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The tune was always a wonderful reminder of that delightful fruit that seems to symbolize summer, picnics and
childhood memories!

But what does watermelon have to do with romance? Isn't that a little kinky?

We're glad you asked. According to more and more research, watermelon is now
gaining new respect as a tasty, natural sexual enhancer and aphrodisiac.

And you thought "Watermelon Man" was just a jaunty tune about a guy delivering
garden produce!

You see, one of its ingredients works similar to Viagra®. In fact, the ingredient,
citrulline (the Latin term for watermelon is
Citrillus lanatus, is not only used to treat
and prevent erectile dysfunction.

    Citrulline in the body is converted to arginine, which is an amino acid that is said to
    improve the heart and circulatory system, even as it boosts the immune system.
    Citrulline-arginine has increasingly been reported to enhance sexual drive,
    stamina, performance and satisfaction. It apparently helps erectile dysfunction by
    relaxing blood vessels, which is similar to Viagra's effect.

    Dr. Bhimu Patil, director of Texas A&M’s Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center
    in College Station, said this about the latest research: "The citrulline-arginine
    relationship helps heart health, the immune system and may prove to be very
    helpful for those who suffer from obesity and Type 2 diabetes. Arginine boosts
    nitric oxide, which relaxes blood vessels, the same basic effect that Viagra has, to
    treat erectile dysfunction and maybe even prevent it.”

    Dr. Patil adds, "The more we study watermelons, the more we realize just how
    amazing a fruit it is in providing natural enhancers to the human body. Watermelon
    may not be as organ-specific as Viagra, but it’s a great way to relax blood vessels
    without any drug side effects. We’ve always known that watermelon is good for you,
    but the list of its very important healthful benefits grows longer with each study.

    So, go back and listen to the Hancock and Henricks records. Heck, you might even
    want to invest in a couple of CDs or download the songs, because "Watermelon
    Man" may take on a new meaning for you.

    It doesn't matter if you crack open a Charleston Gray, world record size Carolina
    Cross, a Black Diamond, Orangeglo, Yellow Buttercup, Cream of Saskatchewan,
    Melitopolski, Densuke or even one of those funky square Japanese melons, enjoy
    in good health.

    Who knows? Maybe that lusciously ripe fruit can help you get your natural groove

    So from now on, go ahead and whisper sweet nothings as you and your sweetie
    enjoy watermelon together!

                           We wish you romance,
                               ...Love on the Rind!

Herbie Hancock has been a popular jazz musician for decades. Back in 1962, he write and recorded "Watermelon
Man" for his "Takin' Off" album, and people all over the world began grooving to those hard bop sounds he was

The tune is a now jazz standard and has been recorded over two hundred times, and it's worth a listen any time of the
day or night!
(Click here to watch a short YouTube video about the composer and tune.)

Jazz lyricist Jon Hendricks set words to "Watermelon Man" and recorded it in 1963.  (Click here to watch the
YouTube video of Henricks'  words and photos.)
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