitric oxide a remedy for erectile dysfunction, it also helps to treat angina, heart disease and high blood pressure.

Headline Link: ‘Watermelon May Have Viagra-effect’

Related Topic: Superfoods

Reference Links: The Nutrients in Watermelon and the Effects of Viagra

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