When you think about the health benefits of watermelons, the seeds probably do not come to mind. You’re probably thinking of the sweet and juicy pulp, not taking into account that the seed is good too. The fact is that watermelon seeds, whether wet, dry or roasted, are a great snack. The US Department of Agriculture has identified various nutritional components of seeds.
The seeds are very rich in protein. One cup of dried watermelon seeds contain more than 30% protein or 61% of the recommended daily allowance. The proteins contained in the seeds consist of amino acids, tryptophan, glutamic acid, lysine, and arginine. Medline Plus states that certain health conditions can benefit from additional arginine.
Some of the health benefits of arginine include; Regulation of blood pressure and treatment of coronary heart disease. The mineral in the seeds is magnesium.
According to the US National Institute of Health, UU Magnesium helps regulate blood pressure and carbohydrate metabolism, which has a positive effect on blood sugar levels. Other important minerals in watermelon seeds are phosphorus, iron, potassium, sodium, copper, manganese and zinc.
The most surprising thing about watermelon seeds is the amount of fat they contain. A cup of dried seeds contains 51 percent fat. Other categories of seminal deposits are monounsaturated, polyunsaturated and omega-6 fatty acids.
The American Heart Association reports that monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats lower blood cholesterol, while omega-6 fats can help reduce high blood pressure.