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Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds

Updated on May 14, 2016
The top health benefits of watermelon seeds.
The top health benefits of watermelon seeds.

Naturally, we all go after the fresh, juicy and appetizing part of fruits in satisfying our demands. While the nutritional and diverse health benefits of most fruits are well established, little knowledge or information about the seeds of most fruits in our markets and kitchen is available to the public. In most cases, lack of research into the nutritional and health benefits of seeds has deprived the public vital information for years.

Just as fruits provide nutrients and have health benefits, the seeds of specific fruits have also been established to be very nutritious and provide the body with numerous health benefits. One fruit whose seeds contain numerous health benefits when consumed is the watermelon fruit, which happens to be one of the most popular fruits in the world. Its seeds have incredible health benefits when compared to the raw food.

Without wasting any more time, let us now delve straight into some of the most important health benefits of watermelon seeds.

Health benefits of watermelon seeds

Supplies the body with protein

The seed of watermelon has been established through research to have in stock rich protein needed for the body. A cup of dried watermelon seeds contains more than 30 grams of protein. Hence, parents in poorer developing economies with the prevalence of marasmus and kwashiorkor can use watermelon seeds daily as a source of protein for their malnourished children and other members of the family.


Supplies the body with fats

Research has also shown that the seeds of watermelon are loaded with a significant content of fat. This fat, unlike others, does not pose health risks when accumulated in the body. A cup of dried watermelon seeds contains 50 grams of fat, which constitutes about 80 percent of the recommended dose. There are a number of very essential fats in watermelon seeds, including omega-6 fatty acids and monounsaturated fats. Studies have shown that a fat such as omega-6 fatty acids can help in the battle against high blood pressure (hypertension).


Provides us with vital minerals

One major mineral found in the seed of watermelon is magnesium. Magnesium has been established by the US National Institute of Health to assist in the regulation of blood pressure and carbohydrate metabolism. Carbohydrate metabolism plays a very important role in blood sugar regulation. The other important minerals that the seeds of a watermelon contain include such minerals as Phosphorus, zinc, iron, sodium, copper, manganese and potassium, which are all important for our health.


Supports the hair and skin

Oil extracted from watermelon seeds are used by players in the hair and skin industry in making creams for the skin and hair products. The reason why watermelon seeds are often used in creams and hair products is simply because the oil from the seeds has great nourishing effects on the human skin. The watermelon seed oil helps in keeping the skin moisturized, soft, and well-toned.. When it comes to our hair, the oil from watermelon seeds also helps in promoting hair growth and keeping the hair strong and healthy, thereby preventing hair breakage. In addition to that, the oil also helps in keeping the scalp healthy.

Provides antioxidants

The worrisome signs of ageing that makes a forty five-year old appear like a seventy-year old woman or man can equally be treated with watermelon seeds. The seeds possess special antioxidants and oil which when applied to the skin makes it younger, healthier and more vibrant. According to many experts, consuming watermelon seeds daily helps address these skin concerns.


Helps the treatment of acne

There are several studies, which claim that the oil from the watermelon seed can help in preventing acne by removing sebum, dirt and grease that build up on your skin pores. Not only does this help in treating acne, but it also helps in getting rid of the dullness of your skin and making your skin looking fresh.


Helps in fighting skin cancers and other infections

Certain studies also claim that it is possible for some of the nutrients in watermelon seeds to prevent skin cancers and infections.


Helps in improving male fertility

Watermelon seeds also contain lycopene, a chemical good for improving male fertility. This the reason why many pharmaceutical industry players tap into the wonders of the watermelon seeds to solve the problem of infertility in male.



Plays a vital in the process of recuperation

Those recovering from prolonged illnesses can rely on watermelon seeds since it plays an important role in accelerating the recuperation process. It is for this reason why some doctors recommend patients recovering from certain illnesses to chew watermelon seeds.


Helps to sharpen the human memory

Regular consumption can help boost the power of the brain, especially in terms of retentiveness. If you therefore suffer from memory issues, I suggest you give watermelon seeds a try. Who knows, maybe it will help in improving your memory and boosting your brain power. Readers should note that although some people claim that regularly consuming watermelon seeds help in boosting brain power, there is however no solid scientific evidence to support the claim. But I still suggest you give it a try. What have you got to lose?

Watermelon seeds.
Watermelon seeds.

Conclusion

The above are just some of the top benefits of the watermelon seeds. More often than not, when we eat the watermelon fruit, we throw away the seeds. Somehow I hope that after reading this article, you will no longer take the watermelon seed for granted. I hope you will take your time to chew the watermelon seeds while you enjoy the juicy flesh of the watermelon.

But remember to chew the seeds very well before you swallow. It is never advisable to swallow watermelon seeds without thoroughly chewing them since that can lead to a number of problems, including issues with your appendix.

Sources

Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds: Livestrong.com

Best Watermelon Seed Benefits: Healthline.com

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      Dora Isaac Weithers 12 months ago from The Caribbean

      These are all very good reason to eat the watermelon seeds. The last reason you gave is in itself enough to make it worthwhile. I think I'll try it.

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