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8 Reasons Why You Should Eat Watermelon Seeds

As children, many of us were warned in jest that swallowing watermelon seeds would make melons grow in our bellies.

In truth, those pesky seeds can be beneficial to your health. So think twice before tossing them out.

Watermelon is a highly nutritious fruit that is packed with vitamins and minerals. It also contains 92% of water and a lot of seeds. Most times, we throw these seeds away after eating watermelon.

However, these seeds are packed with vitamins and minerals that are very healthy for the body. In fact, watermelon seeds contains nutrients like copper, zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron and it is also very low in calories. Here are certain reasons why you should eat watermelon seeds.

1. Boosts metabolism:

Watermelon seeds are a powerhouse of nutrients like folate, iron, zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium. These seeds are considered to be highly nutritious, as they are also rich in amino acids, proteins and vitamin B complex. All these nutrients together help in boosting your body’s metabolism.

2. Improves skin health

The sprouted watermelon seeds help to cleanse your skin as it is full of vitamin C, antioxidants, etc. Its oil is widely used in various beauty products to treat acne and early signs of ageing. Watermelon seeds are full of magnesium which helps to improve your overall skin appearance. It is used in cases like eczema and other skin conditions where your skin is dry and itchy. Watermelon seeds act as a moisturizer for your dull, dry skin.

Zinc found in the seeds can slow down the ageing process because of its ability of protein synthesis, cell division, and repair.

4. Improves Cardiac Health

Watermelon seeds have a substance known as citrulline which is responsible for lowering blood pressure and maintaining cholesterol levels. They also have rich magnesium content which is especially helpful for cardiac patients. Studies have shown that watermelon seeds have a rich zinc content as well because of which it moderating calcium levels in the heart since too much or too little of it can cause cardiac arrest or heart failure.

5. No unhealthy fat

They contain certain healthy fats which are extremely important for the body. Watermelon seeds are a good source of healthy fatty acids like oleic acid, linoleum acid which is required for proper functioning of the body.

6. Supports nervous system

Watermelon seeds are a rich source of vitamin B which helps to keep your brain and nervous system healthy. It is also useful in mood disorders, dementia.

7. Improves Digestive Functions

Again one of the important health benefits of watermelon seeds is that it helps improve the function of the digestive system. Credit goes to magnesium again because it helps to activate digestive enzymes for converting food into energy.

8. Improves male fertility

Watermelon contains a high amount of zinc which is important for the male reproductive system. Zinc can help to improve the quality of sperm which is the major issue in male infertility.

The takeaway

Watermelon seeds have many health benefits. Although the amounts of some minerals and vitamins within them may seem low, they are still far preferable to potato chips and other unhealthy snacks.

How much nutrition you reap from watermelon seeds depends largely on how many you eat. Because they’re small, you need to eat quite a few to get their considerable benefits.

However, when you compare their nutritional value to that of other snacks, watermelon seeds come out far ahead

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