Watermelon- The Great Things About It!

by / Monday, 07 July 2014 / Published in Health News

This weekend I was sitting on the beach sipping on a watermelon drink.  No other produce screams summer quite like watermelon.  Its refreshing sweetness and burst of color adds a bit of brightness to your plate and palette.

There’s more to watermelon than just its flavor, it boasts some powerful health benefits.  At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17 percent vitamin A.  It also contains dietary fiber for digestive health as well as potassium.  Also one cup of watermelon is heavy in lycopene, an antioxidant that helps stop free radicals from damaging your cells and messing with your immune system.

Drinking watermelon juice can actually be quite soothing after a grueling workout. Athletes who consumed a little more than 16 ounces an hour before exercise had less muscle soreness and a lower heart rate within a day.  That may be because watermelon contains a natural substance called citrulline that’s been tied to improved artery function and lower blood pressure.

Like most fruits, watermelon is the product of a seed-producing plant and has a signature sweet taste. But it can be traced back to the squash, pumpkin, and cucumber family.  So it’s both a fruit and a vegetable.

Watermelon is also 91.5 percent water, so it’s very hydrating. That’s a big deal seeing as how being dehydrated is bad for your health.
No wonder there’s a month-long holiday dedicated to it—July is National Watermelon Month.  So eat up that delicious pink veggie/fruit, it’s July after all!!

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