Earlier this month we celebrated National Watermelon Day—and with good reason! In addition to being a refreshing summer treat, the fruit-slash-vegetable is loaded with beneficial nutrients known to support health. Here are six great reasons to grab a slice (or a few) before the season is over:
Scientists at Florida State University recently found that the amino acids L-citrulline and L-arginine found in watermelon may protect against heart disease. In addition to improving circulation, they support the health of the arteries around the heart and help maintain healthy blood pressure levels.
Watermelon is rich in lycopene (which gives it its red color) and choline—two nutrients valued for their beneficial anti-inflammatory properties. Together, they support a healthy inflammation response in the body to promote immunity and overall health.
Did you know watermelons are more than 90% water? On hot days, eating the fruit can help you stay hydrated as well as replace important electrolytes lost when you sweat.
Combined with its high water content, the fiber in watermelon supports healthy digestion and regularity. Watermelon is also low in sugar, which means it benefits the good bacteria in your gut.
Skin and Hair Supporter
Watermelon contains a healthy dose of vitamin A and vitamin C, which together support healthy cell and tissue growth. In addition, vitamin A helps produce a substance called sebum that keeps hair and skin moisturized
Try adding watermelon to your post-workout nourishment. Its amino acids work to improve circulation and help maintain a healthy heart rate. They also support muscle health and help reduce next-day soreness.