Blog | Thursday, July 3, 2008

Watermelon can have Viagra-like effects


Something to chew over while you're celebrating Independence Day at a cookout or picnic--watermelon can have Viagra-like effects. Watermelons contain citrulline. Large amounts of it react with enzymes and become arginine, an amino acid that boosts nitric oxide, similar to Viagra.

Caveats:
  • You need six cups' worth of watermelon to create an effect, which may make you go to the bathroom more. (The AP explains that watermelon was used as a diuretic and for dialysis treatment for kidney patients.) And, that much watermelon could push enough sugar into the blood to cause cramping.

  • The citrulline is more in the rind than the flesh--yuck. Stick with yellow-fleshed watermelons.

  • The scientists who announced this are at the Texas A&M Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. Texas is a major watermelon producer.