Texas A&M: Watermelons give you boners

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Scientists at Texas A&M have found that citrulline, an ingredient in watermelon, can trigger production of a compound that helps relax blood vessels in the body – which is effectively what Viagra does.

Found in the flesh and rind of watermelons, citrulline reacts with the body’s enzymes when consumed 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.”

Too good to be true? Kinda. To boost the body’s arginine level, you’d have to eat about six cups of watermelon. And then you’d be on your way to Pee City (two exits past Urine Town). Plus, consuming all that sugar could cause cramping.

Of course, men have known for centuries that tasty melons give you boners.

Read the full story at the Houston Chronicle.