Watermelon juice has a reputation among athletes as an elixir that can soothe sore muscles—and according to a new study, this odd health trick may actually be effective.
It sounds too weird to be true, but scientists in Spain report that watermelon juice is rich in L-citrulline, an amino acid that may help ease muscle pain and improve recovery time. To conduct the study, which was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, researchers gave volunteers either plain watermelon juice, L-citrulline-enriched juice, or a placebo drink, an hour before exercise. The plain watermelon juice relieved muscle soreness best, possibly because naturally-occurring L-citrulline may be used more easily by the body.
Let’s take a closer look at some more quirky health tips that really work.
Whether you’re facing an important assignment at work, or prepping for a big exam, we all need to be extra sharp from time to time. Fortunately, research shows that a couple surprising practices may give our brains a helpful boost:
From pesky bugs to seasonal allergies in spring and fall, the outdoors don’t always leave us feeling refreshed. Keep these weird tricks up your sleeve when you’re trying to enjoy some fresh air:
First-aid kits are often stocked with tweezers and Tylenol, but there are quirkier remedies if you’re prepared to get creative:
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