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July 2, 2008

Watermelon — Nature’s VIAGRA?!

   A nice cold thirst quenching slice of watermelon has long been a 4th of July holiday staple. But according to recent studies, the juicy fruit may be better suited for Valentine’s Day!

Scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body’s blood vessels and may even increase libido

Men hoping for some fireworks in their love life this weekend may want to skip the burgers and beer at the barbecue and eat plenty of watermelon.

That’s because the succulent fruit is richer in an amino acid called citrulline, which relaxes and dilates blood vessels much like Viagra and other drugs meant to treat erectile dysfunction (ED).

Until recently scientists thought most of the citrulline was in the watermelon rind but they found out that watermelon has more citrulline in the edible part than previously believed.

The amino acid citrulline is converted into the amino acid arginine which is a precursor for nitric oxide, and the nitric oxide will help in blood vessel dilation. 

This raises the question, “How much watermelon does it take?”

Sadly, scientists don’t have the answer to this most important question as yet but they are hopeful that someone will pick up on this research and study the fruit’s effect on penile erections. 

So ladies, if your partner starts volunteering to do the grocery shopping, brings home lots of watermelon and a watermelon happens upon your night table — you know what time it is!

Paulette

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12 Comments »

  1. Dang it–my husband hates watermelon but loves cantaloupe. Will cantaloupe or honeydew work?

    Comment by Asijah — July 3, 2008 @ 12:58 am | Reply

  2. Asijah, I’m not a scientist but I don’t think it would hurt if you did some personal ‘research’ with your husband. Let me know what happens and I will share with the Let Us Talk family. If all else fails, since he loves honeydews — make him a Honey Do list.

    Comment by Paulette — July 3, 2008 @ 9:15 am | Reply

  3. Paulette and Asijah — i’d personally be very interested in the research results. Asijah, try doctoring the watermelon with whipped cream!! paulette — just to start some sh*t, does this lend credence to the myth about black men’s libido? afterall, we folks does loves arsef som watamelon!!!!

    Comment by angelic1 — July 3, 2008 @ 1:04 pm | Reply

  4. And the correlation between my parent’s watermelon plantation and my 28 brothers and sisters suddenly becomes clear…

    Comment by dougpastorek — July 3, 2008 @ 4:48 pm | Reply

  5. Doug — with all due respect to your parents, I think they were hitting the watermelons pretty hard. 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 3, 2008 @ 6:16 pm | Reply

  6. Heather — to be honest once I read about the umm watermelon factor I started wondering if men were going to umm start umm rubbing watermelon on umm their privates in hopes of extreme virility since they may think that eating the watermelon wasn’t fast enough. And since I am now a citizen of the south, I can tell you from second hand experience that southern men — black, white, mexican — are all lovers of watermelon. So maybe this is a northern/southern thing? As I drove this afternoon I noticed that instead of the usual men selling watermelons out of their trucks every 5 miles or so, there seem to be trucks every 2 miles — competition is stiff and business is booming. It’s going to be a banging weekend filled with ummm fireworks all over the south! What you got in your fridge? 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 3, 2008 @ 6:29 pm | Reply

  7. paulette, your comment had me sputtering watermelon all over my keyboard!!!

    Comment by angelic1 — July 3, 2008 @ 7:05 pm | Reply

  8. Heather, curiosity kills the cat. But that’s not stopping my curiosity. I have been wondering, what can eating watermelons do for women?

    You are always the smart one – slow, deliberate, contemplative. I see you are quick to jump on this one; already sputtering watermelon seeds — you’re on top of this research! Go gilr! 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 3, 2008 @ 7:15 pm | Reply

  9. anything for science!!! i’m hoping that maybe the guy can absorb it from me thru osmosis, maybe?

    Comment by angelic1 — July 3, 2008 @ 8:05 pm | Reply

  10. Definitely through ‘osmosis’. LMAO! 🙂

    Comment by Paulette — July 3, 2008 @ 8:08 pm | Reply

  11. Here you go, let us talk family.It seems that cantaloupe, cucumber, squash, watermelon, honey dew,and muskmelon are all related. However cantaloupe, watermelon, and walnut seeds have Viagra type effects that relax blood vessels. I love the Summer!

    Comment by Asijah — July 5, 2008 @ 11:25 am | Reply

  12. Nice info. I also LOVE the summer. 😳

    Comment by Paulette — July 5, 2008 @ 12:28 pm | Reply


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