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    LUBBOCK, Texas(AP) A slice of cool, fresh watermelon is a juicy way to top off a Fourth of July cookout and one that researchers say has effects similar to Viagra _ but don't necessarily expect it to keep the fireworks all night long.

    Watermelons contain an ingredient called citrulline that can trigger production of a compound that helps relax the body's blood vessels, similar to what happens when a man takes Viagra, said scientists in Texas, one of the nation's top producers of the seedless variety.

    Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body's enzymes when consumed in large quantities and is changed into arginine, an amino acid that benefits the heart and the circulatory and immune systems.

    "Arginine boosts nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it," said Bhimu Patil, a researcher and director of Texas A&M's Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center. "Watermelon may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it's a great way to relax blood vessels without any drug side effects."

    Todd Wehner, who studies watermelon breeding at North Carolina State University, said anyone taking Viagra shouldn't expect the same result from watermelon.

    "It sounds like it would be an effect that would be interesting but not a substitute for any medical treatment," Wehner said.

    The nitric oxide can also help with angina, high blood pressure and other cardiovascular problems, according to the study, which was paid for by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    More citrulline _ about 60 percent _ is found in watermelon rind than in the flesh, Patil said, but that can vary. But scientists may be able to find ways to boost the concentrations in the flesh, he said.
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    I knew... About the aphrodisiac affects, anyway. I didn't know about the high blood pressure part. That's cool.

    We're having watermelon for dessert today. I think I need to stock up on watermelon.
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      Better keep the watermelon away from my hubby!! LOL

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        I bought one the other day and it was not sweet at all
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          And we are just now finding all this stuff out ?? Watermelons have been around a very long time, almost sounds like someone is trying to sell more watermelons LOL

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            hahah

            i bought double the amount this week.
            I don't want buns of steel. I want buns of cinnamon !!!

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              Ahhh yes,,and I read that a person has to consume ALOT of watermelon,,more than anyone could consume, like hundreds of pounds....... I like watermelon but, not that much!
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                Originally posted by MudderBear View Post
                Ahhh yes,,and I read that a person has to consume ALOT of watermelon,,more than anyone could consume, like hundreds of pounds....... I like watermelon but, not that much!
                besides the fact that it is in the rind. ewwwwwwwwwww
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                  in the rind ?
                  I don't want buns of steel. I want buns of cinnamon !!!

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                    i've got two watermelons sitting on my table as we speak..now if i can just get rid of my ds for awhile..

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                      i'll stick with cialis,works great for me,and im not ashamed to admit it,lol

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                        Originally posted by Chocolate Moose View Post
                        in the rind ?
                        thats where the news said the chemicals are.
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                        i didnt loose it! ...........i sold it on ebay!

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                          Originally posted by TxRogue View Post
                          i'll stick with cialis,works great for me,and im not ashamed to admit it,lol
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                            I just made a watermelon smoothie and nothing came up!

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                              Originally posted by mellon View Post
                              I just made a watermelon smoothie and nothing came up!

                              LOL Mellon!!!!!!
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