Livingstone, an explorer of Africa, described
watermelon as abundant in the
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
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
Watermelon seeds are a food that contain omega 3, 6 and
Conditions that respond to watermelon:
Aging, Arthritis, Bladder Disorders, Blood Disorders,
Constipation, Fluid Retention, Kidney Disorders,
Pregnancy, Prostate Disorders, Skin Disorders, Weight
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.
excellent balancing drink made from watermelon
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
Calories and Nutrition
The Juicing Book by Stephen Blauer, Avery Publishing Group Inc., NY, 1989
Juice Fasting and Detoxification, Steve Meyerowitz, Dist. Book Pub. Co. 2002