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Posted on: September 3, 2012


Watermelon is an amazing fruit to juice. It is very low in fat and calories and has an abundance of nutritional benefits. make sure to buy organic watermelons. You can e either juice it or just blend it until it liquefies.

Regular consumption of watermelon juice can increase blood concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene. Studies suggest that these potent antioxidants may have protective eff

ects against heart disease and certain cancers, such as prostate, bladder, and cervical cancer.

Lycopene and beta-carotene are compounds called carotenoids, which are highly colored pigments that help protect plants against damage from sunlight. Carotenoids are important because they have antioxidant activity and prevent free radicals from causing harm to the body, similar to other types of antioxidants such as selenium and vitamins C and E. Some carotenoids are also converted to vitamin A, which is necessary for normal immune function and development of cells.

And yes, there is a watermelon juice diet. The watermelon juice diet increased blood concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene almost five-fold and two-fold, respectively, compared with the diet without watermelon juice. However, there was no significant increase in lycopene or beta-carotene levels when the amount of watermelon juice was doubled. Consumption of tomato juice produced a similar increase in blood lycopene concentrations, but failed to increase beta-carotene levels.

Studies show watermelon juice increases lycopene and beta-carotene blood levels. Lycopene from tomatoes reduces the risk of heart attacks too and may help prevent prostate cancer. The lycopene concentration in watermelon is 40% higher than the amount found in tomatoes. Other food sources of lycopene include guava, pink grapefruit, apricots, persimmons, and papaya.

Where i live organic watermelons are in full harvest. I just bought a case from a local farmer and it is being delivered tomorrow so i will add watermelon juice to my weight loss diet. I also like to blend several organic tomatoes along with a lime or a tomatoes and a little bit of cayenne…..

These juices are extremely powerful super foods, low in calories, no fat, no cholesterol and cuts the risk of cancer and heart disease significantly. I make my juice at the time i consume them. I never make them in advance and store then in a refrigerator. My theory is they lose much of their nutritional impact.


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