Many of us have the childhood memory of taking a big bite into a slice of watermelon, letting the juices drip down our chins and then spitting the seeds as far as we could across the backyard. And now, as adults, there are few things better than a big bowl of cold watermelon on a hot summer day.
|A slice of watermelon is all we need to fulfill our snack cravings!|
But, with research supporting a number of health benefits associated with the fruit, we have even more reason to feel great about reaching for this melon at the market.
The 5 Wonders of Watermelon:
Full of Water
Watermelon is over 90% water making it not only hydrating but also very low calorie. At just 40 calories per cup, watermelon lets you add a lot of volume, vitamins and minerals and fiber to your daily food log without breaking the calorie bank.
Repairs Your Body Post Workout
L – Citrulline is an amino acid naturally found in watermelon. A recent scientific study published in 2013 by the American Chemical Study reported the amino acid found in the juice can help relieve post-workout muscle pain and soreness.
Keeps You Hydrated
Watermelon is naturally rich in electrolytes, and specifically potassium, essential for nerve and muscle function and responsible for converting blood sugar into glycogen. Watermelon water is becoming the hottest new exotic water.
Protects Your Heart
L-Citrulline is not just good for muscle soreness. A study out of Florida State University found that people given a 6 gram supplement of L-Citrulline from watermelon extract for 6 weeks lowered their blood pressure and had improved arterial function, making watermelon an effective natural weapon against hypertension.
Is Rich in Antioxidants
Antioxidants are chemicals that prevent (or slow) damage of cells incurred from free radicals. Natural antioxidants are found in fruits and vegetables and watermelon is rich in one of them, lycopene. Also attributing to the rich pink/red color, lycopene can help fight against heart disease and play a role in lowering cholesterol. Watermelon contains the highest levels of lycopene compared to any other fruit or vegetable.
Source: The Hearty Soul
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