Sore Muscle Buster

May 20, 2014

If your legs feel like Jell-O after tackling a difficult petit allegro, try adding watermelon juice to your recovery routine. It naturally contains an amino acid called L-citrulline that’s known to reduce muscle soreness. Scientists in Spain gave a group of athletes 500mL, or about two cups, of watermelon juice and found that it helped reduce their recovery heart rate and muscle soreness after 24 hours. If you can’t find the juice at your local market, munching on a slice of watermelon will do the trick—and there’s sure to be plenty at this weekend’s Memorial Day barbecues.