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Who Needs Viagra --
Can Watermelon Really Prevent
or Treat Erectile Dysfunction?

New reports from Texas suggest men who eat enough watermelon could be reducing problems from erectile dysfunction. Watermelons contain Citrulline, an amino acid that the body can convert into L-Arginine, another amino acid. In the process, there is a release of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a gas that causes the arteries all through the body to relax. This lowers blood pressure, which allows more blood to flow into the sex organs. And that... dear reader... is what can help your sex life.

Released July 3, 2008 by Leve1Diet.com -- Yes, it's true. New science suggests that men who eat enough watermelon could be helping their sex life -- at least moderately so.

Watermelons are just about the best commonly available and good tasting food that contains high levels of the amino acid citrilline. Citrilline is fairly common among members of the cucumber family of plants, and is also available in smaller concentrations in other seeds, tubours and vegetables. The kind of watermelon with the highest levels of citrulline is the yellow or orange inside color, not the red.

New research on watermelon shows that it contains large amounts of citrulline, which is an amino acid that breaks down into arginine. Arginine releases nitric oxide gas, which relaxes the walls of arteries around the body and lowers blood pressure.

This is the primary action of Viagra. The difference between arginine from foods and the little blue pill is that the pill concentrates the nitric oxide around sexual organ tissues, while food-borne arginine simply does the same thing throughout the body. So, if you get enough watermelon all at once, then you may experience some of the same effects as Viagra.

But, don't expect miracles. It may take up to 6 cups or more of the juicy summertime treat to produce the desired effects. Your mileage may vary...

The source of this entertaining claim appears to be reasonably credible. Dr. Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center, published his study last week. The study was paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The arginine you might get from eating huge amounts might help with angina chest pains, hypertension or high blood pressure, reduce risks for some kinds of strokes and siezures, and some other cardiovascular conditions.

However, you might also want to know that most of the citrulline in watermelon -- about 60% -- actually is located in the rind of the fruit. We don't normally eat the rind, due to its tough texture and bitter taste. So, the other 40% is what we would benefit from, and we would be required to eat about half of a medium sized melon to get any significant benefit.

Other fruits that contain at least some citrulline are cantaloupes, cucumbers and the green saplings of walnut trees. You can also get modest amounts of citrulline from eating some cows milk products containing a protein called casein -- a practice we don't recommend here at Level1diet.com. Not many of us would eat enough of those to help with our sex life.

There may be some other benefits to eating watermelon. It turns out that watermelon helps -- mildly -- reduce insulin resistance for diabetics. The problem is that they are also quite sweet. Aside from causing frequent trips to the bathroom, you may get a big "sugar rush". The sugar that we ingest from eating enough watermelon to give us all these benefits could put some diabetics into a sugar-coma.

In order to prevent blood sugar problems, researcher Patil is working on a way to grow watermelons containing lower sugar levels. But... who want watermelons that aren't sweet? Evidently medical researchers do.

So, until they produce a sugar-free watermelon, eating huge amounts of watermelon could help your sex life -- if it doesn't kill you!

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