Watermelons are synonymous with summer and picnics. Made up of about 92% water, watermelons are actually full of health benefits. The refreshing fruit is soaked with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. And, it is low in calories!
A member of the Citrullus species of desert vines, studies suggest watermelon may reduce the risk of diabetes, heart disease and obesity and promote increased energy and a healthier complexion.
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamins A and C, which help boost immunity, and also a good source of B6, which helps form red blood cells. The red color means the melon is a source of lycopene. Diets rich in lycopene help protect against heart disease. The fruit is also a source of citrulline, an amino acid that helps avoid muscle soreness after a hard workout. Choline helps the body in sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory.
The American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extract supplementation reduced ankle blood pressure and improved arterial function in obese middle-aged adults.
To ensure the most nutrients absorbed in this classic summertime snack, refrigerate your watermelons and serve soon after slicing into the melon.
Now you can enjoy this juicy and refreshing treat even more knowing it’s doing your body good!