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http://cen.acs.org/articles/91/web/2013/...scles.html

Before taking a long bike ride on a hot summer day, have some watermelon: The juicy fruit may ward off muscle pains. Researchers report that people who drank watermelon juice before exercising felt less sore the next day than those who drank a pink placebo beverage (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, DOI: 10.1021/jf400964r). They also found that cells absorb the presumed active ingredient, L-citrulline, more readily from unpasteurized watermelon juice than from plain water spiked with the compound, suggesting the natural source is the optimal delivery medium.

L-citrulline is an uncommon amino acid that, until recently, hasn’t gotten a lot of attention, says Encarna Aguayo of the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain. Scientists now recognize that L-citrulline has antioxidant properties and may enhance athletic performance, she says. For example, studies have shown that L-citrulline in supplement form accelerates removal of lactic acid from muscles, allowing for more intense training and faster recovery. Watermelon is one of the few natural foods with an abundance of L-citrulline, so Aguayo wanted to test whether the fruit’s juice could function as a sports drink.
First, the researchers purchased 10 seedless watermelons from a local market in Cartagena and juiced the fruit. They pasteurized some of the juice by heating it to 80 ?C. The rest was left unpasteurized. Pasteurization kills harmful pathogens, but it also can “reduce the bioavailability of many bioactive compounds, reducing the food’s functional properties,” Aguayo says.

Aguayo and her team measured the concentration of L-citrulline in the watermelon juice with high-performance liquid chromatography and mass spectrometry and then adjusted the concentration to a standard 0.685 mM. They also spiked water with the amino acid at the same concentration. The researchers then added the solutions to cultures of human colon cancer cells. After eight minutes, the researchers measured how much L-citrulline remained outside the cells. They found that cells bathed in the unpasteurized watermelon juice had absorbed 19% of the L-citrulline, while absorption from pasteurized juice and spiked water never got above 13% and 12%, respectively. Better absorption should lead to a more potent benefit, Aguayo says.

For the next test, the researchers recruited seven men who regularly played sports but were not competitive athletes. Each participant drank half a liter of one of three beverages: watermelon juice with 1.17 g of L-citrulline, watermelon juice enriched to have 5 g of L-citrulline, or a pink, fruity drink without watermelon or L-citrulline. The participants then cycled for 11 minutes, alternating between periods of intense pedaling and rest. The next day, the men who had drunk either type of watermelon juice reported essentially no leg soreness, while those who had imbibed the placebo reported feeling sore.

The take-home message from this study, according to Thomas Swensen of Ithaca College, is that it’s better to drink unpasteurized watermelon juice than to take an L-citrulline supplement. Swensen says the next step would be to see if drinking the juice helps athletes perform better the next day because they are less sore. Aguayo plans to tweak the concentration of L-citrulline in watermelon juice to determine the optimal concentration for the prevention of muscle fatigue.
Blacksplosivness..... chicken and watermelon= human rocket fuel

Our culture has known this for many years
Fucking LOL!

Well played Sir.
Damn, good article, need to incorporate more water melon, and possibly grape drink into my diet.
Do you eat enough leafy greens? I dont think you should need this at your age. Cant hurt to try plus watermelon is tasty as fuck (Assuming you can get fresh melon in Alaska or where your farms are)
Half a large watermelon for 25 baht my abo friend.
I don't get this watermelon and black people thing. I LOVE watermelon, ever since I was a kid. Who doesn't like watermelon? Personally, I don't know anyone who does NOT like watermelon. Why is it a black fruit now?
(07-29-2013 01:52 PM)ComeAtMeBRO Wrote: [ -> ]Blacksplosivness..... chicken and watermelon= human rocket fuel

Our culture has known this for many years

lol

I actually have L-Citrulline powder in my cabinet.

I'll have to stop by Whole Foods and pick up a big ole' watermelon tomorrow and mix them together in the Vitamix.
Even if it doesnt work it definitely cant hurt purely for the extra hydration and clean sugars. My coach eats 1KG of sweet fruit a night just for the anabolic effects of sugar. Dude is the Australian record holder for DL & BP.
Thats fucked EM but doesnt surprise me because we have a lime farm (hobby) up the coast here and cant sell the excess lime at the growers market because everyone wants to buy lime coated in wax for cosmetic purposes and longevity

I dont see the point of preserving "Fresh produce" the nutrient content reduce on a daily basis regardless of how well you preserve them.

Pickling is a different story. Thats some bro science for you!
Pickled eggs.
(07-30-2013 10:50 AM)EvilMaster Wrote: [ -> ]An interesting fact: Supermarket watermelons, are usually dehydrated before shipping. Removing the water weight, greatly reduces shipping charges. Once the watermelons hit the transit depot warehouse of the major supermarket chains. They are rehydrated and pumped full of food coloring to make them nice and red inside again. It seems the dehydration process turns them white inside, this also sucks out all the good stuff that makes watermelon healthy. What's left is basically dead food, devoid of nutritional value. On top of that, the fluid used to rehydrate them is regular unfiltered fluoridated tap water.

Nom nom.

How do they do this? I've never noticed a needle mark on my melons.
(07-30-2013 10:50 AM)EvilMaster Wrote: [ -> ]An interesting fact: Supermarket watermelons, are usually dehydrated before shipping. Removing the water weight, greatly reduces shipping charges. Once the watermelons hit the transit depot warehouse of the major supermarket chains. They are rehydrated and pumped full of food coloring to make them nice and red inside again. It seems the dehydration process turns them white inside, this also sucks out all the good stuff that makes watermelon healthy. What's left is basically dead food, devoid of nutritional value. On top of that, the fluid used to rehydrate them is regular unfiltered fluoridated tap water.

Nom nom.

Complete nonsense.



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