How many people actually think about the food we eat and what it actually does to our bodies, or how we can benefit from it or not? I know I sure haven’t, but this a seasonal favorite in our household. The kids love it!

Watermelon Benefits

Many people believe that watermelon has only water and sugar, but watermelon actually has many health benefits.

Some Of The Benefits Are:

Watermelon is very high in citrulline, an amino acid that turns into arginine in the body. Citrulline and arginine help in the making of nitric oxide, which is a vasodilator. This means that it helps relax and dilate your blood vessels, helping to lower your blood pressure. Watermelon contains carotenoids which help to prevent hardening of the arteries and veins. This can possibly help reduce your risk of blood clots and atherosclerosis. Great right?!?

Watermelon or watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely due to the amino acid L-citrulline in watermelon. In 2013 a study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry and it showed that drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout like HIIT  helps reduce next-day muscle soreness and heart rate.

Choline is a nutrient found in watermelon and what it does is helps our bodies with sleep, muscle movement, and memory. It assists in maintaining the structure of cells, helps with absorption of fat in your body, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses and help reduces chronic inflammation.

It has Vitamin A which is necessary for all body tissues, like skin and hair. It also has vitamin C (one cup of watermelon provides 21% of our daily needs) which builds and maintains collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Watermelon also is very high in water which contributes to hydration that is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair.

Wow, those are just some of the great benefits you will receive when you are enjoying your watermelon this summer!

How Do You Know Which Is The Ripest Watermelon?

This is what you need to look for the next time you buy a watermelon:

  • It should feel heavy for its size (think juicy!)
  • Look for the yellow spot, similar to the photo below. This spot is where the watermelon was sitting on the ground. When it is creamy yellow, it is ripe!
  • Give it a tap! Tap the underbelly of the watermelon. A ripe watermelon will have a deep, hollow sound.  Under ripe watermelons will have a dull sound.

 

 

I have only included just a few of the benefits of watermelon, but the ones that my kids love the most is that it tastes great! If you are wanting to make sure that your children enjoy a balanced plate, the watermelon is a fantastic choice to add to your meals or snacks.  It is also perfect for those hot summer days that are filled with barbecues, picnics or days at the beach.

 

References:

  1. Watermelon lycopene and allied health claims =>>>> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4464475/
  2. Influence of L-citrulline and watermelon supplementation on vascular function and exercise performance.=>>>>>>>https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27749691
  3. Watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness =>>>>>>https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/pressroom/presspacs/2013/acs-presspac-august-14-2013/watermelon-juice-relieves-post-exercise-muscle-soreness.html

 

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