Watermelon: Why it's da bomb
Remember those hot summer days when you were playing out in the backyard and your mom yelled, "Kids! Time for a snack break!", so you'd run over to a spread of bright pink watermelon, sliced up into perfect wedges, and you'd proceed to stuff your face while the juice ran down your chin and all over your favourite Star Wars/My Little Pony/Batman t-shirt? It turns out mom's refreshing snack was a really healthy choice for days like that, and in honour of National Watermelon Day (yep, it's a thing!) here are 3 reasons why watermelon is DA BOMB (da healthy bomb, that is).
Flex those muscles: Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called L-citrulline, which gets converted into L-argenine when eaten. Ok, so what? Well, I'll tell you what: L-argenine is known to improve blood circulation, and can help to soothe sore muscles. This means it helps improve recovery time in athletes (and in high energy, sweaty kids on hot days, so they can get right back into their high intensity game of cops and robbers without missing a beat).
Vitamins, vitamins, vitamins, and water: A wedge of watermelon (not too big, not too small, but just the right size, Goldilocks) has a third of our recommended daily intake of vitamins A & C. Both are good for skin & hair, and we all know vitamin C is a hero in immune function. (Grab some vitamin C for your face here). This fruit is also 90% water, which is of course why it's so darn refreshing and therefore hydrating.
We love watermelon with all our heart: This melon is a high-lycopene food, which makes it beneficial to our cardiovascular health. A study that gave participants watermelon-extract supplements showed a decrease in high blood pressure & improved overall heart health. Lycopene is also what gives the flesh of a watermelon its colour, which we thank lycopene for because it's such a cheery colour, no? Moreover, it works as an anti-inflammatory as well as an anti-oxidant. Who knew?!
Just don't eat the seeds, or else you'll grow a big ol' watermelon in your belly. 😉