Watermelon: Nature's Viagra

Cool fruit just got hotter

By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 3, 2008 5:12 AM CDT

(Newser) – New studies of the humble watermelon show it may pack a Viagra-like effect on men's blood vessels and increase libido. Watermelons are a primary source of the nutrient citrulline, which helps relax blood vessels, increasing blood flow in the body in much the same way Viagra does and with similar results, reports Science Daily.

“The more we study watermelons, the more we realize how amazing a fruit it is, providing natural enhancers to the human body,” said one of the researchers. “We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you, but the list of its important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.”

Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
Shoppers buy watermelons at Costco in Mountain View, Calif. New research says watermelons can have a similar effect to Viagra.   (AP Photo/Paul Sakuma)
A slice of watermelon at the Dallas Farmers Market. Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger an effect similar to Viagra.   (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
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