Watermelon – A ‘Bite’ of Health

Thank you to Lucy Howe, freelance writer and editor, for submitting this article.

Few foods herald the arrival of the warmer season than a slice of scarlet watermelon, bursting with ripeness and just about as juicy as fruit can be.  Aside from being the perfect low-cal snack, watermelons are a potent source of vitamins and antioxidants which have surprising benefits – including the ability to quell muscular pain.  In this post we highlight a few reasons why, when it comes to enjoying a healthy treat that tantalizes your taste buds, you shouldn’t think twice about slicing open a sweet watermelon from Georgia.

A Potent Source of Lycopene and Vitamins

Tomatoes are often recommended for frequent consumption because they contain lycopene:  a powerful antioxidant that helps prevent cancer and boosts heart health.  Did you know that watermelons actually contain more lycopene than tomatoes?  They also contain Vitamins A and C, which have antioxidant properties and help keep again and disease at bay.

Free radical damage has been linked to everything from heart disease to Alzheimer’s disease, so it is vital to consume antioxidant foods which are natural free radical scavengers.  The Vitamin C content in watermelons makes them powerful immunity boosters, helping keep colds and flues at bay and shortening the length of sickness.  Watermelon boosts the immunity of those under stress:  often cited as the reason why inflammation is so prevalent in human beings.

Watermelon vs Muscle Pain

Studies have shown that drinking natural watermelon juice before working out reduces muscle soreness for a full day after exercise.  It is no wonder that watermelons sell more than cantaloupe and honeydew melon year round.  In addition to being a popular choice for families, they also make an excellent gift for health lovers.  Did you know that these days, ‘crates’ containing friends’ favorite items (edible and otherwise) are all the rage when it comes to paying it forward?  If you have an upcoming occasion, make sure your loved one’s crates are filled with bright red slices of watermelon in addition to other yummy snacks such as cheese, and fruits in all the colors of the rainbow.

Watermelons for Heart Health

Watermelons contain potassium and magnesium, two important nutrients that help quell high blood pressure.  Research published in the journal Advances in Nutrition has found that foods that are high in potassium can help lower the likelihood of heart disease and stroke precisely because of the benefit they have on blood pressure.  By lowering inflammation, watermelons also keep diabetes, colon cancer, arthritis, and asthma at bay.

There are many more benefits that watermelon can bring to your nutritional regime.  Studies that they boost sexual health (by relaxing blood vessels), detoxify the body, and prevent kidney stones.  Above all, they are a super hydrating fruit that helps keep thirst at bay.  Watermelons make the perfect companion to everything from a hearty barbecue right through to a gourmet meal.

 

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