Often, we enjoy the juicy and fleshy pulp of watermelon fruit but trash the seeds.
Some people painstakingly pick the seeds out of the fruit before eating it because they are considered a nuisance, and of no value.
However, unknown to many, watermelon seeds are edible, and are a very rich source of amino acids, magnesium, phosphorous, iron, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese, and zinc.
These are some of their health benefits.
Reduces blood pressure
Watermelon seeds contain magnesium, which helps to regulate blood pressure and the metabolism of carbohydrates. They also contain monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-6 fatty acids.
The mono and polyunsaturated fats reduce blood cholesterol, while omega-6 fatty acids can help reduce high blood pressure. The presence of linoleic acid in the seeds prevents heart diseases and stroke.
Good for diabetics
The seeds have positive effects on the accumulation of glycogen stores, which can aid diabetes treatment, given their ability to decrease plasma glucose levels.
The omega-6 fatty acids in the seeds help to prevent type 2 diabetes, while its magnesium content prevents insulin dysregulation, and keeps sugar levels under control.
Rich source of protein
Watermelon seeds are very rich in protein. A cup of dried watermelon seeds contains a chunk of the daily-recommended dose of protein.
The seeds, especially the roasted variety, are packed with iron and vitamin B, which enhances immune function.
Improves male fertility
The zinc content of watermelon seeds increases fertility in men by boosting sperm quality and level. The seeds also contain manganese, lysine, glutamic acid, arginine and lycopene; which also aids fertility and boosts sex drive.
Watermelon seeds are packed with ample amount of calories, making them ideal for those who need a rapid energy boost.
You can enjoy your watermelon seeds raw or roasted. Whichever way, they make a good snack any day. Be sure to chew them properly else, they come out from the excretory system through the digestive tract intact.