Watermelon is one of the most common fruits in Nigeria.

As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories. It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds.

As common as watermelon is, so many people (especially in Lagos) hardly eats it as a fruit or fruit juice.

In a 2020 research work shared by Sade Tola (Nigerian Tribune), the writer describes Watermelon as an unusual fruit source of the lycopene and an excellent source of water. 

Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated.

However, eating foods that have  high water content can also help. Interestingly, watermelon is 92% water.

The writer also mentioned that watermelon contains unusual amounts of amino acids and citrulline. Watermelon is also an excellent source of immune-supportive vitamin C and vitamin A (9.0 mg), potassium (11.2 mg) and magnesium (10.2 mg).

Watermelon intake helps in regulating blood pressure regulation, remediate metabolic complications that come with junk foods and many more.

A plethora of evidence shows that it can be effective for weight loss because of its fewer quantities of fats.  As a result, the consumption of watermelon provides long-term health benefits such as the reduced risk of heart disease, improved blood pressure in hypertension patients and decrease low-density lipoprotein (LDL) oxidation.

Researchers have studied lycopene and other individual plant compounds in watermelon for their anti-cancer effects.

Though lycopene intake is associated with a lower risk of some types of cancer, study results are mixed. The strongest link so far seems to be between lycopene and cancers of the digestive system.

It appears to reduce cancer risk by lowering insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein involved in cell division. High IGF levels are linked to cancer.

Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide. Watermelon contains citrulline, an amino acid that may increase nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, which lowers blood pressure.

Watermelon is a surprisingly healthy fruit. It has high water content and also delivers many other important nutrients, including lycopene and vitamin C.

These nutrients mean that watermelon isn't only a tasty low-calorie treat — it's also very good for your health.

When next you see watermelon sellers, think of all its advantage.

Buy! Eat! Stay healthy.