You may have once believed that swallowing a watermelon seed would ignite the growth of an enormous fruit inside your belly. So instead of ingesting, you diligently plucked out each individual seed before chomping into the juicy fruit. Or you kept an arsenal of seeds in the pocket of your cheek to use as spitting ammo against your older brother.
While it’s fairly easy to deseed fruits like apples and oranges, with a big fat fruit like watermelon, the process is quite cumbersome. Much time is spent on spitting out the seeds than relishing the melon.
But thanks to science, you don’t have to do that anymore. Watermelon seeds have more health benefits than the actual fruit itself. So, if you don’t mind the slightly bitter taste and chewy texture, you can eat the watermelon seeds along with the tasty melon.
Watermelon seeds are good for skin, hair and your overall wellbeing. These seeds contain fatty acids, proteins and minerals. They are rich in magnesium, potassium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus and copper.
According to Chinese medicine, dried watermelon seeds can be boiled in water and consumed as a tea. The seeds strengthen the kidneys and also helps lower high blood pressure.
In Asian countries such as China, Japan, Korea and Thailand, roasted watermelon seeds are eaten as a snack. No wonder the people have supple skin and strong hair.
Watermelon seeds are good for both men and women, particularly those in their thirties, as that’s when the skin starts showing signs of aging. Regular consumption of watermelon seeds will keep your skin young and healthy.
The oil extracted from watermelon seeds is also good for external application. Called Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil, it is light in texture and, therefore, does not clog the pores in your skin nor does it interrupt with the normal functioning of your skin. In fact, this is one of the essential ingredients of baby oil.
Certain skin cancers and infections are prevented when watermelon seeds are consumed regularly.
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