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The Health Benefits of Watermelon

One of my all-time favorite foods is watermelon!  It’s kind of funny given the amount of foods that I have written about on my blog, that I have waited until now to discuss the health benefits of this yummy, juicy treat that's full of nutrients.  

Watermelon is approximately 96% water, so during the summer it is a great way to increase fluid intake and to rehydrate after exercise.  It is also high in Lycopene, which is a phytonutrient that is great for heart and bone health. 

Watermelon is high in both flavonoids and carotenoids (powerful antioxidants) that are responsible for its anti-inflammatory properties.  The lycopene is also a powerful anti-inflammatory, and all the antioxidants help to reduce and repair the damage of free radicals.  

Watermelon is high in beta-carotene and is a decent source of Vitamin C.  1 cup of watermelon provides 20% of the RDA of vitamin C.

Watermelon is high in the amino acid citrulline, which the body converts to arganine.  Arganine has been linked to decreased blood pressure.

Watermelon is a good source of B vitamins, which are important for metabolism and energy production. 

Watermelon is also high in vitamin A and along with the lycopene, this helps to reduce the risk of vision loss and eye-related disease.

Considering these health benefits, eat up and enjoy y'all!

In Wellness and Love,

Dr. Chris

Prana Chiropractic and Wellness

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