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Watermelon Juice Rich In Specific Amino Acid Relieves Muscle Soreness After Exercise

August 14, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
Researchers in Spain who tested the effects of watermelon juice on people who exercised found that it actually reduced post-exercise muscle soreness. The effect is probably due to an amino acid known as L-citrulline in the juice. Researchers tested natural juice, juice enhanced with L-citrulline and a placebo drink. Both the natural and enhanced versions of the juice relieved muscle soreness, but the L-citrulline in the natural juice seemed to be more bioavailable – i.e., in a form the body can use more easily.
Martha P. Tarazona-Díaz et al., "Watermelon Juice: Potential Functional Drink for Sore Muscle Relief in Athletes", Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, August 14, 2013, © American Chemical Society
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