Melon and watermelon are the two most typical, juicy and succulent fruits that can be found in summer. Unexpectedly, however, the classic watermelon seems to have just been promoted to super food. For once we don’t have to go looking for some kind of food in a distant country, and maybe even pay exorbitant amounts for it. Packed with benefits, watermelon can also help us fight cancer. Here because. Watermelon rich in antioxidants
This is the news of the day: watermelon helps you feel good, eliminates water retention, improves kidney function and reduces cellulite. But why should it fight cancer
In reality, no one explains this exactly. The reason is very simple: the only relationship between reduced cancer risk and watermelon consumption is its richness in antioxidants. In particular, it would contain a rather high amount of lycopene. Not only tomatoes, watermelon also contains lycopene
When we talk about lycopene we immediately think of the classic tomato puree, a food of which it is very rich thanks to prolonged cooking. However, it is important to know that watermelon also appears to be a natural source of lycopene. The quantity contained in a watermelon is however extremely variable and is modified according to the different growing conditions. Overall, it can be said that it varies from 2.30 to 7.20 mg per 100 g of edible product. To make a comparison we can say that a tomato contains from 3 to 4 mg. The most important difference is that the one contained in the tomato is made more available with cooking while that of the watermelon is highly assimilable even in its natural form.
Anti- cancer watermelon The properties of lycopene
Lycopene is an antioxidant known for its great health benefits. among these we remember its action against dyslipidemias, diabetes, neurodegenerative diseases, osteoporosis and oncogenesis. Today, in fact, we know that there are numerous metabolic syndromes that arise due to the high formation of free radicals which – once they react with particular macromolecules – oxidize proteins, lipids and DNA. Lycopene seems to reverse this process thanks to its antioxidant virtues. Although, it is important to point out, that “Free radicals are produced in the body during the oxidation reduction reaction, however excessive production worsens the body’s defense mechanism, cell membrane and organelles”,Watermelon and cancer
An important review study wanted to thoroughly investigate the beneficial virtues of watermelon and among the various conclusions they arrived at, there is precisely the direct association between the presence of lycopene and the reduction of the risk of tumors. “Being an active food component – explain the researchers of the Punjab Medical College in Faisalabad in Pakistan – lycopene interferes in various stages of cancer development, that is to say that the DNA mutation and tumor metastasis have a direct impact on the gene and inhibit the mutation (Nahum et al., 2001). ” Lycopene also appears to be associated with decreased insulin growth and thus reduced risk of cancer. But not only: “it is involved in the regression of cancer by interrupting the growth cycle of cancer cells, apoptosis, hormone regulation and carcinoma metabolism. Numerous case studies have indicated the chemopreventive role of lycopene against tumors of the aerodigestive tract (oral cavity, pharynx, larynx and esophagus). ” Not surprisingly, a 2009 study conducted by the Nacional de Cancer registry of Montevideo in Uruguay showed how the combined effect of lycopene, vitamin C, flavonoids and phytosterols played a key role in the regression of aerodigestive tract carcinoma.
In short, the watermelon is not only an excellent companion for grilling and hot summer days under the umbrella, but it is also an excellent remedy to fight cancer, inflammation and degenerative diseases. Too bad it’s not available all year round.
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