Watermelon is one of the fruits we love and enjoy eating so much. Sometimes, we only come to have problems with it when we constantly come in contact with the seeds while eating it. How I hate that. It’s almost like nobody likes watermelon seeds and they usually end up in the garbage.
Watermelon seeds contain an immense amount of nutrients, including essential proteins, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals. Watermelon seeds are abundant in B vitamins such as thiamine, niacin, folate and minerals like potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, phosphorus and copper. Besides, they are a great source of calories with 100 grams of watermelon seeds providing around 600 grams of calories.
Roasted watermelon seeds are served as a snack or used to garnish salads. In Nigeria they are used in certain soups. Watermelon seed oil is extracted from these seeds which is beneficial for your hair and skin. To say the least, watermelon seeds are edible and can be a healthy option.
Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds:
This is the perfect remedy for those who suffer from cardiovascular disease and high blood pressure. Due to their rich magnesium content, watermelon seeds can promote healthy heart function and maintain normal blood pressure levels. Moreover, they also contain good fats and amino acids which regulate heart pressure and protect from heart disease.
Watermelon seed tea is recommended by the renowned doctor and holistic pioneer Edgar Cayce. It is a powerful diuretic and acts as a stimulant to cleanse kidneys and bladder. Also, it helps stimulate under-active kidneys.
Watermelon seeds are great for people with fluctuating glucose levels. People who suffer from diabetes can boil a handful of watermelon seeds and a cup of water and drink it as a tea. The tea will keep their blood sugar levels normal.
Watermelon seeds are rich in essential amino acids which improve male fertility and sexual health. According to studies, arginine found in watermelon seeds stimulates the production of nitric oxide, promotes sperm production and treats erectile dysfunction.
Watermelon seeds are an excellent source of antioxidants which are extremely beneficial for your complexion. Eating these seeds on regular basis will make your skin youthful and healthy.
Healthy Hair and Nails
Abundant in proteins, watermelon seeds are great for your hair and nails. It can prevent breakage and make them strong and beautiful. Roasted watermelon seeds will make your hair soft and shiny. In addition to its skin benefits, watermelon seed oil can also be used for your tresses. As pointed out earlier, this oil is light in texture that gets absorbed easily without clogging the pores of your scalp. It provides moisturizing benefits and improves hair growth by maintaining hair and scalp health. Watermelon seed oil provides the hair with essential fatty acids which are needed by your hair to prevent breakage and keep it moisturized.
Watermelon Seed tea Recipe:
The tea made from watermelon seeds will maintain the normal function of your bladder and kidneys. Being a powerful diuretic, watermelon seeds can cleanse your kidneys and bladder, and prevent the formation of kidney stones.
Those who already have kidney stones fill also find this tea useful since it will stimulate the removal of the stones.
How to Make Watermelon Seed Tea
According to Edward Cayce, the inventor of this tea, he suggests making 2 liters of the tea at a time and consuming it over 2 days. For this you will need:
• 2 liters or 8 cups of water
• 4 spoons of watermelon seeds, fresh and ground
To make the tea, you need to boil the water on high heat. Then pour the hot water on the seeds in a bowl. Let the seeds steep in the hot water. Let the mixture cool and then strain it. The tea is ready for consumption. You can have it up to 4 times a day.
What you should know
There are benefits of having watermelon seed tea, but you should not go overboard. Cayce did not recommend using the tea every day for a long period. If you are taking kidney infection medications, do not stop these without talking with your doctor.