Watermelon will get you in the mood. Picture: Supplied
Watermelon will get you in the mood. Picture: Supplied

Aphrodisiac foods: There's a reason why watermelon is nature's Viagra

By Staff reporter Time of article published Feb 13, 2020

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Certain foods boost all areas of our lives, from improving our skin to losing weight, and some foods fulfill a slightly different purpose, which is improved sex life. 

Let us talk about the watermelon, which is said to be nature's Viagra. 

According to My Aphrodisiacs, most people do not realise that watermelon has been tested in a lab setting to help prove its relationship with sexual fulfillment. 

Watermelon will get you in the mood. Picture: Supplied

How is it aphrodisiac?

The site reports that besides its fresh, natural flavour, it is composed of phytonutrients, one of which is citrulline, which serves as a worthy substitute for viagra. 

They say that the citrulline in watermelon mimics this process by relaxing the blood vessels, and boosts nitric oxide, which is often a component to eliminating erectile dysfunction. 

They add that citrulline is an amino acid made in our bodies, but consuming it through foods like watermelon help enhance its positive effects. They also report that some researchers think the lycopene in watermelon aids in sex drive as well since it is good for the prostate. 

What is the best way to consume it?

Watermelon will get you in the mood. Picture: Supplied

The site reports that watermelon is at its most valuable when it is eaten with additional sources of vitamins, that fruit salads are a terrific way to combine it with other aphrodisiacs that have vitamins C and E, and it is important to remember that contrary to popular belief, the entire watermelon can be consumed, and that in South Africa, watermelon rinds are preserved in syrup to be an after meal treat.

Here is a recipe that you can try using watermelon. 

WATERMELON, PRAWN AND FETA SALAD (Serves 4)

WATERMELON, PRAWN AND FETA SALAD Picture: Steve Lawrence 
500ml watermelon, cut into chunks
500g cooked prawn tails
200g feta, cubed
half a red onion, in thin wedges
125ml mint leaves
salt and pepper
rocket leaves for serving

DRESSING

30ml olive oil
15ml lemon juice
1 clove garlic crushed
15ml sweet chilli sauce
10ml honey

Method

Combine the watermelon, prawns, feta, onion and mint in a bowl. 
Pour dressing over, toss gently to coat and season. 
Serve on a bed of rocket leaves.

DRESSING: Combine all ingredients and mix well.

Additional reporting by Lutho Pasiya 

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