Drinking watermelon juice can relieve muscle soreness after exercise, new research suggests.
It is believed that the amino acid L-citrulline, which is found in watermelon, can cut an athlete’s recovery time and boost their performance. Watermelon juice has long been popular with sportspeople but scientists have now given them an excuse to continue indulging in the summer favourite.
In a report published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, the researchers explained that there had already been research to show that watermelon juice had antioxidant properties and the potential to increase muscle protein and enhance athletic performance. However, this was the first time that scientists had explored the effectiveness of watermelon juice that is enriched with L-citrulline.
The team, led by Encarna Aguayo at the Technical University of Cartagena, in Spain, tested natural watermelon juice, watermelon juice enriched in L-citrulline, and a control drink containing no L-citrulline. The drinks were given to volunteers an hour before exercise. Both the natural juice and the enriched juice relieved muscle soreness in the volunteers.
Source - Daily Mail