Watermelon is one of the most demanding summer fruits. This huge fruit contains a lot of seeds which we either remove while slicing the fruit or spit out while eating. Actually, most of us are not aware of the health benefits of these nutritious seeds. Once you get to know the nutritional benefits of these seeds, you will be surely convinced to stop throwing and start storing them.
Watermelon seeds can be either dried up in the sun or roasted in a pan to be stored for a longer time.
Nowadays,these seeds are easily available in the market in attractive packaging. Instead of buying these nutritious seeds from the market, you can easily get them in a natural way by storing them at home during the season.
Nutritional facts -
Watermelon seeds are delicious as well as nutritious for overall health. They arefilled with various nutrients like protein (essential amino acids), dietary fiber, antioxidants, lycopene, healthy fatty acids (omega 3-omega 6), vitamins A, B1, B5, B6, biotin, B9, C, and minerals such as potassium, iron, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, copper, and magnesium.
Below are some amazing health benefits of watermelon seeds -
Heart health - Watermelon seeds are packed with essential amino acids, antioxidants, magnesium, and potassium, which are beneficial for a healthy heart. They help to manage blood pressure and protect the heart from serious coronary heart diseases such as atherosclerosis, stroke, etc.
Skin health - Watermelon seeds are rich source of healthy fats, antioxidants, vitamin C and A. They play an important role in improvingthe skin texture and enhancing skin’s elasticity while preventing early signs of aging. Apply the extracted oil of watermelon seeds on the face to reduce acne, pimples, and scars.
Strong hair - Daily consumption of roasted watermelon seeds increases the intake of protein, copper, and biotin which helps in the fast growth of hair. Combine watermelon seeds oil with coconut oil (or any other oil) and apply or massage it on the scalp. This practice will improve the strength of the hair while preventing its breakage.
Kidney health - Detox water made using the watermelon seeds is considered natural diuretics which help in the cleaning of kidneys naturally. This home remedy is simple but very helpful in treating UTIs and other kidney problems. Heat 1 liter of water in a pan, add 1-2 tbsp of watermelon seeds or seeds’ powder. Boil it for 5-10 minutes and drink anytime of the day.
Digestive system - Watermelon seeds are perfectly fine to eat as they easily move through the digestive system and keeps the gut healthy. You just have to chew properly or eat after roasting or grinding.
Male fertility - The high level of zinc and antioxidant lycopene in watermelon seed is beneficial for the male reproductive system. Zinc as well as manganese ofwatermelon seeds help to improve the quality of sperm in infertile men and may also reduce the risk of erectile dysfunction.
Bone health - Watermelon seeds are enriched with some bone-friendly nutrients like copper, magnesium and potassium. These nutrients work together with other essential nutrients to raise the strength of bones and improve bone mineral density.
Diabetes - Watermelon seeds are one of the healthy options for diabetic people because of their anti-diabetic properties which help to manage diabetes. They are also a good source of dietary fiber that slows down the absorption of sugar and maintain a healthy blood glucose level. Soak 2-3 teaspoon of watermelon seeds in a glass of water for about 1 hour. Drink this water at any time of the day and eat seeds gradually.
Immune system - Watermelon seeds are a good source of iron, vitamin B complex, and magnesium which help to boost the immune system, defend the body from allergic responses, and help to fight severe respiratory infections.
Brain health - Magnesium in watermelon seeds is helpful in boosting brain functions and learning abilities. It also aids to improve memory, reduce stress and risk for other mental illnesses like dementia or Alzheimer’s.
Recommended amount of watermelon seeds -
The ideal amount of consuming watermelon seeds is 10-15gms per day for normal adults and 5-10 gms per day for the children.
How to use watermelon seeds -
- Direct consumption- Directly consuming watermelon seeds, in limited amounts, is fully safe, but roasting seeds is the best option. It enhances the shelf-life as well as the health benefits of the seeds.
- Roasted seeds- Dry roast watermelon seeds in a pan for 5-7 minutes on low flame. After cooling, keep it in an airtight container and have it during snack time.
- Powder- Make the powder of roasted seeds and sprinkle them in lassi, smoothie, salad, juice, etc.
- Tea- Crush or grind the watermelon seeds and prepare powder. Heat 2-3 cups of water, add 1 teaspoon of powdered seeds and boil for 2-4 minutes. Switch of the flame, strain it in a cup or glass,and allow it to cool down for 5-10 minutes. Enjoy! Drink this tea 2-3 times in a week or every alternate day.
- Watermelon seeds butter- Take the white part of watermelon seeds in a grinder jar and grind them for about 4-5 minutes. Your watermelon seeds butter is ready to be used as a sandwich spread.
Side effects of watermelon seeds -
Experts suggest that eating watermelon seeds is completely safe. However, eating too much of anything is harmful for our body. The same applies to watermelon seeds and they can cause side effects like diarrhea, constipation, indigestion, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain, if consumed in high amounts.
Disclaimer - The effects of any food vary from person to person. One should always consult with experts before using them in high quantities, especially if suffering from any medical condition.