Watermelon

Watermelons are a great summer fruit.  The red juicy center of the watermelon is chalked full of vitamins and minerals.  It contains high levels of vitamins C as well as Vitamin A, B1, B6 and magnesium.  And, don’t forget about the seeds which contain iron and zinc.   The lycopene found in the refreshing red part of the melon is great for cardiovascular health.  Watermelon is also an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory properties.  This fruit is electrolyte rich which is good for keeping hydrated.   And, the water and fiber can help with constipation.

In the United States, watermelons are primarily grown in Florida, California, Texas, Georgia and Indiana.  Help strengthen your immunity and have some watermelon.

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Carotene

Carotenes or carotenoids have also been called provitamin A because it’s the plant based version that we convert in our bodies to vitamin A.  They are found in foods that are typically yellow, orange, or red.

Function

  • supports adrenals and thymus gland
  • strengthens epithelial tissue
  • enhances immune system
  • antioxidant
  • anti-cancer
  • helps heart disease

Lycopene, lutein, and astaxanthin are also carotenes.