Watermelon!!! Doesn’t it remind us all of the summers? Yes, most of us could relate watermelon as a perfect snack during summertime. A few summer memories would bring an instant smile to our faces like the smell while cleaving a watermelon and slicing them. This alone could quench our thirst in summers. Think about it and you can almost taste it, can’t you? Most of us love this juicy refreshing and flavorful fruit. And why not as it comes with tons of nutritional benefits Packed with vitamin, fibre and potassium. Worried about the sugar it contains? Do not worry, one cup of watermelon contains nine grams of sugar which is comparatively lower than other fruits like apple, banana or mango.
Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon is around 90% water, which makes it useful for staying hydrated in the summer. It can also satisfy a sweet tooth with its natural sugars. This fruit is also a good source of electrolytes which help you to stay hydrated and replace the minerals that are lost when you sweat.
- Vitamin C
Watermelon is also a delicious way to get your daily dose of vitamin C, with one serving containing about 16% of your day’s requirement. Vitamin C is regarded as one of the safest and most effective nutrients around and has been shown to improve immunity and overall health. Vitamin C plays a key role in helping your body form collagen, the protein that keeps our skin healthy and eyesight sharp.
Watermelon is a good source of potassium, which is absolutely essential for our bodies to function properly. Among other things, low potassium levels can lead to mental fogginess and confusion because, without adequate levels of this extremely important mineral, the electrical signals that drive the brain are interrupted. Choline is antioxidant in watermelon which helps to function early brain development, learning and memory, and muscle movement.
- Reduces Inflammation
Watermelons contain several phenolic compounds that are beneficial in reducing inflammation in the body and have been proposed as an alternative natural approach to preventing or treating chronic inflammatory diseases.
- Anti-cancer nutrient
Watermelon can credit its gorgeous pink-red hue to the antioxidant lycopene. Researchers have studied lycopene and other individual plant compounds in watermelon for their anti-cancer effects. Watermelon alone won’t safeguard your health, but the nutrient can play a helpful role as part of an overall healthy diet.
- Post-workout snack
After a workout, your muscles need to replenish their glycogen stores as part of proper recovery. “Watermelon has useable carbs, plus magnesium and the amino acid L-citrulline, which is involved in healing and exercise recovery,” say experts.
Watermelon contains 90% water and a small amount of fibre both of which are important for healthy digestion. Fibre can provide bulk for your stool, while water helps keep your digestive tract moving efficiently. Eating water-rich and fibre-rich fruits and vegetables, including watermelon, can be very helpful for promoting normal bowel movements.
So go ahead, and hydrate yourself during summer vacation with a bowl full of watermelon slices or watermelon juice or a mojito. Wait until your watermelon is fully ripe before you enjoy your perfect anytime treat.
Hetal Trivedi ( Yoga Expert )