National Watermelon Day: 4 Benefits Of Drinking Its Refreshing, Hydrating Juice

Thought to have originated in southern Africa, watermelon is a delicious and refreshing fruit. It is very characteristic of summer, especially for its low caloric levels, containing only 46 calories per cup, and high levels of hydration, vitamin C, vitamin A and many healthy plant compounds. Watermelon fruit is 91% water, contains 6% sugars, and is low in fat.

Growing in tropical and sub-tropical areas worldwide, this fruit is a special kind of berry. The sweet, juicy flesh is usually deep red to pink, with many black seeds. The fruit can be eaten raw or pickled and the rind is edible after cooking.

In 2007, the Oklahoma State Senate passed a bill declaring watermelon as the official state vegetable, with some controversy about whether it is a vegetable or a fruit.

People from Botswana, Namibia, Angola, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Lesotho and South Africa, known as Bushmen or San, consume the fruit for its nourishment properties, allowing survival on a diet called tsamma for six weeks.
 

  • Benefits of drinking Watermelon juice:
  1. Watermelon juice is scientifically proven to aid in rapid re-hydration and athletic recovery.
  2. Watermelons contain Vitamins A, B, and C. These vitamins are essential for many functions, including proper immune system function, skin health, and increased metabolism.
  3. Watermelon is one of the few natural foods with an abundance of L-citrulline, an amino acid that reduces muscle soreness after workouts and may reduce high blood pressure.
  4. Watermelons contain 4 times the amount of Lycopene of a tomato, a powerful antioxidant.

Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that help to prevent cancer and keep your heart healthy. So if you are looking for a unique juice blend that offers increased levels of hydration, is packed with antioxidants and essential nutrients, like Lycopene and Vitamin C, you can try the TSAMMA Watermelon + Coconut Water Blend. This blend is an ideal performance hydration drink and can even been served as a cocktail. Find two recipes below: 

Watermelon Juice Cocktails

  • TsammaRITA

INGREDIENTS

Watermelon

Tequila

Triple sec

Fresh squeezed lime juice

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the ingredients in a blender with ice.

  • TsammaOSA

INGREDIENTS

Watermelon juice

Champagne

DIRECTIONS

Mix all the ingredients in a Champagne glass.

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Shirley Gomez has been exposed to many aspects of the art world. Besides being a Fashion Journalist, she studied Fashion Styling and Fashion Styling for Men at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Interior Design at UNIBE and Fashion Design at ITSMJ Fashion School in the Dominican Republic. She worked as a Fashion Journalist, Fashion Stylist and Social Media Manager at one of the most recognized magazines in the Dominican Republic, Oh! Magazine, as an occasional Entertainment Journalist, of the prestigious newspaper “Listín Diario”, as well as a fashion collaborator of a radio show aired in 100.9 FM SuperQ. When Shirley is not writing you can find her listening Demi Lovato or Beyonce's songs, decorating her apartment or watching Family Feud.