Americans on average consume 15 lbs of watermelon in a year. Expect this to increase now that scientists discovered that watermelon contains a substance with Viagra like effects. As its name implies, the fruit is composed of 92% water, sugar and some red dye. However, it also contains lots of vitamins and lycopene, a disease fighting antioxidant. Bottom line, if you eat lots of watermelon you’ll be healthy, horny and run to the bathroom frequently.
Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.
“Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it,” said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects.”
Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon breeding at North Carolina State University, said anyone taking Viagra shouldn’t expect the same result from watermelon.