Watermelon gets raves for effects similar to Viagra

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AUSTIN, Texas --- Since Viagra was introduced 10 years ago, the male impotence-curing drug has become a multibillion-dollar industry -- and the butt of late-night jokes.

Juan Gutierrez shows a watermelon at Gutierrez Produce stand in Dallas. Watermelons contain citrulline, which can trigger production of a compound that helps relax blood vessels.  Associated Press
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Juan Gutierrez shows a watermelon at Gutierrez Produce stand in Dallas. Watermelons contain citrulline, which can trigger production of a compound that helps relax blood vessels.

But this is no joke.

Scientists at Texas A&M University say watermelon, the juicy fruit that is popular during summer picnics, has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels and might even increase libido.

"Watermelon is not just a delicious fruit. It is healthy, and it may even improve a man's sex life, just like Viagra," said Dr. Bhimu Patil, the director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station. "We always knew it was a healthy fruit, but the more we study, the more amazed we are."

Healthful ingredients in watermelon and other fruits and vegetables are called phytonutrients, which help the human body trigger healthy reactions and relax blood vessels, pretty much the way Viagra does, Dr. Patil said. Moreover, scientists know that when humans consume watermelon, the ingredients work wonders on the heart and circulation system and help maintain a good immune system.

In addition, although watermelon is 92 percent water, the remaining 8 percent is loaded with lycopene, an antioxidant that protects a person's heart, prostate and skin health, Dr. Patil said.

Best of all, a slice of watermelon is much cheaper than a Viagra pill, and there is no fear of a side effect that some drugs have on humans.

Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture's South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Lane, Okla., reported in a 2002 study that nutritionists are pleasantly surprised about what they are learning about watermelons.

"We think there are a lot of potential uses for watermelon that are just beginning to be explored," Ms. Perkins-Veazie said at the time. "It can be a so-called functional food -- one that can help prevent certain diseases."

More recently, nutrition experts at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas reached a similar conclusion. They reported watermelon also is rich in vitamins A and C, has no fat and is low in calories.

"Watermelon is a great fruit to help you hydrate and cool down in the summer heat," Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern and the spokeswoman for the American Dietetic Association, said in the June 14 report. "Also, since it is made up of mostly water, purÃed watermelon makes a refreshing drink."

Dr. Patil said scientists would like to see Americans eat more fruits and vegetables. Ideally, people should eat five fruits and vegetables a day, but on average they eat 2.4 -- which helps explain why many Americans are overweight and might eventually develop diseases such as type-2 diabetes.

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/03/08 - 04:41 am
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Hmmm, that explains alot,

Hmmm, that explains alot, doesn't it?

justputtin
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justputtin 07/03/08 - 06:38 am
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That's funny!

That's funny!

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 07:17 am
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No justmy, enlighten us, well

No justmy, enlighten us, well at least me because I don't know what it explains.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 07/03/08 - 07:24 am
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Oh boy, the price of a

Oh boy, the price of a watermelon will really go up now..........

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 07/03/08 - 07:26 am
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I have a truck load of

I have a truck load of watermelons for sale for $6 to $10. a piece. Viagra cost about $15. a pop in the pharmacy and anywhere from $20. to $30. on the street. Tyrone Mason in the Gloverville / Langley area gets $20 for Viagra and $10 to $15 for Xanax. How many watermelons would you like to purchase ?

stumpjumper
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stumpjumper 07/03/08 - 07:29 am
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oops....I forgot Tyrone Mason

oops....I forgot Tyrone Mason gets his supply from DSS free of charge. Pretty good profit, wouldn't ya say ????????

toppergem
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toppergem 07/03/08 - 08:03 am
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Oh my goodness...there will

Oh my goodness...there will be a run on watermelons this summer!  Maybe a watermelon will become as pricey as a gallon of gas...go figure.

common-sense-justice
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common-sense-justice 07/03/08 - 08:57 am
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Now if medical science can

Now if medical science can also find a link between fried chicken and high per capita birth rates.......

DesireChange
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DesireChange 07/03/08 - 09:06 am
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Common-sense-justice...Start

Common-sense-justice...Start the research in the trailor park.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 09:41 am
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DESIRE, this world will never

DESIRE, this world will never change. You will always have ingorant azz people like COMMON around. What makes it even more ignorant, he/she probably eat more chicken than anyone else.

biggdawgmoneyclip
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biggdawgmoneyclip 07/03/08 - 09:41 am
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LMAO--Just My Opinion--good

LMAO--Just My Opinion--good one.

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 09:43 am
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Why don't you and JUSTMY

Why don't you and JUSTMY explain it for those of us that do not get his post.

Reality
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Reality 07/03/08 - 09:47 am
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Have a sense of humor.....

Have a sense of humor.....

426Hemi
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426Hemi 07/03/08 - 09:49 am
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I've always had a hard-on for

I've always had a hard-on for watermelon.

twilahzone
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twilahzone 07/03/08 - 09:49 am
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Watermelon is on sale at your

Watermelon is on sale at your favorite grocery store this week. .. .

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 09:52 am
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You have one.

You have one.

Reality
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Reality 07/03/08 - 09:54 am
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Do you honestly know anyone

Do you honestly know anyone that doesn't like fried chicken or watermelon????

HYPOCRITES 08
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HYPOCRITES 08 07/03/08 - 09:57 am
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No, but I also know that to

No, but I also know that to try to make it a racist comment instead of a general statement is not funny. I could have made it out to be a southern thing, rather than the way he/she did.

twilahzone
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twilahzone 07/03/08 - 09:58 am
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As a matter of fact, I bought

As a matter of fact, I bought one yesterday. And it is soooo sweet! Ummmm...ummm! And speaking of fried chicken, I love fried chicken. . but I am tired of it for the moment.

twilahzone
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twilahzone 07/03/08 - 10:02 am
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You know, I have an idea. ..

You know, I have an idea. .. nightclubs should offer watermelon-flavored shots during the remainder of the summer. Gives a whole new meaning to liquid courage, huh?

Reality
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Reality 07/03/08 - 10:02 am
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Is Calvin in jail or is Hot

Is Calvin in jail or is Hot Foods by Calvin still open, that's the best chicken.....

Bizarro
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Bizarro 07/03/08 - 10:43 am
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Beer has estrogen in it so

Beer has estrogen in it so eat watermelon and then drink a beer guys. hee,hee,hee.

JimiBob
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JimiBob 07/03/08 - 11:42 am
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Bizarro im with u brother!

Bizarro im with u brother!

GET REAL1
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GET REAL1 07/03/08 - 12:58 pm
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I Dont care for Watermelon.

I Dont care for Watermelon. Calvin is in jail. My husband ordered some food from there about 1 month ago and the food is still good, but he is in jail.

common-sense-justice
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common-sense-justice 07/03/08 - 02:37 pm
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All I did was compare fried

All I did was compare fried chicken to birth rates and got deleted. Looks like Morris hired some new speech-police this week.

Freeman
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Freeman 07/03/08 - 02:51 pm
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Watermelon is great when

Watermelon is great when spiked with gin or vodka. I wonder how this would affect the results of its benefits.

MATTERS2ME2
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MATTERS2ME2 07/03/08 - 03:00 pm
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OMG...I can't comment right

OMG...I can't comment right now goin to get my honey some WATERMELONS.....and they are natural and GOD made um!!!

Bizarro
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Bizarro 07/03/08 - 03:15 pm
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Actually looking at the

Actually looking at the addendum of the research article I see only those watermelons picked by mexican workers produced the effect. So now they think the sweat of the illegal immigrant is what gives the watermelon their unusual powers. Some now accuse the researchers of manipulation to ease any restrictions on illegal immigrants and produce a movement of every home now having a mexican. Viva Watermelon!!!! This is perfect and all during a Presidential erection year. hee,hee,heee. I see where the myth comes from that black men love watermelon. Bro the secret is out. Pass da melon.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 07/03/08 - 04:36 pm
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DANG! Be prepared to pay

DANG! Be prepared to pay $100/watermelon for your next fmaily picnic ...

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 07/03/08 - 05:15 pm
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You know what? I wrote that

You know what? I wrote that post just before going to work, and I find that I'm painted as a racist by firemanwhatever! Do you see everything as having a racist slant to it? I personally think that makes YOU a racist! Okay, to set your racist, bigotted, ignorant mind at ease...you know what?? I don't have to explain a damn thing to you! You are going to only believe what you want to believe!

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