Watermelon is one of the powerful, thirst-quenching and refreshing fruits, with high water content. It is everyone’s favorite summer time fruit. Besides water, it is also packed with significant levels of nutrients like Vitamins C, A, B6, antioxidants and minerals like magnesium, copper and potassium. Watermelon and watermelon juice provides amazing health benefits. Here are few reasons to gorge on Watermelon this Summer
Watermelon constitutes of 92% water, making it ideal fruit for juicing. Watermelon juice also contains vitamins and electrolytes, that helps in maintain the fluid balance in our body and stave off dehydration. A simple way of monitoring hydration- if you go from 8 am until 4pm without peeing, it means you are dehydrated.
Regulates Blood pressure & Heart health
Watermelon is rich in lycopene that improves the arterial function and in turn protects against heart disease. Research has shown that watermelon can significantly lower high blood pressure and cardiac stress. Consuming watermelon has positive impact on aortic blood pressure and heart. Watermelon also has a positive impact on post-menopausal women’s arterial function and blood pressure.
Strengthens Immune system
Watermelon is rich in phytonutrients which work with our body to release antioxidants into our system which prevent and eliminate free radicals that could trigger various health issues. These phytonutrients also relaxes blood vessels and strengthen our immune system.
Reduces Pain and inflammation
Being rich in lycopene, an anti-inflammatory antioxidant and cucurbitacin E, watermelon helps in blocking the activity of the enzyme causing pain and inflammation. Watermelon also helps lower damages caused by free radicals and inflammation due to its high content of Vitamin C and lycopene. The NSAIDs also carries out the same function of blocking the enzyme as the watermelon!
Watermelon is a natural diuretic and helps in increasing the flow of urine without straining the kidneys. It also helps in the processing of ammonia by the liver and eliminates excess waste and fluids and eases the stress on the kidneys.
Promotes Eye health
It is a rich source of beta carotene. Beta carotene is converted to Vitamin A in the body and this vitamin helps in the production of pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related macular degeneration and night blindness.
Reduces Body Fat
Citrulline in watermelon metabolizes into arginine in our body which enhances the blood circulation and reduces the rate at which the body stores fat. Being rich in dietary fibers, it also fills you up and helps control over eating.
Helps Improve Digestion
Due to its high water content and trivial amount of fiber, watermelon are beneficial for healthy digestion. Eating fiber rich fruits and vegetables including watermelon could helps in promoting healthy bowel movements and in turn aiding in healthy digestion.
Reduces Muscle Soreness
Watermelon juice does wonder if you are planning to do an intense workout. Drinking watermelon juice before a rigorous workout helps in reducing muscle soreness. This is due to the presence of “citrulline” amino acid in the watermelon, which is believed to be moderately responsible for reducing and easing muscle tenderness and soreness.
Excellent For Your Hair and Skin
Vitamin A and C present in Watermelon are essential for healthy skin and hair. Vitamin C helps in the production of collagen, a protein which keeps skin smooth and soft and hair strong and lustrous. Vitamin A repair the damaged skin cells and protect it from sunburns as well.