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Watermelon’s Amino Acid Relieves Post-Exercise Muscle Soreness

September 24, 2013 by  

Athletes and others who regularly work out have begun recognizing that watermelon juice relieves post-exercise muscle soreness and helps the body recover faster after exercise.

A study recently published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry has found the science behind the relief the juice provides. It’s the fruit’s amino acid, L-citrulline.

Researchers took three test groups and gave one natural watermelon juice, one watermelon juice enriched with L-citrulline and one a control drink containing no L-citrulline, and had each of them consume their drink an hour before exercise.

Both the natural watermelon juice and the enriched juice relieved muscle soreness in the volunteers. Looking deeper, researchers determined the L-citrulline in natural (unpasteurized) juice was a form better processed by the body.

In addition to relieving muscles strain, watermelon juice has antioxidant properties and increases muscle protein, which enhances athletic performance.

Bob Livingston

is an ultra-conservative American who has been writing a newsletter since 1969. Bob has devoted much of his life to research and the quest for truth on a variety of subjects. Bob specializes in health issues such as nutritional supplements and alternatives to drugs, as well as issues of privacy (both personal and financial), asset protection and the preservation of freedom.

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