Growing up, watermelon was one of my favorite treats on a hot summer day.
Juicy and sweet, the pink fruit could quench my thirst almost as much as a glass of water.
Little did I know then, watermelon was doing a lot more for my body than just satisfying my dry mouth.
That’s because watermelon is packed with health-boosting vital vitamins, minerals and other nutrients.
This potent nutrient is found in abundance in watermelon.
Your body uses citrulline to create arginine — an essential amino acid that plays a role in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels.
Watermelon’s citrulline content is also thought to help metabolic syndrome. Which is a condition characterized by elevated blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels.
One preliminary study found that overweight subjects with diabetes saw improvements in their metabolic syndrome after consuming watermelon pomace juice.
In addition to citrulline, watermelon is also loaded with antioxidants, particularly lycopene, lutein and beta carotene.
(Lycopene is what gives watermelon it’s reddish pink color.)
Health experts believe that the fruit’s high antioxidant content is the reason watermelon consumption has been associated with less disease.
One study even found that greater watermelon intake was linked with a lower risk of cancer.
You might be surprised to learn that watermelon is also a decent source of protein. That is, if you eat the right part.
You see, the seeds of the watermelon are actually packed with protein.
So instead of spitting them out… save them.
Eat them raw, or bake them with a little olive oil and sea salt for a protein-boosting snack.
Ever felt a little bloated from water retention?
Watermelon can help here too, due to its high water content.
It may seem counterintuitive to eat foods with a lot of water if your body is retaining water, but it’s true.
Retaining water is your body’s way of fighting dehydration.
So, if you eat foods that contain a large amount of water… like watermelon… your body will naturally start to flush out the liquids that cause bloating.
You can usually find watermelon in markets well into the fall.
Heck, some places may even have it year-round.
Slice it. Cube it. Ball it.
No matter how you serve up watermelon, your body will benefit… and your taste buds will be happy, too.