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THE watermelon is a flowering plant that originated in northeast Africa, where it is found growing wild. They are tropical or subtropical plants, and need temperatures higher than about 25 °C to thrive. As well as tasting delicious, they have several health benefits.

Good for your heart

Watermelons owe their gorgeous red colour to the powerful antioxidant lycopene, just like tomatoes. In recent years, lycopene has being recognised by the scientific community as an especially important nutrient for cardiovascular health.

The consumption of lycopene-rich foods, like watermelon, have been connected to an improvement in blood flow by acting as a vasodilator, which widens the blood vessels, and have shown some ability to potentially lower LDL, aka bad cholesterol, making lycopene doubly good for your heart.

Improves athletic performance

Watermelon is a great source of citrulline, a non-essential alpha-amino acid that has been shown to enhance the utilisation of essential amino acids during exercise, and increase blood flow.

Consider including watermelon in your pre-and-post workout routines, because it can reduce recovery time after exercise, and help further increase growth hormone levels after resistance training.

Good for your bones

Another benefit of lycopene-rich foods is that they improve bone health by reducing oxidative stress, which can lead to bone problems, among other health issues. Lycopene may provide an alternative natural treatment for the prevention and management of osteoporosis, especially in post-menopausal women.

Keeps you hydrated

As its name would suggest, watermelon is full of water! But this fruit is also a good source of electrolytes which help you to stay hydrated, and replace the minerals that are lost when you sweat.

A natural diuretic

Watermelon is a natural diuretic which helps increase the flow of urine, but does not put undue strain on your body, unlike coffee or alcohol. Regular consumption of watermelon helps to ease strain on the kidneys, while your body eliminates excess fluids.

Reduces inflammation

Watermelons contain several compounds that are beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body, and have been proposed as an alternative natural approach to prevent or treat chronic inflammatory diseases.

Reduces brain fog

Watermelon is a good source of potassium, which is absolutely essential for our bodies to function properly. Low potassium levels can lead to mental fogginess and confusion, because, without adequate levels of this extremely-important mineral, the electrical signals that drive the brain are interrupted.

Improves immunity

Watermelon is also a delicious way to get your daily dose of Vitamin C, with one serving containing about 16% of your day’s requirement. Vitamin C is regarded as one of the safest and most effective nutrients around, and has been shown to improve immunity and overall health.

It gets better as it ripens

As the flesh of a watermelon ripens, and turns from white to pink to red, it doesn’t just get sweeter and more delicious, but also more nutritious, as the density of its antioxidants gradually increases.

Be sure to wait until your watermelon is fully ripe before you enjoy your perfect, anytime treat.

 

 

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