5 Reasons You Should Eat More Watermelon

Watermelons are a quintessential summer food, and nothing is as refreshing as biting into a slice on a hot summer day and letting the juices drip down your chin. Consisting mainly of water, about 92%, this succulent fruit is soaked with loads of nutrients including vitamins, minerals, and fiber. Very low in calories, research shows that making watermelon a regular part of your diet will give you a number of health benefits. From hydration to heart health, to less inflammation in your body, once you learn about the many health benefits of this fruit you may never look at watermelon the same way again.

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Read on to discover 5 reasons why you should eat watermelon every day.

 

  1. Watermelon may improve heart health

 

Watermelon contains high levels of the plant phytonutrient lycopene (responsible for the red color), a powerful antioxidant, which can prevent oxidative damage to cholesterol. Watermelon also contains citrulline, an amino acid that may increase nitric oxide levels in the body. Nitric oxide helps your blood vessels expand, which lowers blood pressure. In addition to these two nutrients, watermelon is also high in potassium, magnesium, vitamins A, B6, and C, which are essential for a healthy heart.

 

  1. Watermelon hydrates your body

 

One of the lowest calorie fruits with only 46 calories per cup, eating watermelon can keep your body hydrated. At 92% water, the combination of water and fiber fills you up without a lot of calories and hydrates you at the same time, a win-win.

 

  1. Watermelon can relieve post-workout muscle soreness

 

Move over tart cherry juice; watermelon juice also has some potential as a recovery beverage after exercise. In addition to being naturally rich in the electrolyte potassium, citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, has been shown in an initial study to reduce muscle soreness after exercise and lead to quicker heart rate recovery.

 

  1. Watermelon may lower inflammation and oxidative stress

 

Inflammation in the body is the underlying cause and key driver of many chronic diseases. Watermelon is rich in two important anti-inflammatory antioxidants, lycopene and vitamin C. By boosting your intake of these two nutrients you can help to reduce markers of inflammation in your body.

 

  1. Compounds in watermelon may prevent cancer

 

Most of us have been touched by cancer in some way. Researchers have studied lycopene in tomatoes for its anti-cancer effects, but watermelon also contains a combination of nutrients that show promise against this disease. A compound in watermelon called cucurbitacin E has been studied for its ability to inhibit tumor growth. Combined with the anti-cancer effects of lycopene, eating more watermelon may help keep this terrible disease at bay.

 

Lastly, don’t forget the seeds. Watermelon seeds are also incredibly nutritious, especially if they are sprouted and shelled. They are high in protein, magnesium, vitamin B, and healthy fats. I just recently discovered watermelon seed butter, which is actually quite delicious and a tasty way to reap the benefits of the seeds.

 

Get creative with your watermelon too! Watermelon is delicious in water, as “ice cream”, in smoothies, salads, salsas, and sorbets. Now that you know it’s a nutritional powerhouse and its versatility, how are you going to eat more watermelon?