Health Benefits of Watermelon Seeds
Benefits of watermelon seeds are quite different from benefits of watermelon sweet, juicy pulp.
Essential Amino Acids – Amongst all the amino acids body requires, there are some known as essential amino acids which body cannot produce. These include arginine, lysine and others. Watermelon seeds supply some of these essential amino acids including tryptophan, glutamic acids. Lysine plays important role in calcium absorption and formation of collgen and connective tissues in body. Arginine helps in improvement of body metabolism, cardiovascular system and sexual health.
Watermelon seeds are rich in magnesium and 100 grams of watermelon seeds provide around 139% of daily dietary requirement of magnesium. Magnesium is responsible for normal heart functioning, promoting normal blood pressure, supporting energy metabolism and protein synthesis. It has beneficial effect in treating cardiovascular diseases, hypertension. Magnesium regulates carbohydrate metabolism and thereby checks blood sugar and controls diabetes.
Watermelon seeds are equivalent to multivitamin B complex supplements we consume. Some of the vitamin B present in watermelon seeds include niacin, folate, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B6, panthothenic acid. About 100 gm of watermelon seed provide 19% daily value of niacin, which is essential in maintaining the nervous system, digestive system and skin health.
Watermelon Seed Oil is also known as Ootanga Oil and Kalahari Oil. African people have understood benefits of watermelon seeds and been using highly nutritive oil from watermelon seeds. Oil is obtained from crushing dried watermelon seeds. Watermelon seed oil has amazing moisturizing capabilities and forms essential ingredient in baby oils. Watermelon oil contains essential fatty acids helpful for skin, it eliminates any toxins from skin, helps keep skin fresh and elastic. It is used in hair care products as non greasy high moisturizer.