6 Reasons Why Watermelon is so Wonderful

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By Stephanie Hatfield.

 

1. Helps Fight Cancer.

As an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer in several studies.

 

2. Helps Digestion and regularity.

Watermelon, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

 

3. Aids Hydration.

Made up of 92 percent water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration. It can also be frozen in slices for a tasty cold Popsicle-style snack.

 

4. Reduces Inflammation.

Choline - found in watermelon - is a very important and versatile nutrient; it aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.

 

5. Reduces Muscle soreness.

Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely due to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in watermelon.

 

6. Good for your Skin.

Watermelon is great for the skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production, which keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

 

Adequate intake of vitamin C is also needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Additionally, watermelon contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for healthy looking skin and hair. 

 

Loved by kids and adults alike, there's good reason (6 actually) to keep this summer barbeque staple on the table!!

 

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