8 MORE Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
If you’re throwing a backyard party this summer, you know your guests will be excited about a red, ripe watermelon. But after the melon is cut and served, don’t thrown away those seeds! In an earlier article, we highlighted 10 healthy benefits of watermelon seeds, which are surprisingly packed with nutrients. But there are more – in fact, here are 10 more health benefits of watermelon seeds.
Watermelon seeds are packed with B vitamins like thiamine, niacin, and folate. The minerals include magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorous and copper. They contain healthy dietary fiber and citrulline, which acts as an antioxidant, expands blood vessels and help heal arteriosclerosis, hypertension, angina and erectile dysfunction. They are also useful in treating disorders of the kidneys and urinary tract.
You can enjoy the juice made from boiling and soaking the seeds (see our previous article), or you can order watermelon seed essential oil. Here are those additional health benefits:
1. Provide healthy fats
Nearly 80 percent of the fat contained in watermelon seeds is unsaturated, rich in omega fatty-3 acids for energy. A cupful of dried seeds gives you half the omega-3 your body needs.
2. Support healthy nails.
All the protein in watermelon seeds help keep your fingernails strong and long.
3. Helps to prevent and manage diabetes
The magnesium in watermelon seeds offers a variety of benefits. In particular, it supports the metabolic processes of the body, helping to prevent and manage diabetes. As a natural remedy, put a handful of boiled and ground watermelon seeds in a liter of water and allow them to soak for 45 minutes. Strain and drink daily.
4. Treats edema
If you are experiencing swelling from water in the tissues, add a teaspoon of dry and ground watermelon seeds to a teaspoon of honey, then put the mixture into 3/4 cup of warm water. Mix well and drink immediately, twice a day.
5. Guards against vitamin B6 deficiency.
B6 is water soluble, and one of the B complex of vitamins. It helps convert carbohydrates into energy, is critical for the production of neurotransitters, and prevents Beriberi, a disease caused by B6 insufficiency.
6. Provides Essential Amino Acids
Watermelon seeds provide the amino acid arginine, which in addition to the heart benefits mentioned above, also enhances metabolism. It also contains lysine, necessary for the assimilation of calcium. Both amino acids also support sexual health.
7. Benefits recovery
After an illness or any health crisis, watermelon seeds can assist in recovery.
8. Moisturizes the skin
Drinking the watermelon seed juice helps keep your skin soft, supple and moist. It also helps firm skin.