Athletes have long been known to come up with some pretty creative food and beverage solutions (pickle juice, anyone?), but new research suggests one homemade remedy for muscle soreness may have science on its side.
In a very small new study, researchers monitored seven athletes after intense exercise. On different days, the athletes had been given watermelon juice, enriched watermelon juice or a placebo drink before their workouts. The athletes reported less muscle soreness on days they drank watermelon juice.
... "Drinking it may help your muscles get more oxygen, which means they can repair themselves faster," Women's Health reported.
The study is the first to examine the difference between naturally-occurring L-citrulline and the amino acid in supplement form. The authors write that the L-citrulline in the natural watermelon juice seemed to be more bioavailable, meaning the body could use it more easily.
An experiment among seven athletes may not paint the whole picture; further research is definitely still needed. But with 92 percent water, lycopene, beta carotene, vitamins A and C and very few calories, a little pressed watermelon juice certainly couldn't hurt!