It usually happens every summer.
I get obsessed with watermelon, and it just kicked in again this past week.
It is my favorite fruit, and it just seems to go hand in hand with summer, like Mungo Jerry.
But little did I know how good it was for your health.
Here are nine benefits of eating watermelon, according to an article by Kerri-Ann Jennings from HealthLine:
- Helps You Hydrate – watermelon is 92% water; no wonder it’s only 46 calories per cup
- Contains Nutrients and Beneficial Plant Compounds = there are many vitamins and minerals in watermelon, including vitamin C, carotenoids, lycopene, cucurbitacin E, and citrulline. Except for Vitamin C, I don’t know what any of those are, but I’ll take Kerri’s word that they are good for me.
- Contains Compounds That May Help Prevent Cancer – I guess this is where lycopene and cucurbitacin E comes in handy…
- May Improve Heart Health – once again, lycopene to the rescue, along with citrulline, vitamins A, B6, C, and minerals magnesium and potassium all help to keep your heart healthy.
- May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress – lycopene and vitamin C are what provide this benefit. This lycopene sounds like a miracle antioxidant…
- May Help Prevent Macular Degeneration – if you guessed because of lycopene, you would be right.
- May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness – finally, lycopene lets someone else do some work; this time it’s citrulline.
- Is Good for Skin and Hair – Vitamins A and C are important for skin and hair health. In addition, lycopene and beta-carotene may also help protect your skin from sunburn.
- Can Improve Digestion – Watermelon contains lots of water and a small amount of fiber — both of which are important for healthy digestion.
And I would add a tenth benefit.
10. Watermelon is a great way to satisfy your sweet tooth. When I am looking for something sweet to eat after dinner, watermelon satisfies that craving.
I wonder if lycopene has something to do with that also…