The Fruit That Works Like Viagra

The Fruit That Works Like Viagra

Here’s a stimulating study: researchers at Texas A&M University found  that watermelon may have similar effects as Viagra.  The scientists credit  a variety of ingredients that collectively stimulate blood vessels and may  increase libido.

Watermelon contains a variety of nutrients like beta carotene and  phytonutrients like lycopene (which research incidentally also links to a  healthy prostate) and citrulline.  Lesser-known citrulline is still being  studied to determine its health effects but researchers find that it relaxes  blood vessels in the same way Viagra does.

Says Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable  Improvement Center in College Station: “Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which  relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile  dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

When citrulline is consumed, it is converted to arginine in the body.   Arginine is an amino acid that is well known for its beneficial heart,  circulation, and immune system effects.  It is also beneficial for obesity  and type 2 diabetes.  Dr. Patil adds: “Watermelon may not be as organ  specific as Viagra but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug  side-effects.”

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