10 Best Benefits of Watermelon –  The Summer Fruits

10 Best Benefits of Watermelon – The Summer Fruits

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10 Best Benefits of Watermelon – The Summer Fruits

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The start of summer signifies the coming of numerous summer fruits and vegetables, each more tantalizing and nutritionally beneficial than the other. It is by the grace of Allah that we have been blessed with the bounties of summer and it is our duty as Muslims to relish these edibles of nature while being grateful to our maker. The Holy Prophet (SAW) himself used to enjoy watermelons and grapes, signifying its nutritional value and the spiritual blessings stored in it.

What are Watermelons?

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Watermelons have a special place among the many fruits and vegetables which have been mentioned in the Ahadith and prescribed under tibenabvi. They have deep roots, dating back to the ancient Egyptian civilizations where they were meticulously cultivated and deeply revered, as they have been found in the tombs of Pharaohs. The fruits grow on green flowering vines and the heavy fruit remains on the ground. They are perfect for quenching thirst, as they contain 91.45 grams of water per 100 grams serving. In areas where water is scarce, watermelons are often relied on for quenching thirst. Watermelons contain vitamins and essential minerals that are hard to find in other sources of food, especially in desert conditions from where they originate.

  • Reference in Hadith: (البطيخ).
  • Reference in Quran: No reference.
  • Arabic Name: (البطيخ).
  • Latin/Botanical Name: Citrullus Lanatus.
  • English Name: Watermelon.
  • Urdu Name: Tarbuz (تربوز).

Quranic References of Watermelons

There is no explicit mention of watermelon in the Holy Quran, although there are mentions of fruits as a category in which it may be indirectly referenced.

Nutritional Information

Following is the nutritional information of watermelons, as sourced from nutritionvalue:

No. Nutrients Unit Value per 100 g
  Overview Information
01 Total Calories kJ 30
  Fiber Information
02 Fiber g 0.4
  Carbohydrates Information
03 Total Carbohydrates g 7.55
04 Total Sugars g 6.2
05 Fructose g 3.36
06 Glucose g 1.58
07 Maltose g 0.06
08 Sucrose g 1.21
  Vitamins Information
09 Betaine mg 0.3
10 Choline mg 4.1
11 Folate mcg 3.0
12 Niacin mg 0.178
13 Pantothenic Acid mg 0.221
14 Riboflavin mg 0.021
15 Thiamin mg 0.033
16 Vitamin A IU 569.0
17 Vitamin B6 mg 0.045
18 Vitamin C mg 8.1
19 Vitamin E mg 0.05
  Minerals Information
20 Calcium mg 7.0
21 Copper mg 0.042
22 Fluoride mcg 1.5
23 Iron mg 0.24
24 Magnesium mg 10.0
25 Manganese mg 0.038
26 Phosphorus mg 11.0
27 Potassium mg 112.0
28 Selenium mcg 0.4
29 Sodium mg 1.0
30 Zinc mg 0.1

Benefits of Watermelons

Watermelons are prescribed under tibenabvi and bring numerous benefits, some of which are listed below:

1. Promotes Good Eyesight

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Watermelons are rich sources of vitamins, including beta-carotene, which is good for weak eyesight. It allows the body to recover from minor eyesight issues and keeps it sharp even as the body ages. Vitamin A combined with Lycopene promotes production of pigments in the retina that combats macular degeneration that leads to glaucoma, eye sight degeneration and other eye problems.

2. Rehydrates and Refreshes the Body

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At 91.45 grams of water per 100 grams, watermelons are loaded with water and rehydrate the body with water when eaten. Moreover, they are loaded with vitamins and essential minerals which restore the salts lost through sweat on hot, sweltering summer days. There are various watermelon juice benefits and  both watermelon and its juices are a tasty way to give the body a healthy dose of micronutrients with a sweet taste minus the calories.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) used to eat watermelons and fresh dates together and quoted “The heat of the one is broken by the coolness of the other, and the coolness of the one by the heat of the other” (Sunan Abi Dawud 3836, Book 28, Hadith 101).

3. Watermelon for Weight Loss – Accelerates Weight Loss


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Watermelons contribute towards weight loss with their low calorie count and lack of cholesterol and fats. Citrulline in watermelon helps the body burn excess fat deposits and the high water content hydrates the body. Many people confuse the trigger for thirst with hunger and end up consume excessive calories. Watermelons sate hunger and quench thirst at the same time, making them excellent substitutes for processed carbohydrate and saturated fat infused snacks.

4. Promotes Kidney Health

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Watermelon contains a very high water content (91.45/100 grams) and has natural laxative properties, which promotes peristalsis movement of the digestive tract. It contains zero fat and cholesterol but contains citrulline, which has been researched to boost metabolism and catabolize excessive fat reserves. It keeps the kidneys well supplied with water and micronutrients to ensure its peak performance and health.

5. Fights Cancer Cells

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Medical research studies have proven that lycopene in watermelons significantly reduces the risks of developing breast, prostate, lungs, colon and endometrial cancers. While the rind may taste bitter, it is rich in lycopene which combats cancer. Eating watermelons on a regular basis keeps the body supplied with lycopene and fuels it to actively fight cancer cells.

6. Enhances Cardiovascular Health

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Consumption of watermelons has been directly linked with good cardiovascular health. They are infused with multivitamins and minerals which promote strong cardiac tissue, preventing chances of heart attacks. Watermelons also contain arginine and citrulline amino acids which are essential for normal functioning of the cardiovascular system.

There are numerous health benefits of watermelon. The Holy Prophet (SAW) said “Benefit from watermelon and respect it, because its juice is from the Garden and its taste is from the Garden… the watermelon is [one of the fruits] of the Garden” (Mukhtasar Tadhkirah, al-Qurtubi, p. 313).

7. Keeps the Skin Glowing and Healthy

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There are various watermelon benefits for skin. Watermelons are nourishing for the skin with their rich dosage of vitamins, minerals and active compounds which accelerate healing and maintain healthy skin. It keeps the skin hydrated, moisturized and firm for a smooth complexion. The antioxidants slow down the aging process and keep the skin looking young. Watermelons can also be sliced and applied directly to the skin and be let to rest for half an hour, followed by rinsing with cool water.

It has been quoted by The Holy Prophet (SAW) “None of your women who are pregnant and eat of watermelon will fail to produce offspring who are good in countenance and good in character.”

8. Boosts The Immune System


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No need to look any further if you are looking to fulfill you daily dose of vitamins. Watermelons are loaded with vitamin C, which is vital for healthy skin and everyday metabolic processes of the body. This keeps the immune system active and ready to respond to any threat which may threaten the body.

The Holy Prophet (SAW) set example that eating watermelon before on empty stomach cleanses it and removes diseases (Faizul Qadeer: 10014).

9. Keeps Hair Follicles Strong

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A poorly balanced diet absent of nutritional value will cause the hair follicles to be deprived of all nutrients, causing them to fall out. Watermelons not only contain vitamins but also essential minerals which are part of the composition of hair itself. They are also used as trace catalysts in various chemical reactions at cellular level.

10. Stimulates Psychological Functions

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The vitamin B6 in watermelons stimulates the brain to produce neurotransmitters for heightened brain functionality. They also stabilize mood swings caused by chemical imbalance in the brain and boost mental capacity.

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Mirza Mussawer Mirza Mussawer is a software engineer and blogging enthusiast with special interest in Tib-e-Nabvi. Islam has an embellished history in medical sciences with its core belief in healing of both spirit and body. By following Tib-e-Nabvi, one can follow the ways of The Holy Prophet (SAW) and achieve complete healing and restoration without any side effects.