Don’t believe me?
You probably haven’t seen anyone biting down a watermelon rind like a carrot before.
But you might want to start doing so. Let me explain.
You see, the rind is rich in the amino acid L-CITRULINE. It has positive effects on your health…
· It increases nitric oxide (blood flow) – excellent for reproductive health.
· Lowers blood pressure – avoid strokes, heart attacks, and other serious health problems.
· Raises growth hormone levels – increase muscle size and strength. (Sureda et al., 2010).
And there’s more…
Watermelon rind also contains citrulluside H and citrulluside T.
They combat ultraviolet B radiation-induced matrix metalloproteinase expression through the scavenging of generated reactive oxygen species in human dermal fibroblasts (Itoh et al., 2021).
In simpler words, it can help you prevent sunburn damage.
But that’s not it…
Eating the watermelon rind can prevent fatty arteries.
It’s when fat, cholesterol, and other substances build up in the walls of arteries.
6 weeks of consuming watermelon puree improved soluble vascular cell adhesion molecule-1 levels.
It’s a marker connected to atherogenesis, independent of changes in body composition or glycemic control in obese and post-menopausal women.
One more thing…
This is important if you lift weights.
If you eat a couple of large chunks of watermelon before a heavy training session today, you’ll have less problems with sore muscles tomorrow.
This is because watermelon is a high-quality source of L-citrulline (Tarazona-Díaz et al., 2013).
Isn’t this impressive?
Watermelon is a versatile fruit.
Eating the rind may have further benefits to your health.
But watermelon isn’t the only fruit that can benefit your health...
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