As a child, there’s a good chance you were told you shouldn’t eat watermelon seeds because a watermelon would grow in your stomach.
You’ve probably thrown out the seeds from your watermelon countless times throughout your life, but as it turns out, you don’t really need to do that. In fact, you shouldn’t do that.
According to Healthy Food House, eating watermelon seeds has many health benefits.
Watermelon seeds are excellent for your digestive system, especially when boiled, roasted or ground. They are rich in nutrients, including fiber, which improves digestion and fights inflammation. The seeds also act as a diuretic, making them helpful for urinary issues and kidney stones.
Additionally, the seeds are filled with citrulline compound, which has strong antioxidant properties, which may help with atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, and angina pectoris.
According to LifeBuzz, the seeds may help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke because they are packed with monounsaturated fats and polyunsaturated fats, which can help lower cholesterol levels.
Many recommend boiling the seeds in hot water for roughly 45 minutes and drinking it as a warm tea.
Watermelon seeds have many health benefits, so consider saving them next time you have a watermelon.