Watermelons may not be in season right now, but a recent report out of the state known for being bigger, Texas, could do wonders to help raise the popularity of the refreshing summer-time fruit. According to researchers from Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline. Citrulline, much like Viagra, is known for its ability to instigate the production of a compound called arginine that boosts nitric oxide, which produces a calming or relaxing effect on blood vessels. However, scientists caution that eating watermelon will not be sufficient enough treatment for those who are presently using Viagra. One of the main reasons is because very few ever eat the rind or outer portion of watermelons – the bitter area where most of the citrulline is found. If you are one of those guys who suddenly gets the craving to eat that portion of the fruit, you should know that scientists caution that you would have to eat as much as six cups of the fruit to reap the rewards.
Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, The Associated Press.