Watermelon is around 90% water, which makes it useful for staying hydrated. It contains only 46 calories per cup but is high in vitamin C, vitamin A and many essential compounds. It contains antioxidants, popularly known for their ability to remove molecules known as free radicals, or reactive species, from the body. The body naturally produces free radicals during life’s processes, such as metabolism.
Here are some benefits of consuming water melon
You’ll have a healthier heart
Watermelon is rich in citrulline, an amino acid that may help move blood through your body and can lower your blood pressure.
Your heart also enjoys the perks of all the lycopene watermelon contains. (Lycopene is a type of carotenoid that doesn’t change into vitamin A. This potent antioxidant gives a red color to plant foods such as tomatoes and watermelon and is linked to many health benefits).
It helps protect your joints
Watermelon contains a natural pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin that may protect your joints from inflammation. Some studies have show that over time, continuous consumption of water could make you less likely to get rheumatoid arthritis.
It helps boost your eye health
A medium slice of watermelon contains 9-11% of the vitamin A you need each day.
Vitamin A is know for its function in keeping your eyes healthy. Fruits are the best ways to get all the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.
It may help prevent cancer
Researchers have studied the relationship between lycopene and cancers of the digestive system.
Lycopene appears to reduce cancer risk by lowering insulin-like growth factor (IGF), a protein involved in cell division. High IGF levels are linked to cancer
In addition, cucurbitacin E has been investigated for its ability to inhibit tumor growth.
It helps your skin health
Vitamins A, B6, and C in watermelon help your skin stay soft, smooth, and supple. Because it’s loaded with water, melon also makes a great face mask.
Boosts Your Workout
Watermelon has a high water content, antioxidants, and amino acids which makes it a great drink to take during and after workout sessions. It’s high in potassium, a mineral that could cut down on cramps at the gym. Consumption of the drink can help prevent muscle soreness, as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
It is easy to Digest
If you have a digestive condition like Crohn’s or colitis, the list of what not to eat during a flare can be long. You can put watermelon on your “yes” list. Its soft, fleshy fruit is easy for even an inflamed gut to digest. (Just don’t eat the rind or the seeds if you need to limit fiber.)
Watermelon is a surprisingly healthy fruit. It has a high water content and lycopene, vitamin C and so many other nutrients making it a very healthy fruit.