Next time you reach for a slice of watermelon, you may be interested to know that this tasty treat may also provide a variety of health benefits, including keeping your respiratory system functioning at its best.

Watermelon Benefits

Much attention has been paid in recent years to the miracle properties in watermelon. In fact, the American Heart Association recently approved it as a food worthy of its heart healthy check mark. Nonetheless, chances are you wouldn't think of watermelon when you're looking to relieve your asthma symptoms.

Some asthmatics do find that their symptoms improve when they eat this fruit. When you make watermelon a staple of your daily diet, it can also bring a number of other health benefits that can be equally significant.

Here are some of the wonders of watermelon:

  • It can relax blood vessels.
  • It can improve sexual function.
  • It can improve heart health.
  • It can lead to a stronger immune system.
  • It can reduce the risk of serious asthma attacks.
  • It can help prevent cancer.
  • It can reduce the risk of rheumatoid arthritis.

How Watermelon Serves as an Asthma Treatment

If you wonder how this wonder food can do so many important things, it all comes down to its ingredients. A study conducted by the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M credits watermelon benefits to naturally occurring compounds called phyto-nutrients. These compounds work with the body to release antioxidants into your system and in turn stop free radicals that could cause cholesterol to oxidize and cling to your blood vessel walls thereby triggering a range of serious health issues including asthma. Phyto-nutrients also relax blood vessels and strengthen the immune system. Of course eating watermelon isn't apt to replace your asthma medications completely, but may lessen the number of asthma attacks, and/or decrease their severity, which will in turn somewhat reduce your reliance on them.

Get the Most out of Eating Watermelon

When shopping for watermelon, you should look for one that's symmetrically shaped with a healthy sheen and a yellow area underneath. Try hefting it up to be sure it feels solid and also knock on the surface and listen for a deep thump inside it. These are all signs of ripeness. An unripe watermelon will be extremely hard with white or very light green underneath, and once picked, it often will not ripen well. Uncut watermelons can be stored at room temperature but once you slice into it, it must be refrigerated.

To keep your asthma symptoms in check, consider incorporating watermelon into your daily diet in a variety of ways. For instance, eat larger pieces alone for snacks and desserts, or add smaller cubes of it into salads and fruit bowls. Remember that no matter how you slice it, watermelon is sure to be one of your most delicious asthma remedies.


National Watermelon Association

National Watermelon Promotion Board (NWPB)

Texas A&M Agricultural Communications