Watermelon helps lower blood pressure and improve circulation.
L-citrulline, a natural substance in watermelon (particularly in the white part of the rind), has been shown to improve artery function and lower blood pressure by helping blood vessels relax, which opens up circulation.
L-citrulline’s impact on blood flow is also the reason watermelon has been deemed “nature’s Viagra.” (Viagra eases erectile dysfunction by increasing blood flow in the penis.) Research also shows that L-citrulline may improve muscle oxygenation and athletic performance during endurance exercise.
Contains a whole lotta nutrients.
One serving of watermelon (1 cup) will get you 21 percent of your daily recommended Vitamin C intake and 18 percent of your Vitamin A. Add some peppers, broccoli, or brussels sprouts to your day, and you might be able to finally kiss your vitamin gummies goodbye.
Cardiovascular & Bone Health.
The lycopene in watermelon is especially important for cardiovascular health and is now being recognized as an important factor in promoting bone health. Consuming watermelon has also been correlated with improved cardiovascular function because it improves blood flow via vasodilation (relaxation of blood pressure) and is rich in potassium which helps to retain calcium in your body, resulting in stronger bones and joints.
It can lead to healthy weight management.
Watermelon may help support healthy weight management when it’s consumed in place of a processed sweet snack. A 2019 study from San Diego State University looked at satiety and weight changes after a four-week intervention in overweight and obese adults. During the study, one group was asked to consume two cups of fresh watermelon daily, while a second group ate low-fat cookies that had the same number of calories as the watermelon. Participants were allowed to consume their respective snacks any time of day, during one or multiple sittings, or either alone or in combination with other foods.
May support eye health.
The lycopene in fruits like watermelon is legit when it comes to a lot of aspects of your health. That includes your peepers since lycopene prevents against oxidative damage and inflammation in several parts of your eyes. As a result, research suggests the lycopene in watermelon may prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common eye problem that can happen with age. If untreated, AMD can cause blindness. Though more research is needed to know for sure, lycopene-rich watermelon’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties may prevent AMD from getting worse or developing in the first place.