Watermelon Juice: About the Benefits

Nutritional Facts:

  • Watermelon contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes; one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato

  • L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, seems to protect against muscle pain

  • Watermelon rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh; citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, which is important for heart and immune system health

  • New research showed citrulline and arginine supplements derived from watermelon extract lead to significant improvements in blood pressure and cardiac stress in obese study participants

  • Watermelon contains cucurbitacin E, or tripterpenoid, which blocks the activity of the pain and inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase — the same enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs

  • Never discard the seeds or rind when juicing. These contain a crazy amount of nutrients.

  • The rind alone contains tons of chlorella and more of the amino acids citrulline than the flesh of the watermelon.

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