Watermelons not only have a refreshing taste, they are also good for your health. Discovery Health writes that watermelons are an excellent source of nutrients, including vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6, lycopene, potassium, and the amino acids citrulline and arginine. In a news release on Aug. 14, 2013, the American Chemical Society reported, Watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness.
The Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has reported that watermelon juice is a potential functional drink for sore muscle relief in athletes. A new study shows that watermelon juice can relieve post-exercise muscle soreness. This report attributes watermelon’s effects to the amino acid L-citrulline. Past research had already discovered watermelon juice’s antioxidant properties and its potential to increase muscle protein and enhance athletic performance.
In a new study scientists wanted to explore the effectiveness of watermelon juice drinks which are enriched in L-citrulline. Both the natural juice and the enriched juice were found to relieve muscle soreness. L-citrulline in the natural juice appeared to be more bioavailable, in a form which the body could better use. And so watermelons offer a myriad of valuable health benefits.