30 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Watermelon Seed
Watermelon is among the wildly consumed fruit around the globe. The seed innate in the watermelon is far more nutritious due to the humongous health benefits innate in it.
It is commonly perceived that watermelon originated from the Kalahari Desert of Africa and people around the native region has been the sun drying the seed and using the oil obtained from the watermelon seed.
Due to the lack of the adequate knowledge or strong dislike on the seed human are inclined to avoid the seed and lacking behind on the optimum health benefits from the consumption of the watermelon.
Almost all of us dislike the seeds of the watermelon. The popularity of the seedless watermelon is accelerated due to the high demand of the seedless variety.
Watermelon seed is wildly used around the native region from the long time back. Due to lack of the adequate information on the nutritional benefits of watermelon seed people around the world has avoided the consumption of the seed.
There are various misconceptions on the watermelon seed. Some think that the watermelon seed is toxic and avoid the consumption. Other might think that the plant can grow in the gut after the consumption of the seed. Some even think that consumption of the seed can trigger appendices due to its slippery nature.
The goodness of the innate Protein, Fat, Vitamins, Minerals necessitate the consumption of the watermelon seed.
How to Consume the Watermelon Seed
The best way to consume the watermelon to crush it with the teeth while eating the watermelon.
The dark color seed of the watermelon is highly preferred than another color due to this nutritional pundit around the globe recommend the consumption of the dark color seed of the watermelon.
For adequate nutrition benefit consuming the sprouted watermelon is the best. During the process of sprouting the protein and gluten in the seed get fermented and makes ease in the digestion. Sprouting of the watermelons seed is the simple process requiring few lucid steps.
Roasting is the common means to consume the watermelon. Roasting can destroy the chemicals within the seed. This might put the obstacle in harassing the optimum nutritional benefit from the seed.
Chemical Composition of the Seed Oil
Linoleic and Oleic acids, which is the unsaturated fatty acid, comprise of around eighty percent of the fat content in the oil. Further, it has innate Palmitic acid, which is eleven percent by volume, and the Stearic acid is comprised of around ten percent by volume (1).
The predominant part of Watermelon seed is comprised of fat that is around forty-seven percent by volume. The predominant part of the fat is comprised of polyunsaturated fat.
It has the high content of the protein that is more than twenty-eight percent by volume.
Around fifteen percent of the watermelon seed is comprised of the carbohydrate.
Nutrient present in the watermelon is various B-complex vitamins like B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, and B9 in varying concentration.
Minerals present in the watermelon seed are the noticeable amount. Among the minerals, it has the high amount of Magnesium and Zinc. Other minerals present are Calcium, Copper, Iron, Manganese, Phosphorus, Potassium, and Sodium in Varying amount (2).
Health Benefits of the Watermelon Consumption
1. Weight Loss
Watermelon seed is lush with the goodness of protein and minerals that are beneficial for obtaining the healthy weight in the human body (3).
Nutrition pundit advice the consumption of the moderate amount of watermelon seed to get the optimum health benefits for weight loss.
Anemia is the disease associated with the deficiency of the iron in the diet. The deficiency of the iron in the blood causes several unwanted heath consequences. As iron is the essential component of the hemoglobin that is effective in the transfer of the oxygen in the different part of the body.
Further, the presence of the folic acid in the watermelon increases the iron absorption capacity in the body (4).
Miscarriage during the early stage of the pregnancy is often associated with the lack of the folic acid in the diet (5).
Due to the adequate amount of the folic acid in the seed of the watermelon consumption of the watermelon seed can produce several beneficial effects.
4. Healthy Hair
Lack of the adequate protein in the mundane diet causes series of the abnormalities in the hair. Dry, Brittle, Weak hair is often associated with the lack of the adequate protein in the diet (6).
The goodness of the protein in the watermelon is claimed to eliminate the noisome problems occurring in the hair.
Consuming watermelon seed during pregnancy produces several health benefits. It is often associated with the reduction in the morning sickness (7).
Further, the presence of mineral and vitamin-like iron and folic acid in higher amount is beneficial during the pregnancy. Further, the muscle crape which is common during the third trimester is drastically reduced after consuming the watermelon seed.
The presence of the zinc is vital for the adequate functioning of the thyroid (8). Due to the higher amount of zinc content in the watermelon seed than other options available. Consumption of the zinc is claimed to produce the beneficial effect in the adequate functioning of the thyroid.
Further, the presence of the trace amount of copper drastically increases the thyroid health upon consumption.
The presence of antioxidant and goodness of nutrition innate in it is beneficial in obtaining the healthy skin (9).
8. Macular Degeneration
Macular Degeneration is often encountered during the old age marked by several noisome effects in the human health. This is often marked by distinct spots, distant line, vision loss resulting to cataract (10).
The goodness innate in the watermelon seed is effective in the combat against the macular degeneration.
9. Sperm Count
Due to the innate Lycopene, which is the potent antioxidant in the seed of the watermelon (11).
Further, the presence of the minerals like zinc is beneficial in increasing the sperm quality and quantity.
The Sperm density has the serious impact on the conception. Low sperm count creates the obstruction in the conception leading to infertility.
Due to this property watermelon seed are frequently used to treat male fertility.
Magnesium is effective in the metabolism of the carbohydrate leading to beneficial effect in controlling the blood sugar level in the blood.
The presence of amino acid named Citrulline is beneficial in reducing the oxidative stress in the blood. This leads to the decline in the oxidative stress in the blood leading to demise in the inflammatory response.
Watermelon was traditionally used to treat diabetes (12). Making the tea of three teaspoons full of watermelon seed can be beneficial during the occurrence of diabetes.
The presence of adequate amount of Magnesium is vital to regulate healthy heart (13). Further, the presence of trace amount of the potassium is vital to regulate blood pressure in the human body.
The goodness of the cholesterol-lowering properties in the watermelon is beneficial for normal functioning of the heart.
12. Nervous System
Various B complex vitamins, minerals, and antioxidant work synergistically to mention the healthy Nervous system in the human body (14).
Watermelon seed is beneficial for the adequate bowel movement in the human body. The consumption of the watermelon seed helps in the optimum functioning of the digestive system resulting in several beneficial effects on the human health (15).
The innate vitamins and mineral present in the watermelon are effective in the absorption of the fat leading to the reduction in the inflammation in the human body (16).
Edema is marked by the accumulation of the water in various part of the body. This can be serious if not prepare well ahead of time.
Traditionally watermelon seeds are used to ease the edema (17). Usually, one teaspoon full of the grounded power of the watermelon is given to soothe the occurrence of the edema.
The phytochemical named terpenes and steroids are effective in preventing microbes (18).
The innate antimicrobial property of the watermelon is effective in curing different pathogenic microbes that can potentially cause the infection.
17. Wound Healing
The presence of trace amount of zinc in beneficial in combating the healing of the wound occurring in different part of the body (19).
18. Prostate Aliments
The presence of the trace amount of zinc in claimed to be beneficial in the combat against the prostate ailments occurring in the body (20).
Further, the presence of the trace amount of the antioxidant drastically increases the health benefits upon consumption.
The innate goodness of the watermelon is claimed to have the potent analgesic characters (21).
20. Healthy Bone
Adequate health bone is obtained by the consumption of the watermelon seed. The innate goodness of the calcium, phosphorous, magnesium is beneficial to obtain the healthy bone in the human body (22).
Watermelon seed is the good source of the minerals required for the healthy bone in the human body.
21. Intestinal Parasite
The innate fatty acid content in the seed is effective to expel the intestinal parasite from the body (23). The seed of the onion, papaya also perform the similar function.
Various intestinal worms including tapeworm get expelled from the body due to the regular consumption of the watermelon seed.
22. Peptic Ulcer
Due to the soothing of the burning sensation consumption of the watermelon seed is effect in the combat of the Peptic ulcers (24).
23. Kidney Cleansing
Consumption of the watermelon seed is claimed to produce urine and often refers to as the natural diuretic.
Due to the remarkable ability to cleanse the kidney the occurrence of the stone in the kidney is minimized (25).
Consuming moderate amount of tea made up of watermelon is effective to cleanse the kidney
24. Hair Loss
The goodness of minerals like copper, which aids in the production of the melanin and potassium which helps in the cell division is beneficial for the Healthy Hair (26).
Further, the moisturizing power of the watermelon seed is effective in combating breakage of hair.
25. Enhance Cognitive Power
The goodness of vitamins, minerals, protein and antioxidant is effective in combating the cognitive disorders (27).
The goodness of the iron present in the watermelon seed aids in the transfer of the oxygen in the various part of the body that is beneficial for the optimum cognitive function.
Insomnia often associated with the lack of vitamins and minerals in the diet. Lack of the potassium causes the disturbance in the blood pressure leading to insomnia. Inadequate amount of the potassium in the diet can raise the blood pressure resulting in the obstruction of the sound sleep.
Further, iron deficiency is often associated with insomnia (28). As iron is the essential component of the hemoglobin that is effective in the transfer of the oxygen to the various part of the body. Lack of the adequate oxygen supply can alter the normal sleeping pattern.
Due to the goodness of the innate iron, potassium that is essential for the adequate functioning of the human body in the watermelon seed. Consumption of the watermelon seeds induces sound sleep.
27. Nail Growth
Adequate protein is essential for the optimum growth of the nail in the human body (29).
Due to the adequate content of the protein in the watermelon seed consumption of the watermelon seed produces healthy Nail growth.
Reduce the level of bad cholesterol in the human body. The innate Mon saturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid is beneficial in the combat against the bad cholesterol and from good cholesterol in the blood (30).
Due to several beneficial effects on the human health including liver by the iron consumption of the watermelon seed boost the immunity in the body (31).
30. Smell and Taste
Smell and taste sensitivity decline is often associated with the low concentration of the zinc in the diet. Watermelon seed contains the adequate amount of zinc that is beneficial to obtain the adequate sense of smell and taste (32).