Watermelon yields Viagra-like effects

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  1. optimusprime42

    optimusprime42 Autobot Leader

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    ok instead of buying viagra just go buy watermelon

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20080703/ap_on_he_me/watermelon_viagra_effect

    LUBBOCK, Texas - 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 going 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.

    Citrulline is found in all colors of watermelon and is highest in the yellow-fleshed types, said Penelope Perkins-Veazie, a USDA researcher in Lane, Okla.

    She said Patil's research is valid, but with a caveat: One would need to eat about six cups of watermelon to get enough citrulline to boost the body's arginine level.

    "The problem you have when you eat a lot of watermelon is you tend to run to the bathroom more," Perkins-Veazie said.

    Watermelon is a diuretic and was a homeopathic treatment for kidney patients before dialysis became widespread.

    Another issue is the amount of sugar that much watermelon would spill into the bloodstream — a jolt that could cause cramping, Perkins-Veazie said.

    Patil said he would like to do future studies on how to reduce the sugar content in watermelon.

    The relationship between citrulline and arginine might also prove helpful to those who are obese or suffer from type-2 diabetes. The beneficial effects — among them the ability to relax blood vessels, much like Viagra does — are beginning to be revealed in research.

    Citrulline is present in other curcubits, like cucumbers and cantaloupe, at very low levels, and in the milk protein casein. The highest concentrations of citrulline are found in walnut seedlings, Perkins-Veazie said.

    "But they're bitter and most people don't want to eat them," she said.
     
  2. Insane Galvatron

    Insane Galvatron is not insane. Really!

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    Sounds like propaganda by the watermelon industry to boost sales.
     
  3. Soundblaster1

    Soundblaster1 The Heisenberg of Toys

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    A watermelon. $5 and a stomach ache (assuming one eats a large portion of the watermelon to get the same effect), probably not putting one in the mood for sex anyway

    A small blue pill. Probably more than $5, but it goes down easier without a stomach ache.

    I wonder which one men are going to use...?
     
  4. optimusprime42

    optimusprime42 Autobot Leader

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    yea be to busy in the bathroom... praying to the porcelain god
     
  5. llamatron

    llamatron Shut up, Nigel. TFW2005 Supporter

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    Neither. Real men don't need no stupid pills to get gargantuan erections.

    :crazy: 



    :cry 
     
  6. seeker311

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    Funny you brought this article up. I ate watermelon 4 out of 7 days last week and there was more and better activity in the bedroom than normal. Seriously
     
  7. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    Oh, neat.

    A second use for watermelons in regards to sex.
     
  8. jourdo

    jourdo TFW2005 Supporter

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    So, what is the recommended dosage of watermelon? I've got this friend who wants to know... yeah, that's it... a "friend".

    Again, Lance wins a thread on the first page.
     
  9. tikgnat

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    shit. I'm allergic. Shit.

    SHIT.
     
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    Six cups needed for this to work effectively. Bleh.
     
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    I better stay away from watermelons then, because I'm damn near horny 24/7 as it is.
     
  12. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    But look at how big and swollen everything is!
     
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    Does this still work if it's filled with Vodka?
     
  14. Lance Halberd

    Lance Halberd oh hai

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    No, copious amounts of vodka will negate the bonerification process. In fact, you may wind up experiencing the anti-boner, which, at the bafflement of the medical and scientific community, goes the other way!!!
     
  15. tikgnat

    tikgnat Baweepgranaweepninnybong. TFW2005 Supporter

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    And itchy. Ichy too!
     
  16. jorod74

    jorod74 Psycholagnist (Ret.)

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    Confusion sets in....
    are you allergic to watermelon or sex?
    please clarify at your own risk.

    give me Fergie and i think i could walk on broken legs, missing three kidneys, a lung, and still believe in an all natural, adamantium (yeah, Bub, wolverine-esque adamantium) boner.

    so who needs pills or melons that only guarantee you'll finish Harry Potter in one sitting?
     
  17. grimlockams prime

    grimlockams prime Check you feet

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    damn it! We need a new rule that says " Lance Halberd can not win a thread until it is on page 3 or more."
     
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    There is a racist joke to be made here and I'm not gonna make it...
     
  19. Star Sabre James

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    Get a juicer. Then it's easy to do - runs to the grocery store to get watermelon - .
     
  20. Ops_was_a_truck

    Ops_was_a_truck JOOOLIE ANDREWWWWWS!!!!!!

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    That explains the post-fireworks randiness, I guess.
     

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