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|The Many Health Benefits of Watermelon|
|Written by Jeff Behar|
Watermelon is not only a great summer time treat, but a great source of many health benefits. It's being touted as so healthful it should be stored in your medicine chest.
The Antioxidant Effect
Antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.
Free radicals are substances in the body that can cause a great deal of damage.
Free radicals can add to the severity of osteoarthritis attacks by causing airways to clamp down and close.
Free radicals can increase the inflammation that occurs in osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis and cause most of the joint damage that occurs in these conditions, and they can damage cells lining the colon, turning them into cancer cells.
Fortunately, antioxidants such as vitamin C and beta-carotene are very good at getting rid of these harmful molecules and can therefore prevent the damage they would otherwise cause.
of vitamin C and beta-carotene have been shown in a number of scientific
studies to reduce the risk of heart disease , reduce the airway spasm that
occurs in osteoarthritis, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and alleviate some
of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
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