It is the ideal summer food. Think of picnics and this tasty treat comes to mind. As if you needed another reason to consume this fruit. . . .
New research reveals that when it comes to improving your body composition and preserving muscle over time, rind matters. Watermelon is rich in the amino acid L-Citrulline which has a profound effect on body composition. This substance has an amazing ability to slow the aging process, particularly as it relates to muscle mass. That is, Citrulline helps to maintain strength and shape despite Father Time’s attempt to do otherwise.
Normally as a person ages, the number of mitochondria (powerhouse of cells) starts to decrease. This causes muscle mass to decline and often is replaced by, you guessed it, fat.
However, watermelon juices up the production of regenerative proteins that build muscle and repair mitochondria, allowing them to produce more energy and burn fat.
I go into even more detail about how to use watermelon and even prepare a portion of it for very specific reasons in Dr. Orman’s Wellness School’s mini-course on “How to Prepare for Summer” which can be ordered HERE.