Do you avoid tough workouts because of the inevitable painful muscle soreness that follows? Then you should try drinking some raw watermelon juice, according to a new study from the American Chemical Society.
The amino acid L-citrulline (and possibly the fruit’s natural antioxidants) appears to help repair muscle damage faster and reduce post-workout muscle soreness. Athletes have used fresh watermelon juice for years because of its reported ability to improve sports performance.
It’s also known as a “natural Viagra” that stimulates nitric oxide production and increases blood flow in the muscles. But this is the first time it’s been scientifically shown to help with exercise-induced muscle pain.
L-citrulline has also been shown to help lower blood pressure so the relatively rare compound obviously packs a wallop of health benefits. Its ability to accelerate the removal of lactic acid should, according to some experts, lead to better physical performance, higher-intensity training, and faster recovery after workouts.
Learn more here: Watermelon Juice Prevents Aching Muscles
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