Watermelon – A Skin Superfruit?
According to bioeffect.co.uk , filled with a water content of 92%, the hydrating watermelon is one of the most intriguing superfruits. Did you know you can eat the rind?
The watermelon is a wonderfully sweet superfood that contains a high volume of Lycopene. This is the red pigment present in watermelon flesh. Futhermore it is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant and very important for our body in many ways. Whilst it is a positive source to reduce cancer cells, lycopene is also considered to have beneficial effects for inflammation. It protects the cells from damage caused by free radicals and prevents cells from becoming damaged.
With a decent amount of lycopene and other flavonoids, this fruit rind is packed with antioxidants. Antioxidants can help to reduce the effects of free radicals and lower oxidative stress. As a result the appearance of wrinkles,, and age spots are minimised.
Vitamin C in watermelon is essential for collagen synthesis. Collagen helps to keep your skin feeling supple and strong.
Vitamin A is an important nutrient in watermelon that adds to your skin health by repairing and crating new skin cells.
These antioxidants get rid of free radicals from the body and stop all signs of skin aging.
Other amazing benefits of Watermelon for the skin:
Dehydrated skin can lead to a dull and dry appearance, but watermelon has such a high water content that it helps to keep the skin hydrated and moisturised. This can help to keep your skin supple and looking great.
Acts As A Skin Toner
Watermelon contains a natural substance that helps to shrink body tissues. This essentially means that the fruit itself is a natural toner that can help to refresh the skin.
Prevents Skin From Ageing
As we get older our skin becomes thinner and less able to recover from damage. Our body is full of ‘free radicals’ that damage cells over time and can attributed to the cause of aging skin. Watermelon is full of antioxidants such as lycopene and also vitamin C and A which helps reduce these free radicals and therefore can slow down the signs of ageing. The consumption of Vitamin A can encourage growth of collagen and elastin cells which can help your skin stay young and supple.
Prevents Oil Production In Skin
Sebaceous glands secrete oil that can be troublesome for keeping skin clear. This fruit is packed with Vitamin A, reducing skin pore size and the amount of oil that your sebaceous glands secrete also. Watermelon is believed to help with acne due to this these properties.
How to Use Watermelon Rind?
Organicfacts.net gives us some suggestions on how to incorporate the rind into our everyday diet
As mentioned, the tough and fibrous consistency of the rind makes it less than appealing as a snack. However, you can prepare the fruit in smoothies and jams, and you can also pickle the rind for later use! You can blend the rind in a healthy morning shake. You can also add it to a cider vinegar mixture, along with some other spices, to improve its eventual texture and flavor. Many people also shave the rind into salads or dice the rind into salsa for a fiber-rich and flavorful treat.
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