Much is known about the watermelon. We all know of its nutritious benefits, added to the fact that it is a pretty sweet fruit/vegetable. However, less is known about the watermelon seeds. This is maybe because we usually throw them away, or just swallow them together with the deliciousness. Have you ever taken a minute to ask what those seeds may mean to you and your health?
Maybe you never knew, but the watermelon seeds are pretty nutritious, just as much as the watermelon itself. They are a rich source of essential proteins, vitamins B, B3 (niacin), B1 (thiamine), fatty acids, minerals, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc, folate, copper, potassium, iron, and manganese. Just chew them and enjoy the aforementioned contents.
Also, did you know, it is possible to extract oil from these seeds. The oil can be used on skin and hair, and it is very beneficial.
The watermelon seeds are rich in linoleum and oleic acids. They are beneficial for the skin as they provide a healthy glow to the skin. The seeds’ extracts also help in moisturizing the skin.
They are high in antioxidants and oils that prevent aging as well as giving the skin the elasticity it needs to prevent aging degradation.
The seeds will also help in keeping the skin soft, well-toned, hydrated, firm as well as preventing acne and other skin issues as they contain unsaturated fatty acids. They will also fight and prevent skin infections and skin cancer.
Furthermore, watermelon seeds can eliminate grease, sebum and dirt that accumulates in the pores. The dirt results in dull appearance of the skin, blackheads and acne.
As previously stated, watermelon seeds are a rich source of proteins, which provide health and shine of the hair. They can also help in strengthening your hair as they contain the essential amino acids like lysine, tryptophan, arginine and glutamic acid to do so.
Apply watermelon seed oil on your scalp to stimulate hair growth, provide shine and vitality, as well as support the scalp’s health.
Melanin, the pigment that provides color to the skin and hair, will be boosted by the copper present in the watermelon seeds. Consume the seeds while roasted to enjoy this effect.
Watermelon Seeds in General:
They help in sharpening the memory, at the same time promoting fast recovery from diseases. The proteins and amino acids present are crucial in the growth and repair of muscles, connectivity tissues and enzyme production.
If you boil a handful of the seeds in a litre of water while covering the pot, the beverage, if consumed daily, can help in treating diabetes.
100g of watermelon seeds contain 139% of the recommended daily requirement. Magnesium is important as it is needed for the normal functions of the heart, regulates blood pressure, supports metabolic processes.
The seeds contain some essential amino acids that the body itself cannot produce, like lysine and agrarine. Consume some and enjoy the benefits. Agrarine helps both the cardiovascular system, metabolism and sexual health. Lysine aids in the absorption of calcium for collagen formation and the formation of connective tissues.
Healthy blood, healthy immune system and a healthy nervous system can be achieved through consuming watermelon seeds as they have vitamins like folate, niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and vitamin B6.
Being rich in proteins, they can help fight protein-deficiency issues, like marasmus and kwashiorkor.
Male fertility can get some boost by these seeds as they contain lycopene.
The seeds, as earlier stated, contain oil. The oil has 50g of fat, constituting about 80% of the daily recommended value. The oil is about 20% saturated fat and the rest makes up the monounsaturated and polyunsaturated omega-6 fatty acids. As such, the seeds are rich in energy.
So, do not throw these seeds away. Consume them in whatever manner as each will do something positive in your body.