Summer is coming to an end and so is the availability of a sweet summer favorite-watermelon. This delicious seasonal fruit is a mainstay in many households throughout the warmer months because it’s a great treat and excellent way to stay hydrated but it packs a good amount of health benefits in every bite as well.
It is 91.5 percent water so it’s great for keeping you hydrated which is especially important during the hot summer months. A study published in The Journal of Nutrition found that women with even mild dehydration experienced headaches, poor concentration, fatigue, and worse moods.

At 46 calories per cup, it’s a great snack for dieter’s and it offers 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C. Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps fend off free radical damage that causes cancer and other age related diseases. It is also key for a healthy immune system, promotes eye health, prevents cardiovascular disease , prevents stroke and prevents skin wrinkling.

Watermelon also contains Vitamin A which is another antioxidant that protects against cancer. It also strengthens “entry points” into the human body, such as mucous membranes, the lining of the eyes, respiratory, urinary and intestinal tracts, it is also essential for the lymphocytes, or white blood cells, that fight infection once in the body. Vitamin A is also helpful in promoting eye health, preventing skin wrinkling, maintaining a healthy reproductive system and maintaining strong bones and teeth.

The fiber content in watermelon helps us maintain a healthy digestive system, lowers cholesterol, helps maintain blood sugar levels, is important for weight management, providing energy and plays a role in maintaining healthy skin. It’s also important for preventing heart disease, stroke and kidney stones.
Watermelon also contains potassium which is the third most abundant mineral in the body. It provides relief from stroke, helps control blood pressure, promotes heart health, prevents kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, as well as enhanced muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolytic functions, and a healthy nervous system.

Watermelon contains an abundance of lycopene with just one cup offering 1.5 times more than a raw tomato. Lycopene acts as a super antioxidant, stopping free radicals from damaging your cells and compromising your immune system. Lycopene also protects agains heart disease and several types of cancer. It also prevents age-related macular degeneration, cataracts, aging of the skin, diabetes, osteoporosis and infertility.

Watermelon also contains a natural substance called citrulline that’s been tied to improved artery function and lower blood pressure. A study in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry found that drinking watermelon juice can actually be soothing after a workout. Athletes who consumed a little more than 16 ounces an hour before exercise had less muscle soreness and a lower heart rate within a day.

Aside from its’ sweet taste, there are plenty of reasons to fill up on this delicious treat before they go out of season.

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