Why You Should Drink Watermelon Juice After a Workout

The amazing health benefits of watermelon juiceNot sure what to eat or drink after a workout to make that muscle soreness go away? Try watermelon juice.

Watermelon juice is already popular among hardcore athletes. They have long praised its helpfulness in enhancing athletic performance. Others just love watermelon for its refreshing taste. Now research has confirmed that juice from watermelons can also be beneficial for relieving post-workout muscle soreness.

The reason is that watermelons contain the amino acid L-citrulline. It is thought that L-citrulline may help improve the supply of vital ingredients the body needs to make certain proteins, perhaps those which aid in post-workout recovery.

Watermelons are already known as a natural diuretic, which his helpful for weight loss and body building. It contains antioxidant properties and is the best source of lycopene of any other fruits or vegetables.

In addition to post-exercise recovery, watermelon is known for helping to improve blood flow and lower blood pressure. The amino acid L-citrulline has also been used for the prevention of, treatment of, or symptoms associated with: heart disease, Atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, fatigue, erectile dysfunction, and canker sores.

The study was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Here are some fun ideas for using watermelon juice in creative ways:

How to Make a Watermelon Keg
Watermelon Ice Cubes
Watermelon popsicles
Watermelon smoothies
Watermelon Lemonade
Watermelon Green Tea Punch

Watermelon juice, anyone?

 

Please note that this post is intended to share information and ideas, as well as to create conversation. Please consult a medical professional before making changes to your lifestyle.

Sources:  University of Kentucky, Prescription for Dietary Wellness, Web MD, Watermelon.org, Purdue University

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