Who doesn’t love watermelon??? Well, now you have another reason to love this delicious fruit even more. There already is significant support that watermelon juice is a strong antioxidant and can increase muscle protein and enhance athletic performance. A study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry suggests that watermelon juice can relieve post-exercise soreness.

Watermelon juice’s reputation among athletes is getting scientific support in a new study, which found that juice from the summer favorite fruit can relieve post-exercise muscle soreness.

There has definitely been a lot of recent buzz among athletes and fitness professionals about watermelon juice relieving post-exercise soreness. Watermelon juice relieve post-exercise soreness secondary to the effects of an amino acid, L-citrulline.

Courtesy of http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/jf400964r

In this study, Encarna Aguayo and his colleagues gave some participants watermelon juice enriched with L-citrulline, and then gave other a control drink without L-citrulline an hour before exercise. As you probably already guessed, those who received watermelon juice with L-citrulline reported lower rates of muscle soreness.

Researchers hypothesize that L-citrulline increases the rate of lactic acid removal, which allows you to exercise longer without feeling the “burn.” Quick removal of lactic acid may be the reason why watermelon juice  reduces post-exercise soreness.

What Should I Do?

The main take home point is that natural fruits and vegetables are better than processed supplements. Simply, fruits and vegetables are rich in nutrients and antioxidants that promote health in ways we are just beginning to realize. As far as watermelon is concerned, it is definitely a healthy fruit to include in your diet for a variety of reasons. 

Do you need to eat it or drink watermelon juice before every workout?

Not necessarily. But if you are looking for an edge in your workout or competition, why not try a bit of watermelon juice?

I will…