Health benefits of watermelon seeds
We all think of watermelons as a refreshing snack. But did you know that most people do not even use the best part of the melon? While we all love sinking our teeth into the juicy red part, many of us are turned off by the hard seeds floating in our mouths afterwards — hence the popularity of seedless watermelons. But surprisingly, those seeds are actually packed with nutrients.
The fiber in the seeds is good for digestion and extremely important for supporting healthy gut bacteria.
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The seeds also contain the amino acid citrulline , which can act as an antioxidant. Citrulline helps widen blood vessels which supports better blood flow. This is beneficial to your circulation, heart and brain. There are also numerous vitamins and minerals in the seeds such as magnesium, vitamins A, B, and C as well as iron, which are all essential to your overall health.
A little preparation is all it takes to reap the full benefits of these seeds. One easy option is a tasty tea:
Combine four teaspoons of freshly ground watermelon seeds with around two liters of water and let simmer for about 15 minutes. All of the nutrients will be activated, and it also tastes great over ice!
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Alternatively, you could make a milkshake with the seeds:
Take a handful of watermelon seeds and spread them out on a cookie sheet or baking tray. Heat them up until they're completely dry, and start to smell faintly sweet.
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Now, grind them into a fine powder and mix with warm or cold milk in a 1:10 ratio.
This mixture is perfect if you're having digestion or kidney problems. Since watermelon is naturally a good diuretic, this drink can support kidney function.
That's plenty of food for thought for the next time summer rolls around. I'll definitely be holding on to the seeds next time I buy a watermelon! Who knew they were so healthy?