Nothing says summer like a nice, big slice of sweet watermelon; however, you can enjoy the health benefits of watermelon all year long. Comprised of nearly 91% water this delicious fruit helps detox the body by flushing the system of toxins and excess fluid. Particularly love the juicy pieces of pink flesh? Go ahead and swallow the seeds and rind too! All is edible with the rind containing more chlorophyll and citrulline than the core. Dr. Mercola informs us that “citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions.” No need to list 100 health conditions. Just eat watermelon and know you pretty much have it all covered.
As for the nutritional content, let me give you a few more reasons to devour one of nature’s best summer desserts. Watermelon contains the following minerals and vitamins: vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B6 (stabilizes mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety, depression and low energy), magnesium (calms the mind), potassium, copper, manganese (keeps cognitive function humming and reduces PMS) and thiamine (vitamin B1).
The smart folks at Health Ambition had this to say about watermelon: “Eating watermelon or drinking the juice before heavy exercise can have an anti-inflammatory effect, according to this research. Watermelon is rich in flavonoids, carotenoids like lycopene and beta-carotene and other compounds that fight inflammation called triterpenoids.”
Watermelon is one big beneficial health bomb for the brain. So eat it whole, add it to a smoothie with cucumber and mint and drink it up or drop it into a pretty fruit salad. Take it anyway you like it and know with every bite you are nourishing your brain and body! If someone tells you the food you eat doesn’t impact your mood…send them a link to this article. Capeesh?!