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One More Reason to Love Watermelon

June 14, 2006

Great news if you love watermelon as much as I do…

Turns out watermelon has the highest Lycopene content of ANY other fruits or vegetables. And if you’re up around my age you need as much as you can get.

Not only is Lycopene the most powerful anti-oxidant among all carotenoids (anti-oxidants help fight free radical damage.) But it’s also been shown to inhibit cancer cells from growing by interfering with their growth receptors – specifically in prostate cancer cells.

That’s good news for us because a whopping 50%-60% of men age 40-60 suffer from some type of prostate concern. And that figure jumps to over 90% for men over 80!

Not to mention Prostate Cancer is the most common cancer among American men – second only to skin cancer.

So dig in -- according to a cup of diced fresh watermelon only has about 46 calories. And it’s an excellent source of vitamin A, C, potassium and fiber.

And you can find them all year long – but now through September is peak season. Just in time for summer.

Personally I can’t get enough! A little trick I like to use is to refrigerate mine for a couple hours before I’m ready to cut it open. Then I throw a few of the chilled slices into my juicer…and viola!

It’s the perfect refreshment for those hot days of summer – and you know a little splash of rum never hurt anybody either! So enjoy!

Stay Healthy!

Doc Darville

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