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Fareway Dietitian: Watermelon


Watermelon is about 92 percent water. Considering athletes need about 1 ½ ounces of fluid per pound of body weight each day, the natural sweetness of watermelon is a nice addition to a hydration routine.

Vitamins A and C are natural antioxidants, helping repair cells after wear and tear. They also provide some preventative benefits by helping reduce the risk of cancer.

Looking to improve your heart health? Potassium counteracts the effects of a high sodium diet, which can help lower resting blood pressure.

Watermelon helps restore fluids and electrolytes lost through perspiration (likely to happen when exercising outside in the summer).

Per cup, watermelon has about 10 grams of sugar, which can quickly be converted to glycogen in your muscles and liver. Why is that important? Replenishing your glycogen stores means you can exercise with ease during your next workout or bike ride.

L-arganine, an amino acid found in watermelon, has been shown to improve blood vessel and joint function. It also increase exercise tolerance and performance, so you can work harder for less energy expenditure.

Although vitamin B6 deficiency is uncommon, it is essential for energy production. Vitamin B6 is involved in both mechanisms that produce glucose and keep blood sugar from dropping too low, which is important when exercising for long periods of time.

Lycopene, the phytochemical responsible for watermelon's bright red color, has been linked to lower cancer risks, especially in the prostate, lungs and stomach.

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