So I saw a press release a while back that was claiming that watermelons have a Viagra-like effect.
I’m not sure why I can’t stop thinking about this particular press release, seeing as I read many each day. Maybe it’s the fact that the mad spamers keep emailing me about increasing my penis size and libido, and I’ve found this nutritious, healthy, and cheap way to outsmart them (not that I have a penis) . Or maybe it’s because I love watermelon. Or who knows, maybe I’m just some kind of pervert.
But the fact remains that this particular press release piqued my interest. In fact, I’ve really not looked at watermelons the same since, and, yes, I find myself buying more watermelon than ever before.
It turns out that watermelon contains the phyto-nutrient citrulline, which when consumed is converted to arginine through certain enzymes. Arginine boots nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels -- the same basic effect that Viagra has.
"Watermelon may not be as organ specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side-effects,” states Dr. Bhimu Patil, of Texas A&M University.
It also turns out that this citrulline is mostly found in the rind of the watermelon (like they say, the rind is a terrible thing to waste), and that you’d need to eat about 6 cups of watermelon to get any comparable Viagra-like effects, but still, who doesn’t like watermelon? And what can it hurt?
Dr. Patil goes on to say that, “While there are many psychological and physiological problems that can cause impotence, extra nitric oxide could help those who need increased blood flow.”
Well, when you think about it, watermelon may just help in the “psychological” realm of impotence as well. Watermelons are somewhat erotic; their shape and color somewhat suggestive. Men typically admire women’s’ melons.
And the interior of a watermelon can be reminiscent of other parts of a woman’s anatomy
It’s obvious that this guy has discovered the joys of watermelon.
Doesn’t he look happy? Look at him fondling that one particular watermelon.
And this cow from Costa Rica definitely has a sheepish grin.
I suggest that we all eat
more watermelon. They're inexpensive, delicious, and just might lead to sex, or who knows, maybe even marriage...