Seeds and Cereals

Health Benefits of Watermelon Seed

Watermelon is a popular fruit known for being tasty, cheap, refreshing and low in calories. A 100 g serving has only 30 calories, and is a great source of vitamins C, A and B6, potassium, fiber, calcium, iron and magnesium. As 90% of its composition is water, watermelon acts as a natural moisturizer. What few people know is the benefits of the watermelon seed.

Often thrown away, watermelon seeds also have several health benefits. Many would think that stoned watermelon juice is bad, so they only use the pulp. On the contrary, the seeds have vasodilating, diuretic, hypotensive, detoxifying, antioxidant and energy properties that can be used by consuming ground and ground watermelon seed tea.

Watermelon is a known and consumed fruit all over the world, but in most places, just like we do with other fruits, its seed is discarded. Only in Asian countries and the Middle East are the seeds roasted and consumed as a snack, and sometimes used for soup, watermelon seed tea and extract.

Watermelon seeds are rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids such as omega 3 and omega 6 acids, which are so-called good fats that help lower total blood cholesterol levels. These oils are responsible for 50% of the seed composition. It also contains proteins, around 35% of the composition and all of high quality and essential amino acids, in addition to iron, magnesium, B vitamins, among others.

WHAT IS THE WATERMELON SEED FOR

The watermelon seed brings several benefits for the general health of the body, hair, skin and even fertility. It improves the digestive system and is useful for treating kidney and urinary tract diseases. It has a diuretic action and eliminates excess water, fighting swelling.

Its consumption protects heart health, regulates blood pressure, prevents coronary heart disease, since it has vasodilating substances, which improve blood circulation and help fight hypertension. Improves the immune system, helps to treat diabetes. Because it contains lycopene, it improves male fertility and increases libido.

On the skin and hair, the oil from the watermelon seeds serves as a moisturizer. When applied to the skin, it does not restrict the pores, treats acne and fights premature aging. In hair, it prevents brittle strands, strengthens the hair, reduces itchiness on the scalp, helps hair growth and maintains hair and scalp health.

Among the properties of the watermelon seed is its diuretic power, which combats swelling caused by fluid retention in the body, its antioxidant and energy action. The seeds also act as a laxative, favor intestinal transit and combat constipation.

Its antioxidant action is due to the presence of substances that fight free radicals responsible for several serious diseases such as cancer and also for premature aging.

Watermelon seeds are rich in B-complex vitamins, such as vitamin B1, vitamin B2, vitamin B3, vitamin B5 and vitamin B6, which are responsible for the proper functioning of the nervous system and strengthening the immune system. In addition, it contains folic acid or vitamin B9, which is important during pregnancy, as it promotes the correct development of the fetal neural tube.

Source of proteins and amino acids, it is important for the health and development of muscles, enzyme formation, maintenance of hair, bones, teeth and skin.

It is also a source of magnesium, 4 g of watermelon seeds contain 21 mg of magnesium. This mineral is important for various metabolic functions, such as the functioning of the nervous system and muscles, it is important for the health of the heart, bones and immune system.

It also offers the so-called good fats, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated, which by decreasing the levels of bad cholesterol (LDL), protects against heart disease, stroke and atherosclerosis.

WATERMELON SEED TEA

Watermelon seed tea is the best way to consume it and enjoy the properties of watermelon seed. Tea is a home remedy indicated for those suffering from hypertension, as it has vasodilating substances that improve circulation and reduce pressure. It is noteworthy that the consumption of tea should be in addition to the treatment and not a substitute for the medicine indicated by the doctor.

Other indications of tea include decreased fluid retention, circulation problems, improved liver health, cleanses the kidneys and in cases of kidney stones, treatment of urinary infections, as an antioxidant, and for sexual impotence.

To make watermelon seed tea you need: 2 tablespoons of watermelon seeds dried overnight and ½ liter of water. Boil the water and add the seeds. Cover the container and let it rest for approximately 10 minutes or until the tea becomes warmer.

The tea should be consumed several times a day, in small amounts and it is important that it is fresh, that is, made on the day it will be consumed in order to make better use of all its properties.

You can even grind or grind the seeds for a better result. Another way to consume it is to make a medicinal infusion of watermelon seeds. To do this, boil the water and add the crushed seeds and cook for half an hour.

Turn off the heat and let it sit for an hour and strain. Blend 150 grams of watermelon (pulp) in a blender and mix with the tea. Store in the refrigerator in a glass bottle so as not to change the flavor. Drink two glasses a day at room temperature, the first preferably on waking up on an empty stomach and another half an hour after one of the meals.

NATURAL VIAGRA WATERMELON STONE

In addition to the many general health benefits that watermelon seed consumption brings, it has been discovered that both watermelon and its seed can be considered a natural Viagra and has the power to increase libido in both men and women.

Its action of natural Viagra is due to the presence of the amino acid called citrulline, which acts in a very similar way to Viagra, a medicine that treats erectile dysfunction, in the relaxation of blood vessels.

The citrulline present in watermelon seeds is converted into the amino acid arginine, a precursor of nitric oxide. Nitric oxide, in turn, helps in the dilation and relaxation of blood vessels and, in the case of men, actively participate in erection.

For this action of natural Viagra and the others that watermelon seeds provide, tea from the seeds is made. To do this, buy the seed powder or add the seeds, let them dry in the shade and then grind. To prepare the tea, use a tablespoon of watermelon seed powder to 1 liter of boiling water. Smother it, leave it for 20 minutes, then drink 2-3 times a day.

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Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

Robert Asprin

Robert Asprin, APD is a non-dieting Accredited Practicing Dietitian passionate about inspiring positive changes in eating and lifestyle behaviors to help improve health while nurturing relationships with food and body.

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