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

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.