Spotlight: Watermelon

W is for Watermelon

At over 90% water, the watermelon is a great summer refresher.

๐Ÿ‰ The watermelon originates from South Africa and is related to the cantaloupe ๐Ÿˆ, pumpkin ๐ŸŽƒ and cucumber ๐Ÿฅ’

๐Ÿ‰ Fat free, low salt and low in calories – the watermelon is a great snack

๐Ÿ‰ Watermelons contain high levels of Lycopene, a phytonutrient linked with heart and bone health

๐Ÿ‰Watermelons contain citrulline, a non-essential amino acid that increases blood flow and research suggests it MAY help reduce muscle soreness after exercise

๐Ÿ‰ Watermelons also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and promotes skin and eye health

๐Ÿ‰ To get the most benefits from the antioxidants, wait until the watermelon is fully ripe, the redder, the better

๐Ÿ‰ Other vitamins and minerals found in watermelons are;
Vitamin A – for eye and skin health and to support a healthy immune system,
Vitamin B5 – for making blood cells, and converting food into energy,
Vitamin C – for skin health and immune function,
Copper – to help form red blood cells,
Potassium – for heart health and controlling blood pressure