Research conducted at Texas A&M University's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center suggests that watermelon could be a new natural alternative to prescription drugs like Viagra. In particular they point to a substance contained within the rind of the fruit that may provide possible sexual enhancement benefits to men. Before you run out and stock up on a supply from your local grocer, let's take a closer look at what the findings really mean.
The naturally occurring substance researchers are talking about is called citrulline. It is found mostly in the rind of watermelon and is known to react with the body's enzymes to create arginine. Arginine is an amino acid and precursor for nitric oxide, a gas molecule that relaxes and dilates blood vessels and helps to ease blood flow. This effect is important for treating erectile dysfunction problems and improving sexual performance.
Although this may sound like great news for men, it should be noted that the majority of citrulline is located in the exterior rind (the green and yellow parts). Unfortunately most people don't eat this part of the watermelon but instead prefer the sweet interior flesh (the red part).
It should also be mentioned that approximately six or seven slices need to be consumed in order to get enough citrulline to boost the body's arginine levels and produce the desired effect. If you eat that much watermelon you'll probably spend more time in the bathroom than in the bedroom!
While watermelon may not be the most practical of male sexual solutions, the importance of naturally occurring nutrients should not be understated. In fact, many herbal male enhancement formulas contain ingredients that similarly promote sexual health. For instance, all-natural ingredients in ProSolution Pills such as Taj, Safflower, Apigenin, Amla and Arjuna all work to increase blood flow and improve blood vessel health. The combination of these ingredients helps to keep the penis healthy and functioning properly.
Ultimately watermelon is not the cure-all for a weakened male libido. I doubt that products designed specifically to deal with that problem will have much to fear. It is however an excellent source of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. It's also a healthy snack especially for those hot summer days!
Posted by PRS
Monday, July 7th, 2008
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