Sexual Benefits of Watermelon for Men and Women
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People have been using plants or plant-based products for a variety of ailments since ancient times. Some of these organic ingredients are known for their capacity to increase sexual desire, performance, and enjoyment, giving reference to the term “aphrodisiacs.”
Watermelon was one of these plants that different civilizations have used and continue to use as a natural cure for a variety of health conditions.
What are the main components of watermelon that have an impact on men’s and women’s sexual health?
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), is a fruit that spreads mostly through seeds and grows best in warm climates. It is a tropical plant that requires a lot of sunlight and a high temperature to thrive. It contains around 93% water, hence its designation as “water” melon.
The major constituents found in this plant are citrulline, arginine, lycopene and ß-carotene. Several studies have found that such compounds can improve sexual function in a wide range of people. Therefore, the aphrodisiac capacity of watermelons could be attributed to them.
Lycopene: Lycopene is found in processed tomato products, watermelon, pink grapefruits, papaya, and apricot. Its main biologic activity is thought to be its antioxidant properties.
Citrulline: Watermelon is believed to possess sexual boosting qualities due to its high citrulline concentration (which is largely found in the rind, not the flesh). The compound has been shown to play an important function in penile erection.
What are the sexual benefits of watermelon for men?
Masturbation and the orgasm following it were both demonstrated to have soporific effects. Dr. Alfred Charles Kinsey, a popular American professor and sexologist, studied this relationship between sleep and sexual activity and claimed that relaxation, quiescence of the body, sleepiness and sleep are considered after-effects of orgasm.
Masturbation is shown to improve sleep onset, individuals judge their sleep latency after sexual activity as shorter relative to nights without masturbation, in other words, after masturbation individuals tend to fall asleep faster and easier.
Does orgasm and gender have an influence on masturbation’s effect on sleep?
Numerous studies were conducted on male animals to demonstrate the effects of watermelon on male sexual performance as well as sexual dysfunctions. Experts concluded that, in fact, this fruit does act as an aphrodisiac and that it has many positive impacts on sexual health issues, such as:
- Erectile dysfunction (ED): watermelon has high levels of the amino acids arginine and citrulline, which are required for the production of the powerful vasodilators that regulate the mechanisms underpinning penile erection. Research indicated that the watermelon plant extract caused a significant increase in potency or sustained erection through various means: Its antioxidant components have long been touted to improve erectile function due to the amelioration of oxidative stress, which is one of the causes of ED. It was also shown to enhance erection confidence, erection firmness, and intercourse satisfaction significantly.
- Aging-related erectile dysfunction (ARED): It’s a condition characterized by difficulty in getting or maintaining an erection due to the aging of the genital organs. It is a common problem among elderly males. Scientists investigated the effect of citrulline, an important component of watermelon, on this ailment in rat models. This study found that this substance corrected the morphologic changes in the penile area that occur with aging, and so increased erectile function that was comparable to that seen in younger rats.
- Prostate cancer: The bioactive agents present in watermelon such as citrulline and lycopene have been used in the management of prostate cancer.
- Libido/sex drive: This fruit was proven to have a sexual stimulant activity.
- Stamina: Watermelon consumption results in a prolonged duration of coitus and an increased rate of recovery from exhaustion after the first series of mating.
- Mounting frequency and capacity: according to research, oral administration of watermelon flesh extract caused a significant increase in mounting frequency, intromission frequency and ejaculatory latency.
In addition, the mean number of intercourses per month of individuals who used watermelon increased significantly compared with the baseline.
- Male infertility: Oxidative stress has been suggested as an important contributory factor in male infertility. Therefore, antioxidants found in watermelon, such as lycopene, could potentially have a great impact on the management of couples with infertility.
- Blood circulation in the penile area: Citrulline was shown to improve blood drive to the genital regions and to play a significant role in the relaxation of blood which is a major element in high sexual performance.
Based on the aphrodisiac properties of watermelon demonstrated in animal models in many research, this plant may be effective for the treatment of various sexual health problems.
What are the sexual benefits of watermelon for women?
Women going through menopause frequently experience various changes and signs that are referred to as perimenopause symptoms, which include hot flashes and irritability, among other issues. These signs are the results of fluctuations in estrogen levels and irregular menstrual cycles. Perimenopause has an impact on these women’s sexual health. They often suffer from dyspareunia, diminished desire, reduced arousal capacity and difficulty in achieving orgasm during sexual activities due to the imbalance in hormonal levels. One research studied the impact of a treatment based on natural ingredients including citrulline, which is abundantly present in watermelon, and concluded that this substance, among others, had a positive effect on women’s sexual lives:
- Aids in achieving orgasm: Following sexual arousal, Citrulline results in the increase of blood circulation towards the female genital areas which is essential for achieving orgasm.
- Helps with climatic symptoms: The alleviation of perimenopausal climatic symptoms, particularly hot flashes, which are reported to be some of the most unpleasant symptoms for women going through this phase of menopause.
Does watermelon have any other general health benefits?
Watermelon has various positive effects on general health in addition to its advantages for sexual health. These benefits include:
- Antiulcer activity: watermelon was shown to decrease the gastric volume and its acidity which are responsible for gastric ulcers.
- Anti-inflammatory activity: its components have a good anti-inflammatory effect.
- Antimicrobial activity: research found that this plant can act as an antimicrobial agent against various types of bacteria and fungi.
- Antioxidant activity: it contains elements with high antioxidant activity which helps to prevent cancers and numerous cardiovascular diseases.
- Hepatoprotective activity: Studies of liver tissue revealed the hepatoprotective activity of watermelon seed oil.
- Lowers blood pressure: It has been shown that watermelon can lower blood pressure, which can aid with cardiovascular issues.
- Improves insulin sensitivity.
- Reduces muscle soreness.
- Improves the lipid profile in the body.
- Weight loss: A minor, but significant drop of BMI (body mass index) has been observed in a study.
- Decreases uterine contractions: It was demonstrated that extracts of watermelon flesh and rind produced a significant decrease in uterine contraction in an experiment conducted on female rats. These findings suggest that watermelon can have strong tocolytic properties.
It’s interesting to note that some of these general health advantages can indirectly improve one’s sexual life.
Can the consumption of watermelon be toxic or dangerous?
In numerous research to determine the health advantages of watermelons, no side effects from its administration as an oral supplement have been noted. It was additionally determined that there were no signs of toxicity in it.
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