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6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

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6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

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1.Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes

Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. It’s most often associated with tomatoes, but watermelon is actually a more concentrated source.

Compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene (6 milligrams (mg) in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato). More on why lycopene is so important shortly…

2.Watermelon Juice May Relieve Muscle Soreness

If you have a juicer, try juicing about one-third of a fresh watermelon and drinking its juice prior to your next workout. This contains a little over one gram of l-citrulline, an amino acid that seems to protect against muscle pain.

One study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to those who drank a placebo.

You do need to be careful with drinking watermelon juice, though, as it contains a significant amount of fructose. It may be better to eat the entire fruit, or opt for these other tips to prevent muscle soreness.

3.Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable

Remember how watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit (it’s a sweet, seed-producing plant, after all). The other clue that watermelon is both fruit and vegetable? The rind is entirely edible…

4.You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.

Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.

While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization.)

5.It’s Mostly Water

This might not be surprising, but it’s still a fun fact; watermelon is more than 91 percent water. This means that eating watermelon with you on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated and avoid dehydration (it’s not a substitute for drinking plenty of fresh water, however).

6.Some Watermelon Are Yellow

The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet. It’s likely that yellow watermelon offers its own unique set of nutritional benefits, but most research to date has focused on the pink-fleshed varieties.

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Three Benefits to Watermelon

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Three Benefits of Watermelon That May Surprise You

Watermelon is yet another example of a natural food that can enhance the quality of our health, from antioxidant protection to soothing muscle soreness. This is a summer fruit you do not want to miss!

Watermelon, like tomatoes, is a rich source of lycopene, an extremely potent carotenoid antioxidant.1 Lycopene has been shown to be protective against prostate cancer, helps to protect the skin from the sun’s rays, and benefits the cardiovascular system, as high circulating lycopene levels are linked to reduced heart attack and stroke risk.

Watermelon is also rich in the amino acid citrulline. Citrulline drives the production of nitric oxide, which is a key regulator of blood pressure.2 Studies conducted in adults with prehypertension or hypertension showed that the watermelon extract supplement groups experienced improvements in blood pressure compared to placebo groups.3,4

Watermelon, due to citrulline, could potentially reduce muscle soreness after exercise. One study found that athletes who were given 16 ounces of watermelon juice after intense exercise experienced lower levels of muscle soreness 24 hours later compared to athletes given a placebo drink.5

Watermelon becomes most ripe and delicious come August, so get ready to load up this summer on this juicy, refreshing, health-promoting fruit!

References:

  1. Edwards AJ, Vinyard BT, Wiley ER, et al: Consumption of watermelon juice increases plasma concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene in humans. J Nutr 2003;133:1043-1050. 2. Collins JK, Wu G, Perkins-Veazie P, et al: Watermelon consumption increases plasma arginine concentrations in adults. Nutrition 2007;23:261-266. 3. Figueroa A, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Perkins-Veazie PM, et al: Effects of watermelon supplementation on aortic blood pressure and wave reflection in individuals with prehypertension: a pilot study. Am J Hypertens 2011;24:40-44. 4. Figueroa A, Sanchez-Gonzalez MA, Wong A, et al: Watermelon extract supplementation reduces ankle blood pressure and carotid augmentation index in obese adults with prehypertension or hypertension. Am J Hypertens 2012;25:640-643. 5. Tarazona-Diaz MP, Alacid F, Carrasco M, et al: Watermelon juice: potential functional drink for sore muscle relief in athletes. J Agric Food Chem 2013;61:7522-7528.

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