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Watermelon = The New Viagra?

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Scientists say the fruit boosts a little-known side effect.


Want to get in the mood? Forget oysters. Science Daily is reporting that watermelon may have Viagra-like effects on the body. Researchers say watermelon relaxes blood vessels, much like Viagra does, and may even increase libido.

"The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body," said Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center in College Station.

Watermelon contains the nutrient citrulline. When watermelon is consumed, citrulline is converted to arginine. "Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," Patil says. "Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects." He recommends storing the uncut watermelon at room temperature before eating for maximum health benefits.

So go ahead -- add a watermelon to your Fourth of July shopping list. We guarantee you'll be seeing fireworks.

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198 comments so far | Post a comment now
Tom in Michigan July 1, 2008, 8:57 PM

Have you SEEN the price of watermelon? It’s almost more expensive that Viagra!

Elduder July 2, 2008, 12:53 AM

so how many watermelons (dosage) per day should we take for maximum output??

black dude July 2, 2008, 6:58 AM

Thats why we LOVE watermelon.

Vita David July 2, 2008, 9:05 AM


Brian July 2, 2008, 9:21 AM

Sould I look for a watermelon with blue seeds??

Anonymous July 2, 2008, 1:36 PM

You know, I was never a fan of watermelons. I find they don’t taste like anything other than water. But if watermelon can keep the crane from falling, I’m all over it.

Sandra July 2, 2008, 1:44 PM

Ha! They probably jacked up the price of watermelon because of this story :)

Anonymous July 2, 2008, 1:45 PM

hee. hee.

april July 2, 2008, 1:54 PM

Is that a watermelon in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?

Studley July 2, 2008, 1:57 PM

I eat a big bowl of chunked watermelon and do a 100mg viagra…my wife can’t stay off of me, I love it ! and her .. ShaaaaWing !

Anonymous July 2, 2008, 2:03 PM

Watermelon is my new favorite fruit!

luvla chica July 2, 2008, 2:21 PM

lol. i saw this on regus and kelly this morning. no wonder my dad luvs watermelon so much…lmao

Anonymous July 2, 2008, 2:35 PM

New Meaning, Herbie knew al along!

Herbie Hancock

Hey - Watermelon Man
Hey - Watermelon Man
Bring me one that rattles when you lug it
One that’s erd and juicy when you plug it
Do you understand - Watermelon Man
Hey - Watermelon Man
Hey - Watermelon Man
Hot and bothered need a little cooling
When I hear your call I start to drooling
Do you understand - Watermelon Man

Darsh July 2, 2008, 2:41 PM

This story was sponsored by the Water Melon farmers group.

Lynn July 2, 2008, 4:13 PM

I’m heading out to the fruit stand right now………..

NICK July 2, 2008, 4:53 PM


David Fife July 2, 2008, 5:16 PM

My doctor said that Watermelon works as a natural treatment for ED. You just have to eat 15 watermelons, 4 times a day. In abot 3 weeks you should see a difference! Amazing!

Lenny July 2, 2008, 8:10 PM

No wonder Darla liked Buckwheat more than she liked Spanky !

Why July 2, 2008, 9:26 PM

WHY do you ignorant people have to take everything and spin it with racism?

AND DON’T act like you’re giving a compliment, because all you’re doing is a perpetuating a stereotype YOU think is funny.

And Black dude…you’re so obviously NOT.

Can’t wait for your comments on studies about sauerkraut, fish and chips & meatloaf…wonder what you’ll say then, but wait to assume all white people love that would be…RACIST.

get a life, losers!

TKO July 10, 2008, 2:22 PM

hey person who took offense to the black comment.

shut your trap.

quit crying.

that guy probably didnt check back to read your stupid response, just like im not going to.

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