Source of lycopene
PerforMelon® watermelon powder is a concentrated source of the phytochemicals naturally found in watermelon. It has a refreshing taste, a natural sweetening ability and is a beautiful pink colour.
Watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family. The sweet flesh is a deep red to pink colour, due to the presence of the carotene pigment which is a type of phytochemical coming under the carotenoid family.
Watermelon contains electrolytes which help to restore optimal hydration levels. PerforMelon® offers a practical way of obtaining the hydrating properties of the watermelon on the go as it can easily be mixed with water and is therefore ideal for use in recovery blends.
Watermelon is a source of l-citrulline, an amino acid used in sports performance and cardiovascular health supplements for its role in improving endurance for both anaerobic and aerobic exercise, and relieving muscle soreness.
Watermelon is a source of the antioxidant lycopene, which is also found in tomatoes, red carrots and papayas and has been tested in human studies for its preventative health benefits. Research has demonstrated that increased blood levels of lycopene are associated with lower triglyceride and LDL-cholesterol levels which could lead to lowered risk of cardiovascular disease. There have been studies that have investigated the role of lycopene in protecting the skin from UV damage: participants were found to have 33% more protection against sunburn compared with the control group following the consumption of lycopene.
PerforMelon® watermelon powder is suitable for use in a wide range of products for the sports nutrition, healthy ageing, beauty from within, and drinks market. It is suitable for a variety of presentations including sports drinks, powder blends, capsules and tablets and post workout products.