Monday, 12 January 2015

Watermelon - Why Is It Good For Us?

Sometimes we get so used to hearing things, we forget why they are that way in the first place. For example, we know that fruit and veg are good for us, but why is that? Well, here are a few reasons that make watermelon good for us...

1. It has a high water content (over 90%)
We need water to survive but sometimes drinking it plain just doesn't cut it, so it's good to know a few slices of watermelon can help us stay hydrated when we get a bit bored of plain water.

2. It contains citrulline
Citrulline acts as an antioxidant, increases metabolism and reduces muscle pain/fatigue, making watermelon a great snack for after a workout.

Citrulline is the precursor for arginine, which is the precursor to nitric oxide (citrulline -> arginine -> nitric oxide)
Arginine has roles within the body that include promoting wound healing, improving kidney function and supporting the immune system.
Nitric oxide helps to support cardiovascular health and improve bone density

3. Lycopene
Another nutrient found in watermelon, lycopene gives watermelon its bright colour. It gets its fame from being able to prevent/reduce prostate cancer and for promoting cardiovascular health, but is also anti-inflammatory, and may reduce the risk of osteoporosis

This is provided purely as information, not medical advice - if you are unwell, please seek assistance from your healthcare professional.

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