I love a lot of things. I absolutely love watermelon. I love its super sweet flavor and cold crispiness. I love the how the colors of the fruit (or vegetable?! It’s both?!) contrast with one another. And you wouldn’t believe all that watermelon juice can do for you! I also love juicing my watermelon. I’m a big fan.
Not only does watermelon taste amazing but there are so many watermelon juice benefits! In this little documentary, I want to share with you exactly why I love this stuff!
Citrulline is converted into arginine, which is an amino acid that is essential for the improvement of blood flow and the relaxation of blood vessels. This can benefit your body by helping you to relax as well as giving more energy. I know it sounds counteractive, but it is true!
Arginine not only helps with heart health but is important for maintaining your immune system! If only watermelon was in season where I live during cold and flu season!
Another boosted benefit of citrulline is that it can help to reduce soreness after exercise! One study showed that it can reduce muscle soreness for up to 24 hours after a workout! I’m impressed.
The bright red color that watermelon dons can be attributed to lycopene. It is an antioxidant that helps to protect your cardiovascular system from free radicals (which can cause damage to your heart). Less than half of a cup of watermelon contains nearly 6,500 micrograms (or 6.5 mg) of lycopene!
This substance also can protect your skin from UV damage which leads to aging, wrinkles and skin cancers. Nobody has time for that!
Even more, research has shown that a higher intake of lycopene can help to reduce a number of other cancers as well, including pancreatic, lung, stomach, colon cancer and more.
Oh, I’m not done yet. Lycopene also decreases stroke risk!
Do I really need to convince anybody why this is a good thing?
Remember that citrulline stuff I mentioned before? It has also been found to help prevent the build up of fat in fat cells! This is done by the use of an enzyme known as TNAP, which is known for its involvement in fat storage.
Watermelon is high in vitamin C as well as a slough of beta-carotene which converts into vitamin A, when needed. Some B vitamins are found inside also.
As for watermelon’s best represented minerals, potassium, magnesium, iron and zinc are particularly helpful. The latter two are found in the seeds which can be extracted by juicing or blending.
Flavanoids, carotenoids (like beta-carotene and lycopene) and triterpenoids help to fight inflammation. Each of these are found in watermelon juice.
These anti-inflammatory effects are increased the more a watermelon is allowed to ripen!
Watermelon has a cleansing effect to rid your body of all sorts of things. Two main organs this helps are the bladder and kidneys.
If a bladder infection is present, watermelon juice can act on the channels in the bladder by encouraging urination, which helps to flush out infection.
As far as its ability to benefit your kidneys, ammonia and uric acid are two of its enemies that it helps to flush out of your system. Kidney stones also don’t stand a chance against this nutritional warrior.
If a kidney cleansing effect is what you are after, be sure to buy watermelons with seeds! The seeds have an even greater effect on kidney health.
I always use the cold pressed method for my juice. As you likely know, the cold pressed watermelon juice benefits outweigh traditional home juicing methods. I don’t know if you are like me, but I like to make the most of everything I put in my body!
As an added bonus, sometimes I like to add to my watermelon juice to change things up or to enhance the flavor. I have had success with adding:
Now is a good time to grab a watermelon and push it through your juicer so you (and your body) can enjoy these many, flavorful watermelon juice benefits!