Islamabad - Watermelon helps reduce high blood pressure as a substance, extracted from its seeds, is reported to dilate blood vessels, said Dr Arif Majeed yesterday.

Talking to APP he said it stimulates kidney action and enhance the production of urine which favours the elimination of toxins. It is low in fibre and its fats content is sort of non-existent.

“Moreover, watermelon assists decrease blood pressure, has deoxidising properties, fights infection, facilitates your body heal faster, can aid in weight management, and is a comfort meal that may sooth tension and stress.”

Unprecedented rise in temperature during the last few days had risen the demand of watermelon. A watermelon seller said that there was a huge demand of watermelon in the city due to rise of temperature as compared to other fruits.

Talking about the demand of this summer fruit, he said, “A number of trucks carrying watermelon reach in the market on daily basis.”

“People are buying watermelons at the price around Rs 25 to Rs 30 per kg. The business will pick up with further rise in mercury in the coming days,” a roadside vendor Amaan Ullah hoped.

Six amazing health benefits of falsa

This the time for markets to get flooded with the carts loaded with tasty and piquant, one of Pakistanis’ love, the ‘Falsa’. Falsas come from Grewia Asiatica tree and are native to Sub-continent. Here are its health benefits. The unripe Falsa has this one of the amazing health benefits that it is very effective in alleviating inflammation. So, it can do well for respiratory, cardiac and hematologic inflammatory conditions as well in feverish states.

Falsa is often advised from patients who suffer from asthma, bronchitis, colds, coughs, and sore throats. It contains a plethora of nutrients and minerals, including but not limited to magnesium, iron, potassium, calcium, carbohydrates and Vitamin A and C.

It is a great source of antioxidants, which are vital in combating age deterioration and ageing as well. It is now scientifically proved that antioxidants play a great role in preventing cancer. It makes for a great low fat, low sodium snack.

Falsa holds 5.53 grams of dietary fiber per 100 grams rendering the fruit great digestive and thus can relieve stomach aches. Studies claim that consumption of Falsa normalizes, and can maintain heart rate and blood pressure. This itsy bitsy berry seems to have a host of therapeutic benefits on every system in the body. It is a major player in maintaining homeostasis with respect to body fluids.

Not only the mass, but its seeds are also beneficial. Studies show that nutrients present in its seeds are good for fertility related problems.

Falsa is the natural cooling agent in human body. Its juice is used to quench the thirst and prevent nausea, vomiting and Gastric Intestinal unease linked with heat stroke. It is magical for heat stroke victims.

`Sunscreen’ gene may guard against skin cancer

Scientists have identified a “sunscreen” gene that may help protect against skin cancer, says a new study. The investigators pinpointed the ultraviolet-resistant gene after analyzing data from 340 people with melanoma, the deadliest type of skin cancer, and conducting laboratory experiments, reported BBC health.

“If we understand how this UV-resistant gene functions and the processes by which cells repair themselves after ultraviolet damage, then we could find targets for drugs to revert a misguided mechanism back to normal conditions,” said study senior author Chengyu Liang.

Cell damage from exposure to UV radiation causes more than 90 percent of melanoma skin cancers. Melanoma kills more than 10,000 people in the United States each year, according to the American Cancer Society.

“People who have the mutated UV-resistant gene or low levels of the UV-resistant gene may be at higher risk of melanoma or other skin cancers, especially if they go sunbathing or tanning frequently,” said researchers.

The study suggests that the UV-resistant gene may serve as a biomarker for skin cancer prevention. The investigators will conduct research with mice to learn more about how the UV-resistant gene functions. They say the finding potentially could lead to new drugs to prevent the disease.

Perhaps one day a drug could stimulate the repair function of the UV-resistant gene to ensure swift and effective repair of UV-damaged skin cells, the researcher concluded.