Did you know that watermelon seeds are even powerful than the fruits? This article is going to bring to your notice the many benefits which comes with the use of the seeds of watermelon.
Watermelon belongs to the family to which melons, pumpkins, cucumbers, and pumpkins belong. It is one of the crops that grow in the warm seasons. The fruits of watermelons have a shape ranging from round to oblong, and the peel is light green, or dark green, in addition to the red pulp or dark red.
Watermelons are divided into many varieties based on how the seeds grow: open pollinated, hybrid, triple or seedless. The watermelon contains small, solid seeds, black in color, while the hybrid watermelon does not contain seeds, and the seeds are edible, whether raw, or roasted, and can also be cooked, dried and served as a snack.
Benefits of watermelon seeds
1. Watermelon seeds can be said to be the powerhouse of nutrients.
The seeds are a very rich source of minerals but amongst the minerals the most important are:
A. Magnesium: 4 grams of watermelon seeds contain 21 milligrams of magnesium , which is equivalent to 5% of the daily amount, and the National Institutes of Health recommends adults get 420 milligrams of magnesium per day, which is necessary for many metabolic functions in the body, and maintenance of nerve and muscle functions in addition to immune, heart, and bone health.
B. Iron: A handful of watermelon seeds contains about 0.29 milligrams of iron , which is equivalent to about 1.6 percent of the daily amount, and the National Institutes of Health recommends adults get 18 milligrams per day, as iron is one of the important components of hemoglobin, which is responsible for transporting oxygen.
It also helps the body convert calories into energy, but it is worth noting that watermelon seeds contain phytic acid, which reduces iron absorption and reduces its nutritional value.
C. Zinc: 28.3 grams of watermelon contains about 26% of the daily value of zinc, which is an important and necessary nutrient for the immune system, the digestive system, and the nervous system, in addition to its importance in the re-growth and division of cells, and the senses of taste and smell.
D. Rich source of dietary fiber: 100 grams of watermelon seeds contain approximately 33.99% of dietary fiber, which consists of non-starch polysaccharides, the indigestible part of plant foods, which consists of water-soluble fiber and insoluble fiber in water.
It is worth noting that soluble dietary fiber, when consumed in large quantities, is associated with slower glucose absorption in the small intestine, and reduced insulin secretion, which helps alleviate type 2 diabetes.
2. Makes the bone stronger
3. Improves upon skin health
4. Fights bad cholesterol
5. Improves brain health
6. Serves as an anti-aging
Scientific studies on the benefits of watermelon seeds
1. A study published in the Prime Journal of Microbiology Research in 2012 indicated that watermelon seed extract possesses antibacterial properties for some types of bacteria .
2. A 2014 laboratory study published in Applied Sciences and Environmental Management in mice indicated that watermelon seed extract may help reduce complications of diabetes in mice.
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