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Move over Viagra, Levitra, Watermelon is up to Bat!

Posted by maikeru76 on July 7, 2008

Researchers at Texas A&M University, recently, have released a new study that finds watermelons having a compound that has the same effect as prescription medicines for erectile dysfunction(ED).

Watermelons were found to have a compound called citrulline that reacts with the human body’s natural enzymes relaxing the blood vessels. This effect can be seen also with medicines prescribed for erectile dysfunction(ED) such as Levitra and Viagra. Thus, raising the possibility that this compound might provide relief not only for ED but for high blood pressure due to its other cardiovascular benefits as other researchers and doctors in America are finding out.

Just don’t gorge on that watermelon yet. As everybody knows, eating too much of this fruit makes you go to the bathroom more often due to its diuretic effect. The study also found much of the citrulline in the rind of the watermelon. The kind of watermelon also counts for the amount of citrulline one could get; the yellow-fleshed varieties have the highest amount of citrulline.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

Citrulline has a reaction with our body’s enzymes, when you intake larger quantities of it, and it is converted into arginine. Arganine is an amino acid that is beneficial to the heart, circulatory and immune systems.

“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”

As always with all early-phase studies, this is yet to be conclusive due to the fact that further studies are needed to confirm these amazing findings. What we could do for the time being to prevent or manage erectile dysfunction are preventive measures such as stress management, eating the right food, getting plenty of the right exercise and adding proven and safe supplements to our daily diet.

Someone did send me a link to a natural supplement site, I thought I would pass it on for review:

A natural way to battle Erectile Dysfuntion

Here is a vid on Watermelon and it’s ED effects:

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