As a child, remember how you were scared whenever you swallowed watermelon seeds? The adults would tell you a watermelon tree was going to begin growing. You believed them. As you grew, you felt stupid for believing something like that could ever happen, but then, you were a kid, kids believe anything. Still though, the realization that you were just taunted has not made the thought of eating a watermelon seed savoury either. Infact, you would probably frown if you came across a seed while chewing your fleshy red and sweet pulp. But did you know that a watermelon seed is one of most nutritious variety of seeds? Of course you probably didn’t. So when you spit the tiny brown seeds out, you’re eluding yourself of the entire nutritional benefits of the watermelon fruit. As a matter of fact, these seeds could even be snacked on! You would simply need to dry them for a while and have them roasted. This is even served as a snack in several parts of the world. They’re also used in garnishing salads and in Nigeria they’re used in making wonderful soups. Oils are extracted from the seeds and could be used for the skin and hair.
They’re a rich combination of vitamins (Eg Vitamin B complexes like thiamin, folate, niacin) omega 3 fatty acids, proteins, phosphorus copper, magnesium, zinc, manganese, iron, omega 6 acids and more. They also contain calories and you would have to mind how much you take. Roughly six hundred grams of calories are contained in one hundred grams of the seed.
Reasons to Love Watermelon Seeds
Boosts Cardiovascular Health
Watermelon seeds are rich in magnesium which has wonderful effects on the cardiovascular health. It helps in regulating blood pressure and aiding healthy heart function. In aiding blood pressure regulation, you simply should dry and boil the seeds – the tea renders this benefit feasible. More specifically, magnesium is able to boost cardiovascular health because it is an important element in the body’s electrolyte balance. It could be dangerous for patients with cardiovascular problems to have electrolyte imbalance. Patients with a congestive heart failure are also aided by magnesium.
Cardiac death, cardiac arrests and cardiac arrhythmias could be remedied, prevented or their risks of occurrence lowered with regular intake of magnesium. The blood vessels also relax easily with the help of magnesium and calcium works more effectively with its presence
One study suggested that the antioxidant, vasodilatory and anti-inflammatory properties of the seeds are the reason they’re good for the heart. They also richly contain citrulline, a compound which has been efficient in the reduction of the blood pressure of the aorta, thus keeping the heart protected. It was also found useful for athletics in terms of energy and endurance. The seed extracts has also been found effective in lowering of cholesterol levels.
Zinc is another mineral that is good for the heart. It is responsible for the regulation of calcium in the cells of the heart. This is an important function as excess calcium in the heart cells can cause the heart to fail. This means that without zinc, calcium levels become dangerously irregular, thus we could say zinc protects the heart from failing.
Strengthen The Immune System
The seeds of watermelon are rich in iron. This is especially true for the roasted ones. Iron is important in boosting immune function. Vitamin B, also contained in the seeds are important for the same purpose. Even its magnesium content is useful for this purpose. A study was carried out to confirm the link of magnesium with the immune system. The rodents used were monitored and it was found that a deficiency in magnesium had strong linkings with an immune system being impaired. Magnesium has also been found to be protective against allergies, showing still how vital its role is to the immune system.
The calories in watermelon make them an important source of energy to the body. This function is especially important for athletes. However, you have to chew the seeds properly to get the best out of them. If you don’t, the seeds will just be excreted whole as it stays intact through the digestive tract. You could get the energy benefits whichever way you choose to snack on the watermelon either by roasting or raw.
Benefits for the skin
Apparently, eating the seeds of watermelon can be very beneficial for the skin. It is able to protect your skin from acne outbreaks, dullness and early aging signs. Not to mention its effectiveness in moisturizing the skin. Eating these seeds regularly causes the skin’s elasticity to stay intact, that’s how it is able to prevent aging signs like wrinkles and fine lines. If you want to have glowing and tender skin, this is your cue to eat the seeds regularly. You could also have the oil extracted and applied onto your face and watch your face stay free from acne and stay moisturized.
Benefits for hair
The hair requires a lot of nutrients to bloom. Protein, copper, iron and magnesium are some of them and the goodnews is that you will find these in the seeds of watermelon. Snacking regularly on them or extracting the oil for application will provide same benefits, the latter will just do the job quicker. The seeds will protect your hair from falling off or thinning. Protein causes hair growth to improve, split ends and breakage are handled by the magnesium. The production of the colouring pigment, melanin, is boosted by copper in the seeds. This means that watermelon seeds can improve your hair colouring, making your hair beautiful and a lot livelier.
Better blood sugar control
Watermelon seeds are remarkable for their reduced insulin resistance in the body. This is an extremely important function especially for diabetics .
Since controlling the blood sugar of a diabetic patient is very essential, using this watermelon seeds as part of the control is a very natural and healthy way to do so.
Promotes Male Fertility
The zinc property in the watermelon seed is important for the male
reproductive system according to a Chinese study.
It is the most abundant element in human tissues after iron. Zinc plays a major role in the male reproductive system as it displays a high activity at the molecular level. The results from studies confirms that a major characteristic of infertile men is that they possess lower levels of zinc in their seminal plasma. Manganese are another important mineral in the watermelon seed. According to research, infertility has also been showed to have strong links with manganese deficiencies.