The Cool Way to Boost Immunity with Watermelon Seeds
Why Eat Watermelon Seeds?
It might be a surprise for many that watermelon seeds can be eaten just like the other seeds by adding them to salads, breakfast cereal in the morning, desserts, breads, muffins, cookies, tea, smoothies or sprinkle them over yogurt or soup for added texture and lots of nutrition.
In order to consume the seeds, you can rinse, dry, salt and bake them for about 10 minutes. Once cooled, they are ready to be eaten!
But, why should we eat watermelon seeds, you may ask?
Watermelon seeds are super foods and great immunity boosters, thanks to the wide range of minerals and vitamins present in them.
Watermelon and its seeds are loaded with magnesium that plays an important role in many of the body’s metabolic functions.
It also has a significant role to play in strengthening the body’s defenses as it boosts immunity.
Another mineral that watermelon seeds contain is iron. This mineral is very important for our survival as it plays a central role in the formation of blood cells.
Iron is also needed for the growth, proliferation and maturation of lymphocytes, which are the first layer of cells that fight infectious agents that enter our body. The body also uses iron to form bacteriostatic cells that further strengthen the body’s immune system.
The iron in lactoferrin in the body is known to chelate the iron from the bacterial cells and kill them.
This is another mineral that is vital to the healthy functioning of the immune system and watermelon seeds are rich in it too.
Zinc is crucial for the normal development and function of immune cells that are the front line warriors of the immune system.
Consuming foods rich in zinc protect your body from a variety of pathogens and diseases caused by them.
So the next time you enjoy watermelon in this summer season, remember to save the seeds and add them to other meals!
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