Skip to comments.Researcher Retreats on Sexual Enhancement Claim for Watermelon
Posted on 07/07/2008 3:12:18 AM PDT by Born Conservative
COLLEGE STATION, Tex., July 3 -- Chalk up the widely publicized report that watermelons can enhance erections, much like a certain PDE-5 inhibitor, to a stretched version of the truth by a university PR officer seeking a good story for the Fourth of July.
A somewhat red-faced plant scientist, who was quoted extensively in a Texas A&M press release, backed away from claims that the summer picnic staple actually can promote erections. But he didn't abandon the notion entirely.
Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement Center at Texas A&M, said he was sorry that a press release, issued by the university, referred to the well-known erectile dysfunction drug in its headline.
Hundreds of news outlets around the world picked up the release, which archly suggested that watermelon "may be better suited for Valentine's Day."
"That's because scientists say watermelon has ingredients that deliver Viagra-like effects to the body's blood vessels and may even increase libido," according to the release.
In reality, studies at Texas A&M and a nearby U.S. Department of Agriculture lab in Oklahoma have found that watermelon contains high levels of citrulline, which is converted into arginine in the human body.
Arginine is the raw material from which nitric oxide, the powerful vasodilator critical to penile erection, is generated in vivo.
But according to Dr. Patil, as well as physicians familiar with erectile biology, no studies have shown that boosting arginine -- through high-citrulline foods, arginine supplements, or other means -- promotes erectility.
(Excerpt) Read more at medpagetoday.com ...
Then just bore a hole in one and fantazise
So something big and round ain’t gonna give me a woody?
My dreams are dashed.
Apparently the doctor’s watermelon date wasn’t a success.
After this embarrassment, perhaps Bhimu could find and join the "Fruit and Nuts Improvement Center".
I like spitting the seeds out.
Your right. However, I would venture to suggest that their will be no mention of watermelons and a certain segment of our population who is rumored to like this fruit considerably and are usually linked in a derogatory manner.
I would not expect anyone to be asking Barack ("Peace Be Upon His Middle No Name") Obama if he likes watermelon, anytime soon. lol
On the other hand, it's been rumored that the content of a summer barnyard stable has been known to promote them among the male student body at A&M ...
Bad bad boy nikos.
PA gets the shaft again!!
Big and round dash most mens ability.
With that post I’d say your screen name is hot.
I have a feeling this thread is going to get ripe.
Barry the Irishman?
He prefers his Lucky Charms.
Now thats a huge front.
Them there Aggies need to go back to playing with super germs and leave them mellons alone.
Let’s hope that Bhimu Patil, Ph.D., director of the Fruit and Vegetable Improvement, investments in Texas watermelons paid off.
Oh, well. Another story to add to the “strange fruit” annals.
Great. Now what am I going to do with all these watermelons I bought?
BIG WATERMELLON speculator. Time for Congressional hearings.
It was a brilliant marketing ploy by the melon barons.
BINGO! We have a winner!
Who approves the government grants for this kind of crappola research, anyhow? I guess funneling tax money into university departments doing cancer or Alzheimer's research wouldn't be as much fun as studying erections via watermelons.
what he meant to say was that “Watemelons engenders erectability in some A&M students” instead of ‘promotes’ erectability in humans.
Aggies always plug a watermelon to see if it is edible.
sorry lost my head
Lemon-Mint Vodka Spiked Watermelon
Recipe courtesy Tyler Florence
Show: Food 911
Episode: Big Surf Clambake
1/4 cup sugar
2 lemons, juiced
1 (750 ml) bottle vodka
2 fresh mint sprigs
1 whole watermelon, 10 pounds or larger
Dissolve the sugar in the lemon juice. Pour out 1/4 cup vodka and add the lemon mixture and the mint sprigs to the bottle. Cap, shake, and let sit from 1 hour to overnight for the flavors to develop.
Cut a plug from the watermelon about 3-inches deep and as big around as the top of the bottle. Upend the bottle into the hole and let it sit for a couple of hours or until most of the vodka lemonade has been absorbed into the watermelon. Re-plug the watermelon and refrigerate it for a few hours. Slice and serve.
Well, after hearing about the amazing effects of watermelon, I started consuming them nonstop all weekend long. I cannot attest to any improvement in my ineterspousal relations, but I will say that watermelon has some incredible laxative properties.
Thanks for the ping. I haven’t read it yet, nor the Peds paper on lipid screening, nor another paper on low fat diets that I was given the title. It’s a FReebie too. I’ll link it shortly. Somehow, I think the governmental advice on diet has been a tragedy of errors, at least from the epidemic of obesity.