I have spent many hours chopping up watermelon to freeze for the winter months. It is work that is well worth the effort! It is already getting cold out and I know the challenges ahead. I cannot begin to express the grateful heart I have as I ache from hours and hours of hard work! Since childhood I literally DESPISED watermelon, and a few other of my now main staples. I had to develop a taste for many of the healing superfoods that I now eat daily, with frequency.
I eat every couple of hours, no animal products, no processed foods that contain additives of any kind, and no pesticides. My flavor comes from fruits, herbs,veggies, and minerals. Melons were one of the primary foods of the regenerative detoxification process I began nearly two months ago. My back throbs I acquire as much watermelon as possible. I dance through the pain along to the lyrical genius of Sia, “I’ll do it till the sun goes down….I’m Unstoppable”!
So I made myself learn to like watermelon and now I honestly love the sweet juice. I learned some amazing information along the way. I am mystified by the medicinal benefits of the fruit/vegetable, and would love to share what I am learning about using Food AS Medicine. The ancient roots of the sweet benefits of watermelon, have been a source of great study.
“The Iroquois cultivated cucumbers, cantaloupes, and watermelons in woods that had been cleared by fire for that purpose. Before winter they gathered the vines of those melons which had not yet ripened, leaving the roots undisturbed. These melons were stored in baskets of sand and kept in lodges during the winter. As they ripened, they were given to the sickest members of the tribe.”
“Watermelons originated in tropical Africa, introduced to America new varieties by
European colonists. scientist M.R. Gilmore concluded many varieties were already
native to North America. Hopi traded “old type” melons which kept till Feb. for newer better flavor varieties but spoiled earlier in the season. A.F. Whiting.” Earth Medicine Earth Food, Michael A. Weiner
“….the true ancestor of the modern watermelon is indigenous to northeastern Africa: citrullus lanatus var. colocynthoides, known as gurum in Sudan and gurma in Egypt.”
I am addressing the many medical issues that I have faced as a metabolic issue. The damage from pharmaceutical medications (antibiotics, psychiatric, anxiety, and opiate pain, etc), only complicated matters. With such wide-spread damage I have been working to recover each cell of my body, so this gave me a starting point.
Combatting Metabolic Syndrome: A promising preclinical study published in the Journal of Nutrition in 2007 found that watermelon pomace, a rich source of L-citrulline, significantly improved metabolic syndrome in diabetic, overweight rats. This study is of particular interest because it lends support to relatively new research showing that fruit consumption is not harmful for type 2 diabetics. The new study results were described as follows: ” These results provide the first evidence to our knowledge for a beneficial effect of watermelon pomace juice as a functional food for increasing arginine availability, reducing serum concentrations of cardiovascular risk factors, improving glycemic control, and ameliorating vascular dysfunction in obese animals with type-II diabetes.”
I have noticed many wonderful benefits after introducing watermelon to a regular part of my diet. Though this process is painfully exhausting, I am experiencing many improvements with digestive issues, pain reduction, energy increase, less thirst, etc.
- Watermelon contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes; one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato
- L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, seems to protect against muscle pain
- Watermelon rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh; citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, which is important for heart and immune system health
- New research showed citrulline and arginine supplements derived from watermelon extract lead to significant improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress in obese study participants
- Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, or tripterpenoid, which blocks the activity of the pain and inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase — the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs
Having spent many years in debilitating chronic pain, I once feared that I had become dependent on pain medication permanently. Opiate pain medications only increased the suffering, as the momentary relief came with a host of sickening side effects. My body had sustained immense damage after decades of pharmaceutical treatments. I had tried nearly everything, and it was time to make a change. I began studying the science of food, and the world of natural treatments opened up my eyes to a whole new world of pain relief!
I still have many discoveries to make about the benefits of WonderMelon for Skin, Hair, Utility…….
The possibilities seem ENDLESS!
I hope that I have been able to give you a glimpse into the healing power of Mother Nature….Healing Vibes!!!!