One of my all-time favorite foods is watermelon! It’s kind of funny given the amount of foods that I have written about on my blog, that I have waited until now to discuss the health benefits of this yummy, juicy treat that's full of nutrients.
Watermelon is approximately 96% water, so during the summer it is a great way to increase fluid intake and to rehydrate after exercise. It is also high in Lycopene, which is a phytonutrient that is great for heart and bone health.
Watermelon is high in both flavonoids and carotenoids (powerful antioxidants) that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties. The lycopene is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and all the antioxidants help to reduce and repair the damage of free radicals.
Watermelon is high in beta-carotene and is a decent source of Vitamin C. 1 cup of watermelon provides 20% of the RDA of vitamin C.
Watermelon is high in the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arganine. Arganine has been linked to decreased blood pressure.
Watermelon is a good source of B vitamins, which are important for metabolism and energy production.
Watermelon is also high in vitamin A and along with the lycopene, this helps to reduce the risk of vision loss and eye-related disease.
Considering these health benefits, eat up and enjoy y'all!
In Wellness and Love,
Dr. Christopher Weaver DC, PAK is a Doctor of Chiropractic and Professional Applied Kinesiologist. He's published two books on health and Wellness.