Nothing’s better than sinking your teeth into a juicy watermelon in the summertime, or any time for that matter.
It’s a super refreshing fruit, which makes sense since it’s about 90% water.
Whether you like to have your watermelon cut up into nice little Pinterest-looking slices or if you go full-on fruit ninja, chop it into a bowl, and go to town with a spoon, you should know that watermelons are just as healthy as they are tasty.
Watermelon is found in our 99 Smoothie Mix-Ins blog post, where we explain how this fruit is great for heart health. This is because of its antioxidant content, which I’ll go into later in this blog.
However, watermelons aren’t just great for supporting heart health. They provide quite a bit of other health advantages, too.
Let’s crack open the watermelon and see several of its benefits.
Minerals and Vitamins In Watermelon
Not only are watermelons very low calorie (only about 45 calories per cup), they contain a nice handful of vitamins:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin B1
- Vitamin B6
These vitamins in watermelon carry quite a few benefits, like helping boost eye health and the immune system.
In addition to its vitamin content, it also packs in minerals like copper, biotin, potassium, and magnesium. These minerals help with fighting off muscle cramps.
Watermelons are already off to a great start. Talk about an impressive nutritional profile!
Yeah, you read that right. Watermelon can help alleviate muscle soreness after an intense workout and aid in post-workout recovery, which is why it’s not uncommon to see athletes eating or drinking this fruit juice after exercising.
But how does watermelon actually help with exercise recovery?
Watermelon is ripe (pun intended) with the amino acid L-citrulline malate. Because of this amino acid’s ability to improve achy muscles, it’s often thrown into fitness and workout supplements.
Pretty cool, huh? Next time you go on a hike, hit the gym, or exercise at home, go ahead and crack open mother earth’s natural workout-recovery fruit.
Better Workout Performance
Once again, watermelon’s exercise benefits are anchored in its l-citrulline content.
One of l-citrulline’s biggest benefits is its ability to help increase blood flow by expanding vessels and arteries.
Better blood flow means more oxygen and nutrient transport to the muscles, which is a big deal when it comes to working out. Being able to enhance blood flow to the muscles helps keep them refreshed, and this can help you have a better workout.
Rich In Antioxidants
There’s more to a watermelon’s color than meets the eye. The very compound that makes the edible part of the watermelon a pinkish hue (and grapefruit and tomato, too) is the same compound that has been linked to protecting against certain diseases, like cardiovascular disease.
The name of this compound is lycopene, and it has also been shown to help lower blood pressure.
If that’s not enough of a reason to slice up some watermelon, I don’t know what is, especially since cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world.
Let’s Wrap It Up
However you decide to enjoy your watermelon, just know that you’re sinking your teeth into some juicy benefits.
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