A Natural Infusion of Watermelon Seeds
Most people remove the seeds from the watermelon, you can even find seedless ones in supermarkets to avoid having to remove them. But, did you know they have some wonderful health properties?
There’s been research to talk about watermelon as such; however, few have placed the emphasis on its seeds. In contrast, we can cite this small study that briefly explains the interesting health properties of these seed and their natural laxative and diuretic properties. These are just two parts of this research.
Thus, we all should take advantage of a balanced amount of watermelon seeds. In fact, today we’re going to tell you about their benefits and how to create an infusion to cleanse and strengthen your kidneys.
Let’s get started!
The properties of watermelon seeds
Watermelon is usually ideal in summer as it’s quite refreshing. However, most people remove the seeds, among other things, because they’re not used to eating them.
Here are three benefits of watermelon seeds.
1. Watermelon seeds as laxatives
The dietician and nutritionist Cristina Lafuente tells us, through her blog, that the consumption of most of the seeds present in fruits promote intestinal transit and watermelon is no exception. It can relieve constipation, for example. However, they a bit large so you might want to have them as an infusion.
For example, this study published by El País explains that:
“Like sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, “the main component of the rind of watermelon seeds is fiber, and the seed inside stands out for its richness in nutrients,” says Cristina Lafuente Gómez, dietician and nutritionist at Alimmenta, who specifies that, in the case of watermelon seeds, “their content in magnesium (515 mg / 100 g) and in trace elements such as zinc (10.2 mg / 100 g) and manganese (1.6 mg / 100 g), is especially relevant.” In addition, she adds that it provides proteins (28.3 g / 100 g) and fats (47.4 g / 100 g), especially polyunsaturated (28.1 g / 100 g).”
2. Cleanse the body and improve renal health
According to the same study published by the newspaper El País, watermelon seeds are an effective remedy to cleanse the kidneys and dissolve stones in this part of the body. In addition, they have a powerful diuretic action, and can effectively cleanse the body, eliminate accumulated toxins, and optimize the functioning of the kidneys.
3. Watermelon seeds can provide energy
These dark-colored seeds are rich in lycopene, a type of antioxidant that’s also present in tomatoes. They’re also high in magnesium and zinc. Furthermore, they’re usually quite suitable for those days when you’re tired and also low in calories.
All-natural watermelon seed infusion
As you can see, watermelon seeds have many health properties. Take advantage of them by making and drinking this all natural infusion made with them. Are you ready for notes?
- 40 g. of watermelon seeds
- 1 qt. of water
- 150 g. of crushed watermelon
- The first step is to boil the water
- While it’s boiling, grind the watermelon seeds
- Add them to the boiling water, and allow them to cook for half an hour
- After that time, strain out the seeds and add the crushed watermelon
- Finally, place it in the fridge until it cools down, that’s it!
How should you drink tea made from watermelon seeds?
- You can drink it whenever you feel like it, although ideally after your main meals
- If you want to sweeten this infusion, try to use a natural sweetener instead of sugar
- You must take the seeds as an infusion as they can be difficult to digest due to their size
Now that you know the benefits and this natural infusion, you’ll probably think twice before throwing them away. Try it and let us know how it goes!