As if we need a reason to enjoy this refreshing summer favorite, here are its sweet health benefits with enjoy Watermelon.
1. A Fighter of Disease
Lycopene and other plant compounds found in watermelon are linked to lowering the risk of certain cancers, particularly those related to digestion. Lycopene doesn’t stop there. It also helps reduce the occurrence of heart disease. Vitamin C is another antioxidant found in watermelon that helps prevent cellular damage that can lead to cancer and periodontal disease.
The amino acids found in watermelon help regulate glucose metabolism and insulin sensitivity. This makes it a warrior in the fight against diabetes, too.
2. An Anti-Inflammatory
Watermelon contains specific amino acids that make it a powerful addition to an anti-inflammatory diet. Inflammation can trigger everyday aches and pains, along with more serious conditions like fibromyalgia, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer. Nibble your way to decreased inflammation.
3. A Natural Sports Drink
L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, when present in the watermelon itself has a positive impact on workout recovery. It helps reduce muscle soreness through efficient removal of lactic acid. Studies also show improved post-workout heart rate recovery. With a water content of 92 percent, and some electrolytes, it is a great way to rehydrate after a sweat session.
4. A Cramp-Reducer
Packed with potassium, watermelon helps regulate nerve function. This allows more effective communication of the body’s electrical impulses and messages, which helps prevent tingling and numbness. Leg cramps, particularly those steel knots that wake you from a sound sleep, also can be helped by this increased potassium. Eliminate these missed-workout excuses with a serving of deliciousness.
5. A Low-Cal Treat
At only 46 calories per cup, this treat quenches thirst, satisfies your sweet tooth, and gives you a boost of nutrients. It is waist-watchers’ dream candy. Watermelon’s high fiber and water content provide long-term hunger satisfaction. Slice yourself a large, guilt-free piece. How often can we say that at the dessert table!
A Summer Star
Aside from all these juicy reasons, watermelon is a beloved symbol of summer. The scent, texture, and taste define the season’s refreshment long after the last cookout.
Trending recipes increasingly include watermelon in savory dishes as well as more traditional salads and desserts. Give this twist a try! Look for our watermelon taco recipe on National Watermelon Day, August 3, on your favorite social media site.
“Top 9 Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon,” at healthline.com.
“13 Impressive Health Benefits of Watermelon,” by Kayla James at naturalfoodseries.com.
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