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Benefits of watermelon seeds

By Calvin Odhiambo | February 8th 2015

Watermelon is an oval-shaped green fruit. It is advisable to incorporate the fruit in our diets because of its various nourishing nutrients.

However, while we enjoy the sweet, fleshy, refreshing fruit, we often discard the tiny seeds, oblivious of their health benefits.

Watermelon seeds, also known as kalahari seeds, contain nourishing nutrients such as fatty acids, proteins, minerals and vitamin B.

Roasted watermelon seeds contain copper, involved in the production of melanin; a pigment that provides colour to hair and skin.

The roasted seeds can also be served as a snack or used to garnish salads. In Nigeria, they are used to make certain soups.

The seeds have also been used in the treatment of diabetes. This involves boiling a handful of watermelon seeds in a litre of water for about 45 minutes, then drinking the concoction.

The seeds are also beneficial in preventing deficiencies caused by insufficient intake of calories or protein, which could cause marasmus and kwashiorkor.

The unsaturated fatty acids keep the skin healthy, moisturised, soft, firm and well-toned, and help to prevent skin disorders.

Vitamin B is also vital for keeping the blood, nervous system and immune system healthy.

Watermelon seeds are also a good source of positive calories and energy, and are effective in sharpening memory.

The next time you think of throwing away watermelon seeds, consider their health benefits.

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