Here’s Why You Should Eat Watermelon (And Other Melons) Every Day

Watermelon Lowers Inflammation

Chronic diseases occur through inflammation in the body. Fortunately, watermelon has two antioxidants, vitamin C and lycopene, which fight inflammation. In 2018, British researchers added vitamin C to a lycopene-rich juice and fed it to participants. The juice reduced inflammation, increased antioxidants, and lowered the participants’ risk of chronic disease.

Slices of watermelon
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The American Cancer Society credits lycopene with having at least twice the antioxidant power of beta carotene. While other carotenoids are converted to vitamin A in the body, which weakens their anti-inflammatory properties, lycopene is not.