Medicine in unlikely plant parts: watermelon seeds and rinds

I was able to speak with Mrs. Ogundairo Kehinde, one of the women who looked after the woman who had six children (sextuplet) last year. If you haven’t forgotten, the woman’s story has gone viral. There is even more. It was the herbs that caused her to have multiple births and not IVF. Ogundairo explained to me how the treatment is done and even told me that there are herbs that can bring back menstruation in women who have reached menopause. What she does is easily considered fetishism because it has to do with conception and I was curious to know how people accept it. She told me that she is a worker in her church (she told me the name) and that people from the church also come to see her. In my opinion, I think everyone (including the church) has come to the point of realizing that God actually created herbs for man’s use, so most people don’t feel guilty anymore of the use of herbs.

Also, there is a clear difference between using herbs for health and fetish reasons.

Today on my visit to Nature’s Pharmacy I will be talking about watermelon seeds and rinds. The most popular part of the watermelon is the pink flesh, but the truth is that the seeds and the rind (the green part that is always discarded) are edible. Seeds are one of the most nutrient-rich seed varieties. They are a rich source of protein, vitamins, good fats, magnesium, zinc, iron, copper, potassium and more. Traditionally, the seeds are removed from the flesh and dried. Once dried, they are then pressed to extract the oil.

Not only does the rind contain all of the same nutrients found in the juicy fruit, but it also contains higher concentrations of certain antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins. It is low in calories but contains high concentrations of vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, potassium, zinc among others. It also contains chlorophyll, citrulline, lycopene, amino acids, flavonoids and phenolic compounds. The shocking part of it all is that the flour for baking is made from the crust.

Some benefits of seeds

Good for the skin: Eating watermelon seeds can benefit your skin. It prevents the appearance of acne, moisturizes your skin, prevents dullness and also prevents the first signs of aging. It keeps the elasticity in place.

Better Blood Sugar Control: Watermelon seeds are linked to better blood sugar control and reduced insulin resistance in the body. This is quite essential for the health of diabetic patients.

Strengthens immunity: Watermelon seeds are packed with iron and minerals that improve immune functions. These seeds also contain vitamin B complex and it also helps in this regard.

Helps strengthen hair: Watermelon seeds are packed with protein, iron, magnesium, zinc and copper which are known to improve hair quality. These seeds help strengthen hair and promote hair growth. The manganese in the seeds helps prevent hair loss and damage.

Prevents osteoporosis: The seeds are an incredible source of magnesium with over 140% of your daily requirement in just one cup. They are also rich in copper, manganese and potassium. All of these nutrients contribute to bone health.

Improves Male Infertility: Watermelon contains a high amount of zinc which is important for the male reproductive system. Zinc can help improve sperm quality which is the major problem in male infertility.

  • Increases energy levels:
  • Helps reduce the risk of prostate cancer
  • Improves heart health
  • Supports the nervous system

Some of the benefits of the crust

Lowers Blood Pressure: This bark has a surprisingly high level of potassium which acts as a vasodilator, helping to reduce stress and strain on blood vessels and arteries. This can reduce the risk of atherosclerosis as well as heart attacks and strokes.

Skin care: With a decent amount of lycopene and other flavonoids, this fruit peel is packed with antioxidants that can help reduce the effects of free radicals and reduce oxidative stress, which minimizes the appearance of blemishes. wrinkles, blemishes and age spots as we age.

Strengthens the immune system: With over 30% of the daily vitamin C requirement in just one serving of this crust (1 cup), it can give your immune system a major boost since vitamin C helps stimulate the production of white blood cells, the first line of defense against infections and foreign pathogens in the body.

It is rich in fiber: Another benefit of watermelon rind is that it is a rich source of fiber. Fiber helps maintain regular bowel movements and may help reduce the risk of developing colon disease.

Weightloss: It can aid in weight loss efforts due to its dense fiber content. It can help you feel fuller while boosting your metabolism and increasing your ability to burn fat to help with weight loss.

Prevents chronic diseases: The lycopene and citrulline in this bark can help neutralize free radicals before they cause cell mutation and lead to chronic disease.

Scientific studies

In a study titled “Effect of Watermelon Rind Powder (WRP) on the Physicochemical, Textural and Sensory Properties of Wet Yellow Noodles”, by Lee – Hoon Ho et al, the study provides useful information for the future development of WRP-wheat-flour food products such as cakes, muffins, pastries and other baked goods.

In a study titled “Assessment of medicinal properties and possible nutrient composition of citrullus ianatus (watermelon) seeds,” by

Enemor et al, results show that watermelon seeds are a considerable source of nutrients in the diet and may have health and economic benefits due to its vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals with high levels of antioxidant activities and par therefore a potentially useful nutraceutical.

In a study titled “Watermelon Seeds and Peels: Fatty Acid Composition and Cosmeceutical Potential,” by Petchsomrit et al, the study found that watermelon seeds and peels contain distinct fatty acid profiles suitable for use in cosmeceutical formulations.

In a study titled “Improving the potential of methanolic extract of citrullus lanatus (watermelon) seeds on sperm parameters, testosterone level and testicular cytoarchitecture of male albino rats induced by lead acetate”, by Onyeso et al, results show that methanolic C. lanatus seed extracts have been shown to be a beneficial treatment option for lead acetate-induced oxidative stress and testicular tissue toxicity. Increased sperm motility, well-defined testicular cellularity, increased sperm viability, decreased sperm morphological alterations, increased sperm count and increased testosterone levels were also recorded.

You can eat the seeds by eating the fruit. You can dry it and roast it. The rind is like a vegetable, which means it can be tossed into a pot and sautéed with broccoli, carrots, and other vegetables. You can also scrape or cut the bark into salads. They can be mixed too.

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