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Thursday, June 08, 2017

6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

Story at-a-glance

  • Watermelon
    contains more of the antioxidant lycopene than fresh tomatoes; one cup
    of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene as a raw tomato

  • L-citrulline, an amino acid in watermelon, seems to protect against muscle pain

  • Watermelon
    rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline
    than the pink flesh; citrulline is converted to arginine in your
    kidneys, which is important for heart and immune system health

  • New
    research showed citrulline and arginine supplements derived from
    watermelon extract lead to significant improvements in blood pressure
    and cardiac stress in obese study participants

  • Watermelon
    contains cucurbitacin E, or tripterpenoid, which blocks the activity of
    the pain and inflammation-causing enzyme cyclooxygenase -- the same
    enzyme blocked by COX-2 inhibitor drugs

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