There are many benefits from eating watermelon. As the name implies, it contains a lot of water, approximately 92%. That can aid in hydrating you and keeping you feeling full longer. Most people who come to VIP 1 to 1 Fitness know we not only emphasize staying hydrated, but also eating healthy, nutritious foods. Watermelon can be a delicious part of the solution. Hydration is important for organ functioning, regulating body temperature and delivering nutrients to cells.
Watch out inflammation, here comes watermelon.
Long term oxidative stress can lead to inflammation and a lot of diseases are caused by inflammation, including heart disease and Alzheimer’s. That’s why consuming foods that are high in antioxidants is important. Watermelon is high in antioxidants, which include vitamin C, lycopene and antioxidants. In animal studies, two groups were fed an unhealthy diet, but one group’s diet was supplemented with watermelon powder. The group fed the powder had less oxidative stress and less inflammation.
Watermelon has phytonutrients that may reduce the risk of cancer.
The lycopene in watermelon is more than just an antioxidant, it also has anticaner benefits. However, watermelon also contains cucurbitacin E, which also has anticancer benefits. Studies vary, so some studies show it reduces the risk of prostate and colorectal cancer due to the lycopene, while others don’t draw those conclusions. Cucurbitacin E in watermelon is thought to slow the growth of tumors by encouraging autophagy, which is the process where the body eliminates damaged cells.
Lycopene is also important for eye health.
Lycopene helps reduce inflammation and oxidation, which may make a big difference in your vision, especially if you’re older. Age-related macular degeneration—AMD—is a relatively common ailment in seniors and often leads to blindness. Increasing the amount of the antioxidant lycopene may help. The antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties of the lycopene in watermelon may help prevent AMD and eventual blindness.
- Eating a slice of watermelon is like drinking vitamin water. Watermelon contains vitamins A, B6 and C, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium. It has a small amount of protein, fiber and healthy fat.
- Have some watermelon for a workout snack. Not only does it hydrate you, but it also contains citrulline. Citrulline is an amino acid that can improve your performance when you exercise, boost recovery and help prevent muscle soreness. It may also lower blood pressure and aid with metabolic health.
- The vitamin C and A in watermelon improve skin health. The vitamin C helps make collagen to prevent wrinkles and keeps your hair strong. Vitamin A helps with skin repair.
- The fiber and fluid in watermelon can also help improve digestion and make it easier to have a bowel movement. That can help reduce bloating and the discomfort of constipation.
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