Summertime isn’t complete without watermelon! Picnics, barbecues, family reunions – you name it! Watermelon is always in the equation! And you know what? That’s great, because watermelon is actually quite good for your well-being! Watermelon is one of the best fruits/vegetables (yes, it is both a fruit and a vegetable) you can feast on, being that it is comprised of over 90 percent water, also making it low on calories. But watermelon can actually do a lot more for your body than you would think!
1. Muscle Recovery
Believed to be due to the L-citrulline in the fruit, both watermelon and watermelon juice are shown to assuage soreness in muscles. This is great for athletes, because those who drink watermelon juice before a workout had less soreness the day after and a lower heart rate. But be careful – research has also shown that watermelon can also work like Viagra, due to watermelon’s ability to make the blood vessels relax.
2. Show Some Skin
Water melon is also a great way to spruce up your epidermis! Watermelon contains vitamins A & C, which are instrumental in maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin A is necessary for sebum production and Vitamin C is a building block of collagen, which provides structure for the skin. Since watermelon is full of water, well you know what that does for the skin!
3. Decent Digestion
Feeling a bit irregular? Munch on some watermelon! As stated earlier, the fruit/vegetable is comprised of a ton of water and also has a nice amount of fiber within it. These two mixed together are the perfect way to flush your system and make you regular again.
4. Cancer Fighter
Watermelon is a wonderful source of lycopene, which is an antioxidant known for its ability to ward off a number of cancers. Lycopene has also gained fame for its ability to stunt the growth of brain tumors, decrease the risk of strokes, and even aid in the treatment of cancer.
5. Heart Health
Research has shown that watermelon has the ability to improve heart health! Separate studies performed on postmenopausal women and middle-aged, obese adults proved that, when taking watermelon extract supplements, were able to improve their heart health and lower blood pressure.
6. Asthma Avoidance
Another great thing about vitamin C is that it is one of the key nutrients in helping prevent asthma. People who take in a large number of nutrients like vitamin C are less likely to develop asthma. And it doesn’t stop at preventing asthma; people who currently suffer from the disease can also eat watermelon as a natural treatment!
7. Reduced PMS Symptoms
According to Brown University, research suggests that foods like peanuts, avocado, and watermelon are great fruits to eat to reduce PMS because they contain vitamin B6. Eat this to help ease your pain!
8. Lower Blood Sugar
Watermelon contains magnesium, amino acids, and potassium which all work together to help maintain the blood vessels while also working to balance the electrolytes in the body. It is recommended that, if suffering from hypertension, start drinking one glass of watermelon juice a day to help keep it lowered.
9. Eye Health
You no longer have to just depend on carrots anymore! Along with vitamin A, vitamin C, and lycopene, watermelon also has beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin which all are excellent for the health of your eyes! All of these work together to combat eye-related problems due to age and various eye infections.
10. Good Mood
Once again vitamin C and B6 come to the rescue! Vitamin B6 helps to synthesize neurotransmitters that relax and improve mood, while vitamin C protects the body from free-radicals, which can cause issues such as depression. Watermelon also has the ability to balance your hormones, which also improves your mood.