Citrullus Vulgaris

David Livingstone, an explorer of Africa, described watermelon as abundant in the Kalahari Desert, where it is believed to have originated. There, the ancestral melon grows wild and is known as the Tsamma melon (Citrullus lanatus var citroides).

Watermelons are a desert fruit with a trailing vine that has deeply lobed, medium-sized leaves and yellow flowers.  It is believed that the Spanish friars first introduced the watermelon to this country in the mid 1600's when they gave some to the Hopi Indians of the southwest.  The Hopi's called them horse pumpkins because they thought that they smelled like the horses the Spanish rode (the first horses they had ever seen).  By the mid 1700's, watermelons had spread throughout the southwest.  The Anza expedition of 1775 recorded that the Yuma's offered them approximately 3000 watermelons some the size of a small child.

Nutritionally a cup of diced watermelon pieces contain 11 mg. calcium, 16 mg. phosphorus, 0.8 mg. iron, 2 mg, sodium, 160 mg. potassium, 940 I.U. vitamin A, 11 mg. vitamin C, 3.4 mcg folic acid, 17 mg. magnesium, and 0.111 mg. zinc.  As you can see watermelon is very rich in both vitamin A and the mineral potassium, it also contains chlorophyll especially if you ingest the rind with the meat.

Watermelon is a top kidney, bladder cleanser that can help to relieve arthritis, gout and uremic poisoning.  The watermelons diuretic action helps to eliminate excess fluids from the body.

Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the carotenoid, lycopene. Well known for being abundant in tomatoes and particularly well absorbed from cooked tomato products containing a little fat suchas olive oil, lycopene is also present in high amounts in watermelon and mangoes. Lycopene has been extensively studied for its antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.

Skin eruption are a sign of an acidic condition in the blood that comes from eating to much meat, dairy products, and refined foods like flour, rice and sugar as well as drinking a lot of coffee, colas, and soft drinks.  Watermelon juice helps to flush this acid from the system and bring an acid alkali balance to the blood.   

Watermelon seeds are a food that contain omega 3, 6 and 9.

Conditions that respond to watermelon: Aging, Arthritis, Bladder Disorders, Blood Disorders, Constipation, Fluid Retention, Kidney Disorders, Pregnancy, Prostate Disorders, Skin Disorders, Weight Loss

When I was suffering from the symptoms of prostate cancer one of the first things I did to relieve the problem was a one-week fast using watermelon only.  I found it helped to relieve the symptoms while being very energizing and cleansing.

An excellent balancing drink made from watermelon
In a blender, combine the following:
Watermelon, enough to fill 1/3 of the blender (include the seeds and rind, peal off the hard green shell of the rind with a knife)
' lemon with the pealing
2 stocks of celery
1 to 3 spoons of super food (like alfalfa, kelp, blue green algae, etc. or a combination of them).

Watermelon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia,
Watermelon Calories and Nutrition Facts, www.peertrainer.com
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Steve Meyerowitz, Dist. Book Pub. Co. 2002

Important Note:
The information presented herein by The Natural Path Botanicals is intended for educational purposes only. These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, cure, treat or prevent disease. Individual results may vary, and before using any supplements, it is always advisable to consult with your own health care provider.

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