Watermelon is one of those juicy, sweet fruits that everyone loves! I’ve never met someone who didn’t enjoy a slice of watermelon, especially on a hot summer day. This is mainly because even though it has a hint of sweetness, this fruit is mainly made up of water, so there’s not much to dislike.
If you’re one of those people who loves watermelon, you’re going to love it even more after you hear what we have to say! Not only is it tasty and hydrating, it’s also really good for us! Here’s a look at some of the incredible health benefits of watermelon…
1. Boost Immunity
Watermelon is able to boost our immune system by increasing the body’s levels of arginine. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition found that watermelon was capable of increasing levels of arginine, “an important amino acid that is used for the synthesis of nitric acid,” writes Dr. Axe. This helps dilate the blood vessels and keep the blood flowing which not only reduces the risk of high blood pressure, but also regulates the immune system.
Another way watermelon boosts the immune system is by providing vitamin C, “a key micronutrient that does double duty, acting as both an antioxidant and immune enhancer to keep your body healthy and ward off chronic disease,” writes the source. Another added bonus is that antioxidants help fight against free radicals which cause inflammation and they protect the cells from oxidative damage and stress.