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Watermelon Super Seeds

By Julie Fink
Posted On Jun 22, 2016
Watermelon Super Seeds

Like it’s pumpkin counterpart, watermelon seeds can be roasted and enjoyed as a healthy (and yummy) snack. Who would have thought? Turns out, watermelon seeds are nutrient-rich and offer a slew of health benefits. Here are a few of them:

Watermelon seeds are:

  • rich in fiber, which help promote proper digestion
  • a natural diuretic
  • good for alleviating kidney stones and urinary tract issues
  • good for boosting your memory, improving concentration
  • an excellent source of manganese, niacin, calcium, antioxidants, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin B, and vitamin C
  • rich in citrulline, an organic compound with many antioxidant properties

It is also said that watermelon seed oil is very popular and is considered a “miracle liquid” for hair and skin. It is extracted from cold-pressing sun-dried seeds and is quite popular in West Africa, where it is called Ootanga oil or Kalahari oil. Due to its light texture and excellent moisturizing properties, it is often used in baby oils and is rich in vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids (EFAs). The high content of EFAs eliminates sebum, dirt, and grease that builds up in your skin and creates acne.

How to Eat Watermelon Seeds

In order to reap their benefits, you need to cook, roast, or ground the watermelon seeds. Much like roasting pumpkin seeds, the process is relatively easy.

Tips for roasting: Set your oven at 325°F and place the seeds on a baking sheet. It should only take about 15 minutes for them to roast, but you may want to stir them halfway through to ensure an even crispness.shutterstock_110529890

Spice up your watermelon seeds with a little olive oil and salt, or sprinkling them with cinnamon and a light dusting of sugar. If you prefer more flavor, you can add lime juice and chili powder, or even cayenne pepper.

Watermelon Seed Tea Recipe

Directions:

  1. Crush and ground the seeds. For this tea, you will need 4 tablespoons ground watermelon seeds. Then, boil them in 2 liters of water, for about 15 minutes.
  2. This mixture is designed for 2-day treatment. Consume the tea for two days and then take a 1-day break.  Feel free to repeat the procedure for the next few weeks. As you can see, the tea is very simple to make, and it provides many health benefits.

NOTE: It is recommended to get the seeds in the summer, as watermelons are a seasonal fruit and you cannot find them anytime you want!

Sources:
healthline.com
food.ndtv.com