There`s much more to watermelons than people`s fascination with carving images in them and their delicious taste. It`s no coincidence that the World`s Healthiest Foods website has placed watermelon in the same ranks as some superfoods like kale, pumpkin seed, salmon and walnuts. Here are some amazing watermelon health benefits that you probably didn`t know:
A watermelon is rich with a phytochemical called lycopene – a nutrient found in plant pigments linked with many health benefits. You have probably heard about it if you know a thing or two about tomatoes.
Lycopene has this amazing ability to prevent worsening of conditions like arthritis and lowering chronic levels of inflammation that often lead to serious health conditions, linked with smoking, stress and pollution.
In order to ingest a higher concentration of lycopene, experts suggest picking a watermelon with a darker shade when it’s ripe and the flesh has a deep red hue color.
Reduced Risk of Cancer
As shown in most studies the lycopene found in watermelon together with high levels of vitamin C can reduce the risk from developing certain types of cancer like endometrial, breast cancer, colon, and lung, prostate. Some researchers are even convinced that watermelon is an anti-cancer food.
Increased hydration levels
Can you imagine that 75% of all Americans are considered to be chronically dehydrated?! The absence of water in your system can lead from minor problems like headaches to more serious stuff like digestive difficulties, heat stroke, liver toxicity and ulcers.
Watermelon is a scrumptious alternative because it has a high water content, which is around 92%, perfect for people not willing to drink several glasses water a day. Besides the delicious and refreshing taste, it`s also an important compliment to your hydration efforts.
Beautiful Skin and Hair
Watermelon is known for its rich content of Vitamin C and also of Vitamin A. These two combined play an important role in ramping up the growth of collagen as well as of the elastin cells. In translation they make our hair shiny and our skin glow, and who doesn’t want that (except some big scary man maybe). With regular watermelon consumption the skin and hair will always be well-conditioned and moisturized.
Relief From Muscle Soreness
According to some reports from the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry drinking watermelon juice before working-out can diminish muscle soreness. This report is based on the fact that watermelon contains amino acids responsible for busting the blood circulation, and we know a good circulation reduces pain. So you might consider enjoying in a nice big juice piece of watermelon before going to the gym.
Eye Health Protection
Beta carotene, vitamin C, zeaxanthin and lutein are just few of the multitude of nutrients that are associated with keeping the eyes healthy. So basically when you’re eating watermelon you are protecting your eyes form glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, blindness and dry eye.
All of this health benefits are more than welcome but that doesn’t mean you should start eating watermelon all day, every day. Consuming too much of any food can often lead to some unwanted health setbacks, so try as much as you can to eat a wide range of fruits and vegetables as well as whole food.