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Study: Watermelon Juice Enriched with Pomegranate Shows Promising Athletic Benefits

Thu 22 Jun 2017

Study: Watermelon Juice Enriched with Pomegranate Shows Promising Athletic Benefits

A new study from Spain has shown that watermelon juice enriched with l-citrulline and pomegranate extracts may help to reduce muscle soreness post-exercise. The research was published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Study Details

For the study, researchers recruited nineteen men aged between 18 and 30 to participate in the double-blind, randomised crossover study. Participants were randomly assigned to consume a single dose of four test drinks which included: watermelon juice; watermelon juice enriched with citrulline; watermelon and pomegranate juice enriched with citulline and ellagitannins; and a placebo. Before the participants moved into a different group, the researchers waited one week to ensure nothing remained in their system to affect the results.

Participants were required to take part in a physically intensive squat exercise and report muscle soreness afterwards. The results indicated that the watermelon juice combined with pomegranate significantly reduced muscle soreness compared to the placebo, with no soreness reported after 48 hours.

The placebo showed that myoglobin and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) markers of muscle damage were higher than when participants drank the watermelon and pomegranate drink.

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