Nutrients In Juicy Detail
Wow. Watermelon is part of a healthy diet. Let us show you why. Turns out vitamin A (8% DV), vitamin B6 (6% DV), vitamin C (25% DV), potassium (6% DV), magnesium (6% DV), thiamin (8% DV) and phosphorus (2% DV) found in watermelon support whole-body wellness. Wow. Check-out what the National Institute’s of Health, U.S. National Library of Medicine has to say about these nutrients.
If this doesn’t inspire you to slice or dice-up some watermelon, we don’t know what will!
Vitamin A (8% DV) helps form and maintain healthy teeth, skeletal and soft tissue, mucus membranes, and skin. It is also known as retinol because it produces the pigments in the retina of the eye.
Vitamin A (8% DV) promotes good eyesight, especially in low light. It also has a role in healthy pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Vitamin B6 (6% DV) helps the body to:
- Make antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases.
- Maintain normal nerve function.
- Make hemoglobin. Hemoglobin carries oxygen in the red blood cells to the tissues. A vitamin B6 deficiency can cause a form of anemia.
- Break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
- Keep blood sugar (glucose) in normal ranges.
Watermelon is an excellent source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C (25% DV) is needed for the growth and repair of tissues in all parts of your body. It is used to:
- Form an important protein used to make skin, tendons, ligaments, and blood vessels.
- Heal wounds and form scar tissue.
- Repair and maintain cartilage, bones, and teeth.
- Aid in the absorption of iron.
- Support a healthy immunity and immune system.
Vitamin C (25% DV) is one of many antioxidants. Antioxidants are nutrients that block some of the damage caused by free radicals.
- Free radicals are made when your body breaks down food or when you are exposed to tobacco smoke or radiation.
- The buildup of free radicals over time is largely responsible for the aging process.
- Free radicals may play a role in cancer, heart disease, and conditions like arthritis.
Potassium (6% DV) is a very important mineral for the human body. Your body needs potassium to:
- Build proteins
- Break down and use carbohydrates
- Build muscle
- Maintain normal body growth
- Control the electrical activity of the heart
- Control the acid-base balance
Magnesium (6% DV) is needed for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body. It helps to maintain normal nerve and muscle function, supports a healthy immune system, keeps the heartbeat steady, and helps bones remain strong. It also helps adjust blood glucose levels. It aids in the production of energy and protein.
Thiamin (vitamin B1) (8% DV) helps the body’s cells change carbohydrates into energy. The main role of carbohydrates is to provide energy for the body, especially the brain and nervous system. Thiamin also plays a role in muscle contraction and conduction of nerve signals.
The main function of phosphorus (2% DV) is in the formation of bones and teeth. It plays an important role in how the body uses carbohydrates and fats. It is also needed for the body to make protein for the growth, maintenance, and repair of cells and tissues. Phosphorus also helps the body make ATP, a molecule the body uses to store energy.
Phosphorus works with the B vitamins. It also helps with the following:
- Kidney function
- Muscle contractions
- Normal heartbeat
- Nerve signaling
Go vitamins and minerals!
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