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Perhaps nothing else screams summertime quite as much as a juicy, ripe watermelon. It s sweet and refreshing and adds a huge burst of color to just about everything.


But there is so much more to watermelon than meets the eye. Watermelon is simply bursting with numerous health benefits, too.


July is National Watermelon Month and it s no surprise why. Besides being tasty and super hydrating, watermelon is super healthy. Check out our list of 13 healthy benefits, and interesting facts, you never knew about this summertime treat.


1. Immune support, wound healing, and helps prevent cell damage 免疫保障,伤口修复,还能防止细胞损伤

Watermelons are surprisingly high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is great at improving your immune system by protecting our cells from reactive oxygen. Reactive oxygen damages our cells and DNA. Vitamin C has long been known to help heal wounds in the body and is essential to making new connective tissue. Enzymes involved in forming collagen, the main compound needed when wounds are healing, simply cannot function without Vitamin C. If you should find you are suffering from slow healing wounds, seriously up your consumption of vitamin C heavy fruit such as watermelon!

西瓜富含维生素C。维生素C 能通过保护我们的细胞免受活性氧的侵害,从而极大地保护你的免疫系统。活性氧会损坏我们的细胞和DNA。长久以来,维生素C都被大家所知是可以帮助修复体内伤口,是促生结缔组织的必需微量元素。如果没有维生素C,酶也是无法参与生成胶原蛋白的过程,而胶原蛋白是伤口修复很重要的一种化合物。如果你发现你的伤口一直没有好起来,那就赶紧多吃些富含维生素C的水果,比如西瓜!

2. Watermelon has more lycopene than tomatoes 西瓜比番茄富含更多的番茄红素

Just one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times more lycopene than a large fresh tomato. Why should you care? Lycopene is a super antioxidant, which is important for stopping those free radicals that damage your cells, mess with your immune system, and lead to advanced aging. Research shows that lycopene, which is found in most red fruits and veggies, helps fight against several types of cancer. To get the most antioxidants possible, store your watermelon at room temperature.


3. Relieves Sore Muscles 缓解肌肉酸痛

A study conducted in Spain discovered that drinking about 16 ounces of watermelon juice before working out had less muscle soreness, as well as a lower heart rate, within 24 hours.


This is attributed to a compound in watermelon called citrulline that has been found to improve the functioning of arteries and lower blood pressure overall. In fact, watermelon can relax the blood vessels so much; Texas A&M University says that watermelon is like the Viagra of the fruit world! Unfortunately, most of that citrulline is found in the green rind, not so much in the red flesh.


4. Supports eye health 保护眼睛健康

Watermelon is a fantastic source of beta-carotene, which your body will turn into vitamin A. Vitamin A helps to make the pigments in the retina of your eyes and this helps to protect you against macular degeneration.


5. Alkaline 西瓜是碱性的

When fully ripe, watermelons have an alkaline effect in the body. Eating plenty of alkaline forming fruits and veggies helps to reduce your risk of developing illness and chronic disease.


6. It s both a fruit and a veggie 它既是水果也是蔬菜

Almost unbelievable, but true! Like almost all fruits, watermelon comes from seeds but its roots can be traced to pumpkins, squash, and cucumbers. Talk about an overachiever!


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