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4 Benefits of Watermelon Sexually

Kelly Brown MD, MBA

Reviewed by Kelly Brown, MD

Written by Rachel Sacks

Published 04/07/2023

Updated 03/04/2024

Did you know that watermelon originated in Africa over 4,000 years ago? Did you also know that the juicy, sweet summer fruit has plenty of health benefits and might even be beneficial for your sex life?

The benefits of watermelon are numerous and this delicious fruit may pack more than just vitamins and other nutrients. But what exactly are the watermelon benefits for men? Can watermelon help you sexually? And are there benefits of watermelon for treating erectile dysfunction (ED)?

We’ll go over the answers to all these questions, including whether there are benefits of watermelon for erectile dysfunction and other sexual health issues.

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Watermelon is more than a delicious fruit to eat on a hot summer day. This healthy fruit packs several key nutrients and is an excellent source of vitamins.

Watermelon can help you stay hydrated, as this fruit is over 90 percent water. Hydration plays an important role in helping your body function properly, ensuring optimal cognition, organ function, delivery of nutrients and more.

Also because of its high water content, there are a low amount of calories in watermelon.

But despite the few calories in watermelon, this fruit is a great source of a lot of nutrients — namely, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and C. Consuming proper amounts of potassium and magnesium can help with muscle recovery.

The antioxidant content of watermelon is incredibly rich as well, and it’s a natural source of carotenoids, lycopene and cucurbitacin E. Another good source of antioxidants? Pineapple. The benefits of pineapple sexually are a great reason to double up on antioxidant power when eaten with watermelon.

Watermelon is also a rich source of the phytonutrient citrulline, an amino acid that helps make another amino acid called arginine. The amino acid citrulline may improve exercise performance and cardiovascular fitness.

Several of the nutrients in watermelon may also support a healthy heart. Lycopene, a plant compound found in watermelon, may help lower blood pressure — one way to reduce the risk of a heart attack.

Citrulline may increase levels of nitric oxide, which helps blood vessels to expand and lowers blood pressure as well. This amino acid can also help with muscle recovery, providing relief for muscle soreness.

And watermelon fruit itself isn’t the only part of watermelon that has benefits. A 2013 study found that drinking watermelon juice could also help relieve muscle soreness.

These are only a few of the benefits this healthy fruit provides. And with all those nutrients, you might wonder about the benefits of watermelon for sexual dysfunction and performance. 

Learn about another fruit with potential benefits in our blog on the sexual benefits of mangos.

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Could watermelon have a Viagra-like effect? And what are the watermelon benefits for erectile dysfunction and sexual health generally? Keep reading to learn the sexual benefits of watermelon.

May Help Erectile Dysfunction

Erectile dysfunction is a common condition where affected men are unable to get or maintain an erection firm enough for penetrative sex. Erectile dysfunction prescription medications, such as sildenafil (Viagra®), can help stimulate blood flow to the penis, improving erections. There are also natural home remedies for ED such as lifestyle changes, reducing blood pressure, checking testosterone production and eating a healthy diet.

How erections work is a complex sequence of events, but the gist of it is that chemical messages are sent from the brain to relax smooth muscle in the penis, which then allows blood to flow to the erectile tissue. Blood flow to erectile tissue allows the penis to become firmer and harder, creating an erection.

Citrulline, which is naturally found in watermelon, increases blood flow by helping blood vessels relax. Citrulline may also help stimulate enzymes known as cGMPs, which help increase blood flow — and also play a role in erections.

A 2017 study found that men experiencing erectile dysfunction had low levels of citrulline, and suggested that increasing those levels may help with ED symptoms.

A small study of only 20 participants found that citrulline, in combination with other plant compounds, may improve erection firmness, sexual satisfaction and the ability to maintain an erection.

Few studies have looked at whether a natural watermelon Viagra® is possible, so we can’t say that eating watermelon alone will treat sexual dysfunction. There are certainly other sexual benefits of watermelon though.

May Improve Fertility

Lycopene, one of the key antioxidants found in watermelon, helps reduce oxidative stress. Oxidative stress, which is the imbalance of antioxidants and free radicals in the body, can lead to damage to fatty tissue, proteins and even DNA in the body. This has been linked to a number of diseases.

Lycopene may reduce oxidative stress, which in turn could boost male fertility.

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Could Improve Prostate Health

The prostate is a small gland located just below the bladder that helps with semen production. Prostate disease and treatment for prostate cancer are also possible causes of erectile dysfunction.

Lycopene — which watermelon is a natural source of — may protect the prostate gland against oxidative stress, according to a 2014 review. Another study found that men with high intakes of lycopene also had a lower risk of prostate cancer.

One and a half cups of watermelon contains 9 to 13 milligrams of lycopene, making the fruit a rich source of this powerful antioxidant.

Lends Support to Testosterone Production

Watermelon is also a source of zinc, an important nutrient for the immune system and metabolism. 

Zinc may also play an important role in testosterone production, which is responsible for maintaining your sex drive.

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More than a delicious fruit,, there are numerous nutritional benefits of watermelon, with watermelon juice and fruit being excellent sources of vitamins, antioxidants and more. Just to name a few, watermelon is a source of potassium, magnesium, lycopene and vitamins A and C.

Does watermelon consumption help you sexually? While watermelon won’t be replacing common erectile dysfunction medications anytime soon, there are plenty of benefits of this fruit for your sexual health, as well as your health in general.

The antioxidant lycopene in watermelon may help protect your prostate gland and improve fertility, while citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, increases blood flow, which could help with erectile function. Meanwhile, the large amount of water in the fruit will keep you hydrated at the very least.

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Kelly Brown MD, MBA
Kelly Brown, MD

Dr. Kelly Brown is a board certified Urologist and fellowship trained in Andrology. She is an accomplished men’s health expert with a robust background in healthcare innovation, clinical medicine, and academic research. Dr. Brown is a founding member of Posterity Health where she is Medical Director and leads strategy and design of their Digital Health Platform, an innovative education and telehealth model for delivering expert male fertility care.

She completed her undergraduate studies at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (go Heels!) with a Bachelor of Science in Radiologic Science and a Minor in Chemistry. She took a position at University of California Los Angeles as a radiologic technologist in the department of Interventional Cardiology, further solidifying her passion for medicine. She also pursued the unique opportunity to lead departmental design and operational development at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, sparking her passion for the business of healthcare.

Dr. Brown then went on to obtain her doctorate in medicine from the prestigious Northwestern University - Feinberg School of Medicine and Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University - Kellogg School of Management, with a concentration in Healthcare Management. During her surgical residency in Urology at University of California San Francisco, she utilized her research year to focus on innovations in telemedicine and then served as chief resident with significant contributions to clinical quality improvement. Dr. Brown then completed her Andrology Fellowship at Medical College of Wisconsin, furthering her expertise in male fertility, microsurgery, and sexual function.

Her dedication to caring for patients with compassion, understanding, as well as a unique ability to make guys instantly comfortable discussing anything from sex to sperm makes her a renowned clinician. In addition, her passion for innovation in healthcare combined with her business acumen makes her a formidable leader in the field of men’s health.

Dr. Brown is an avid adventurer; summiting Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania (twice!) and hiking the incredible Torres del Paine Trek in Patagonia, Chile. She deeply appreciates new challenges and diverse cultures on her travels. She lives in Denver with her husband, two children, and beloved Bernese Mountain Dog. You can find Dr. Brown on LinkedIn for more information.

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