Stay Healthy with Watermelon Green Smoothies

Video by Dr. Anthony Vasile

Stay Healthy with Watermelon

Summers are hot in Texas. Watermelons are a great companion because they are full of water which keeps us hydrated, they smell great when they are ripe and they contain several compounds that help us stay healthy. One of these compounds is called lycopene. As always, I want to find out what health benefits there are in the foods that I eat and that I recommend to patients.  I have attached a piece of research that shows an in depth look at what lycopene does for the human body and what other health benefits watermelons have to offer. Here are a few key quotes from the research.

This quote is a quick summary of the research findings.

“Lycopene is an extensively studied antioxidant potentially present in watermelon, tomato, pink guava etc. Watermelon is one of the unique sources having readily available cis-isomeric lycopene.”

“Watermelon is a proven distinctive source of lycopene claiming new era vitamin due to health promising properties. Diversified nature of watermelon lycopene has attained core attention of researchers in terms of bioavailability and absorption. Safe and sound extraction procedure with minimal loss is desirable at industrial scale. Finally, available information from numerous cell culture and animal models have illuminated the therapeutic role of lycopene against life threatening metabolic syndromes like oxidative stress, cancer, CVD, diabetes etc.”

Remember eating well is just one part of what it takes to stay healthy and be in a state of homeostasis. It is important to exercise daily, manage stress and receive regular chiropractic adjustments.

  • 2 cups organic frozen cubed watermelon
  • 1 handful frozen organic spinach
  • ¼ cup organic roasted almonds
  • ¼ cup fresh basil
  • 2 capsules Innate Choice probiotics

Naz A, Butt MS, Sultan MT, Qayyum MM, Niaz RS. Watermelon lycopene and allied health claims. EXCLI J. 2014;13:650-660. Published 2014 Jun 3.

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