I can not think of a more refreshing fruit than a chilled slice of watermelon, plus it is deliciously juicy and super sweet.
Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but it is soaked with nutrients, like vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids.
What Scientists take notice is that watermelon have the highest levels of any type of fresh produce. Lycopene is a phytonutrient, that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions.
Following some watermelon benefits:
Protects cells from damage; can help improve blood flow and may help reduce the accumulation of excess fat.
Antioxidant to neutralize free radicals; helps keep chronic inflammation down.
Water content can help keep you hydrated, and their juice is full of good electrolytes.
The watermelon contains fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive tract.
Skin and hair benefits
Vitamin A is stellar for your skin, and just a cup of watermelon contains nearly one-quarter of your daily recommended intake of it. Vitamin A helps keep skin and hair moisturized, and it also encourages healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells. Vitamin C is also beneficial in this regard, as it promotes healthy collagen growth.
Drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout helps reduce next-day muscle soreness. This can be attributed to watermelon's amino acids citrulline and arginine, which help improve circulation.
Did you know?
According to the Guinness World Record book the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 2005. It weighed 268.8 lbs. (121.93 kg).