Psh. As if you needed a reason in the first place.
Summer is fast approaching and you know what that means…more snacking on fresh fruit! And what screams summer more than watermelon? The juicy goodness not only tastes amazing but it is packing some amazing health benefits as well!
1. Low In Calories and High In Vitamins
Considering the name of this summer staple snack you may think there’s not much more to it than water. It is true that it’s 92 percent water, but a 10-ounce (300-mL) wedge of watermelon packs in about one-third of the recommended daily value of vitamins A and C plus 9 percent of your daily value of potassium. And at a mere 46 calories per serving, (1 cup of scooped watermelon balls) it’s definitely a guilt free snack!
2. Soothes Sore Muscles
Drinking watermelon juice before a workout can help prevent next day muscle soreness. Watermelon is packed with the amino acid called L-citrulline, which the body converts to L-arginine, an essential amino acid that helps relax blood vessels and improve circulation.
3. Improves Heart Health
A study published at Florida State University proved that postmenopausal women experienced improved cardiovascular health after six weeks of taking commercially available watermelon extract supplements containing citrulline and arginine. Another study also proved that similar supplements lowered high blood pressure in middle-aged obese adults.
Next time you are hanging out pool side, snack on watermelon instead of chips to take advantage of these benefits from this delicious fruit!