Let’s be honest, you don’t see organic sprouted watermelon seeds in a package every day in the supermarket, right? It’s the same with us, so we were surprised to learn about this intriguing Go Raw healthy snack which is namely that. The raw watermelon seeds have a deep nutty flavor accompanied only by Celtic sea salt. So just like you enjoy eating the sweet refreshing fruit, you can enjoy munching on these little kernels at any time of the day, whether you’re at home, at the office or when having a walk in the park, they’re great for anytime. The nutritious kernels are used in Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines, served as a snack, or used to garnish salads. They also find place in the Nigerian kitchen, where they’re usually an ingredient in soups.
Nutrition Facts about watermelon seed (dried):
Watermelon seed kernels are a reliable protein-rich source suitable for vegan diets and for everybody else’s optimal nourishment. Usually, there’s around 31g plant-based protein in every 108g seeds, which is very impressive. That means the product can be a natural muscle-building food for post trainings and can be included in a protein diet.
There are important amino acids found present in watermelon seeds, such as glutamic acids and tryptophan (amino acid chains actually build protein). These kernels are an ideal sports food, especially for weight lifting, aerobics and swimming.
Watermelon seeds are a wonderful food source of minerals such as: calcium, iron, phosphorous, magnesium, potassium, sodium, zinc, manganese and a bit copper.
The seeds have vitamins primarily from the B group, vitamins like folate, niacin, pantothenic acid, as well as smaller amounts of riboflavin, thiamin and pyridoxine.
Watermelon seeds also contain essential Omega-6 fatty acids.
Health benefits of watermelon seeds:
Because of the magnesium in the kernels (100g of seeds provide 139% of the recommended daily value), you can maintain normal blood pressure, good heart health, protein synthesis and proper metabolic processes. Besides regulating blood pressure, magnesium is effective in treating hypertension and cardiovascular diseases.
The B complex vitamins help maintain an effective immune response, pure blood and a healthy nervous system.
Organic watermelon kernels contain lycopene. It’s related to prostate health, as higher intakes show great results when it comes to preventing prostate cancer, as it lowers the risk of developing the disease. Higher levels of lycopene (along with higher levels of lutein, beta-carotene, vitamins A and E) protect from breast cancer tumors. Animal research is also showing benefit to lung cancer. Moreover, lycopene is in favor of blood vessels near the heart, rendering protection to the blood vessels in the neck.
The seeds can be used for regulating diabetes. Boil 100g kernels in 1 liter water for about 40-45 minutes, keeping the pot covered. Then drink like tea on a daily basis.
Pure watermelon kernels sharpen your mind and aid in recovering after illnesses.
Like we’ve stated, the seeds contain amino acids. Here’s some statistics for those of you who’re curious about which and how much amino acids there are in the kernels: 1 cup (circa 108g) contain both essential and non-essential aminos. Essential aminos: 0.837g Histidine, 1.44936g Isoleucine, 2.32092g Leucine, 0.95796g Lysine, 0.90072g Methionine, 2.19348 g Phenylalanine, 1.20096 g Threonine, 0.4212 g Tryptophan, 1.68048 g Valine. Non-essential amons include: 5.28876 g Arginine, 1.61136 g Alanine, 2.98512 g Aspartate, 0.47304 g Cystine, 6.15492 g Glutamate, 1.79604 g Glycine, 1.35108 g Proline, 1.62864 g Serine, 1.09728 g Tyrosine, 1.37376 g Methionine + Cystine†, 3.29076 g Phenylalanine + Tyrosine†. Amino acids help build our body, but what else can they do? Many base components have the potential to “alter adiposity”, increase antioxidant activity and immunity function. That means amino acids can help fight fat buildup and stimulate your immune system.
The compounds are also fundamental for the development of the central nerve system. According to Dr. John W. McDonald, amino acids might “exert trophic influences affecting neuronal survival, growth and differentiation during restricted developmental periods.”
A healthy diet includes proper Omega-3/Omega-6 proportions. So you need omega-6 rich foods to balance both fats. Watermelon seeds can help with that. Omega-6 supplements or omega-6 fatty acids obtained from food can be useful for certain medical conditions such as: rheumatoid arthritis, breast cancer, diabetic neuropathy, allergies, Hypertension (high blood pressure), eczema, mastalgia, menopausal symptoms, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), osteoporosis and multiple sclerosis.
Being rich in nourishing unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants, watermelon kernels are good for the skin. They prevent premature ageing and keep the skin moisturized, elastic, soft and well-toned. In addition to that, the kernels’ volatile oils can treat acne and other dermatological problems, because they remove grease, dirt and sebum off the skin pores.