In a recent Italian study, 24 middle-aged men who suffered from “mild” erection problems took a citrulline supplement for a month. After the month trial, 50% of the men said their difficulties cleared up and they had sex more often.
There are a number of foods which contain large amounts of citrulline such as almonds, chickpeas, and cucumbers, dark chocolate (Cacao), salmon and walnuts, however none come as close to providing the amount of citrulline contained in fresh watermelon.
Some researchers have gone as far to say that watermelon has a Viagra-like effect when it comes to preventing erectile dysfunction (ED).
Watermelon Boosts L-Arginine Levels
Researchers in Oklahoma found that consuming a couple of glasses of watermelon juice a day raised L-arginine levels significantly.
L-Arginine is a precursor to nitric oxide and known as a blood vessel relaxer which can improve blood circulation within the body to all viral parts.
Based on hundreds of studies, L-arginine (an essential amino acid and one of the building blocks of proteins) has become known as a safe and effective prosexual nutrient for both men and woman.
L-arginine, a precursor of nitric acid has shown to improve blood circulation necessary for healthy sexual function of both men and woman.
Citrulline and arginine are also both important in vasodilation (the widening of blood vessel) which results in relaxation of smooth muscle cells within vessel walls.
This results in improved blood flow to the genital area by dilating blood vessels and helping the penis to enlarge to full capacity – allowing increased size, hardness and erection frequency.
It has also been reported that L-arginine can improve fertility in men, improve endurance and provide stronger more intense orgasms.
Watermelons are healthy for the prostate
In addition to the blood flow increasing abilities of citrulline-arginine amino acids found in watermelon, it is also rich in antioxidants from the lycopene (found in the natural red pigment), excellent source of vitamin A (beta-carotene) and vitamin C.
Watermelon also contains vitamin B1 (thiamin), B6 (pyridoxine), and the all-important potassium and magnesium which are necessary for a healthy prostate.
Where to Buy Watermelons
Fortunately, watermelons are available year round in most large cities and if fresh watermelon is not available, watermelon juice can also be purchased.
How to Eat Watermelons
Fresh watermelon can be eaten in a number of different ways. It can simply be sliced in half and the contents scooped out or carefully sliced and cubed.
Watermelon can also make a refreshing drink but adding the sliced pieces (without the peel) into the blender and then straining before serving. It makes a super healthy drink and doesn’t need any added sugar or salt.