What’s your favorite summertime fruit?
I’m betting loads of ladies love watermelon and the majority of men are still thinking of an answer. Despite appearances, I’m not biased. Just making an educated guess based on the male responses I received to this question over the last week.
Most guys took a few minutes to figure out their favorite summertime fruit. They pondered over the assets of diverse fruits, and even after reminding them it was a fruit -not a woman- they were choosing, most had a hard time narrowing it down to just one. When men finally did answer, they went exotic and said things like, passion fruit, mango, kiwi (is that even available in summer?).
Mimicking life, ladies were more direct and much quicker to commit. Every female answered the same way and they didn’t take long to think about it: Watermelon was the clear, and only, winner among women.
As history has repeatedly exemplified, the ladies just might know something men don’t. To quote a female respondent, “watermelon is refreshing, sweet, and low in calories,” but most of us already know that. And yes, there are tons of stereotypes about Black people and watermelon which most of us don’t believe. But did you know that watermelon can make a man’s erection harder, firmer, bigger? Maybe some stereotypes are actually true.
Watermelon has citrulline which, like Viagra, helps the blood vessels relax and opens up the flood gates to some firm fun. Although we’ve long known that the fleshy part of watermelon has some citrulline, most of this phytonutrient was believed to be in the rind, the inedible part of the fruit. But researchers at Texas A & M recently reported some good news. “Watermelon has more citrulline in the edible part than previously believed,” said Bhimu Patil, PHD, director of Texas A & M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. “This is a precursor for nitric oxide, and the nitric oxide will help in blood vessel dilation.” According to Patil, the effects are similar to Viagra, but not as “organ-specific.”
Watermelon is not the only fruit that may improve sexual function in men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction (ED). A study published in the International Journal of Impotence Research found that pomegranates also open the gateways to getting busy. Conducted by researchers at the University of Southern California, the study reported that 47% of subjects experienced improved erections when drinking 8 ounces of pomegranate juice daily. Other studies have shown that pomegranate juice enhances blood flow and decreases the growth of plaque in the arteries. Erections result from blood gushing to the goal, so it makes perfect sense that something which improves blood circulation and opens the arteries would also assist with improved erections.
But does it really work? As a published researcher, I know that proving a theory doesn’t always lead to real-life solutions. As much as I wanted to experience the truth, my lack of penis made me ill-equipped. So I went to the population most passionate about penile function: Laymen living with a limp limb. Up to 30 million men are experiencing this issue and they aren’t hard to find.
Arthur, a contributor at Erectile Dysfunction Guide (Edguider.com), took the watermelon-pomegranate test and discussed his results. Rather than try the fruits separately, Arthur tried to optimize the effects by eating watermelon and pomegranate simultaneously.
Following a recipe posted on Youtube (obviously by someone with the same problem), Arthur combined the seeds of one pomegranate with one-quarter of a cut-up watermelon. Always adventurous, Arthur initially prepared the combo as a plate of food and later tried it as a blended drink mixed with 40% water. He compared the effects of each over two weeks and lived to tell about it.
Arthur ate the plate of fruit on a Tuesday and said, “that same night it almost did feel like I took a Viagra but not as strong, it did take a little more effort to hold an erection but it came on strong, fast, and long.” He disclosed his normal erections are only about 50% but after eating the coital combo, his erection was about 90% strong.
When Arthur tested the shake, he drank an 800 ml glass at around 5pm but didn’t have sex that night. He had some shake leftover which he drank it the following morning. By afternoon, Arthur was having spontaneous erections that reached almost 100%. He concluded, “Don’t be fooled. Its not as effective as Viagra but can help guys with mild ED. I am going to make the shake every weekend and will make enough to last three days.”
Even if it doesn’t change your love life, watermelon also contains lycopene which fights prostate cancer, another male problem that plagues urinals around the world. Nothing like an enlarged prostate to impede the exit of pee. Studies have found that lycopene concentrations watermelon flesh are super-high, maybe even higher than tomatoes.
This makes me wonder what would happen if a man made a shake with pomegranate, watermelon, and tomato. I couldn’t find any research on the combo, but I’m betting there’s a Black man out there who has tried it.