Watermelon rind is incredible for your skin, hair, and nails. You don't want to miss out on this deliciously sweet fruit's health and beauty benefits.
Many people are surprised to learn that a large percentage of watermelon's health and beauty benefits are found in the rind. Because most people discard the watermelon rind, they miss out on many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and enzymes. Don't let that be you. Let's look at how this commonly tossed part of the fruit can benefit your skin, hair, nails, and overall health.
What is Watermelon Rind?
The watermelon rind is the white and green part of the watermelon. The rind is not as sweet as the watermelon itself; however, it is crunchy and has a unique taste. Watermelon rind has a wide variety of nutrients, but the all-star of this fruit you will soon learn about is its rich citrulline concentration. Citrulline is a non-essential amino acid responsible for various health and beauty benefits.
#1 Skin Health
Watermelon rind contains excellent skin benefits because it is a top antioxidant food that lowers free radicals and oxidative stress. Lycopene is most notable for skin health. This antioxidant can help to protect the skin from UV damage from the inside out. Protecting your skin from sun damage from the inside out is an excellent way to minimize the signs of premature aging.
Watermelon rind also contains a large amount of Citrulline, an amino acid responsible for relaxing blood vessels and increasing the blood flow necessary for healthy and glowing skin. Watermelon rind is also an incredible source of vitamins A & C. Vitamin C is essential for supporting collagen synthesis, and vitamin A are necessary for maintaining healthy cells and protecting the skin from damage.
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#2 Hair Health
The rich concentration of Citrulline found in the watermelon rind is converted to arginine in the body. Arginine is a precursor for nitric oxide, which supports blood vessel dilation. Optimal blood flow to the scalp is the foundation for healthy hair.
Watermelon is also an excellent source of hydration. A hydrated body is essential for healthy hair. Think of your hair as a garden that needs watering every day. Watermelon is the perfect beauty food rich in water and vitamins.
Related article: "Natural Beauty Tips for Healthy Hair from a Licensed Cosmetologist."
#3 Can Support Immunity
Watermelon rind is rich in vitamins A, C, Potassium, Vitamin B6, and Zinc, all necessary for supporting immune health. One cup of watermelon rind offers 30% of the daily requirement of vitamin C.
#4 Supports Digestion
Watermelon rind is rich in fiber. A diet that consists of daily fiber supports better bowel health, elimination, and detoxification. A healthy gut is a foundation for a healthy body and the absorption of vitamins and minerals.
#5 Can Support Weight Loss
Because watermelon rind is rich in fiber and Citrulline, it helps keep you fuller for extended periods, aiding in weight loss.
#6 It Can Reduce Blood Pressure
Many studies have shown a correlation between L-citrulline and blood pressure levels. Citrulline helps increase vasodilation, supporting blood flow throughout the body and reducing blood pressure.
#7 May Improve Athletic Performance
Watermelon rind contains a rich concentration of Citrulline, which has been shown to improve athletic performance. Citrulline is said to increase oxygen in muscle tissue and increase exercise capacity. L-citrulline helps the body produce more ATP, which can increase energy. Increased ATP (an energy production molecule) can also relieve fatigue and muscle soreness after workouts.
#8 It May Act As An Aphrodisiac
The rich concentration of L-Citrulline found in the rind of the watermelon has been shown to increase nitric oxide production, which relaxes blood vessels and allows more blood flow throughout the body. Some people call watermelon rind the "natural viagra."
How to Enjoy Watermelon Rind
Watermelon juice is one of my favorite healthy skin drinks to make. As a Hispanic woman, I adore making agua fresca regularly. In Spanish, agua fresca means "fresh water." Traditionally this Latin American drink is made with fresh fruit, water, and a sweetener. I prefer to make it with just fruit and a little bit of ice. I always add the watermelon rind for extra healthy skin benefits.
1/4 large watermelon
3-5 large ice cubes
Cut the watermelon into cubes and add to a blender
Slice the watermelon rind (white part) as closely as possible to the outer rind and add to the blender.
Add ice, blend, and enjoy!
Add to a fun glass. I like using a martini glass.
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Watermelon Rind Gazpachpo
Try a watermelon gazpacho recipe such as the one featured in EatingWell here
It's loaded with flavor and a wide variety of health benefits. The sweet and savory soup is perfect for warm summer nights.
Add to Smoothies
Watermelon rind is a perfectly healthy addition to any smoothie. It will provide many nutritional benefits and will not change your smoothie's taste. Simply slice and add to a smoothie for a boost of vitamins and minerals.
Whether you eat or drink watermelon rind, ensure, to include it in your health and beauty routine. Beauty from the inside out is the foundation for healthy skin, hair, and nails throughout your lifetime. Cheers to natural beauty and wellness.
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