10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF MELON SEEDS (Egusi)
Melon seeds is popularly or locally called Egusi in Yoruba, Ogili in Ibo, Ogi in Edo, Iguana agushi in Hausa and Dende in Fulani. Its very rich in essential nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. There are so many amazing health benefits of egusi.
1) ANTI-INFLAMMATORY PROPERTIES
Egusi contains anti-inflammatory properties that help to reduce and prevent the effect of inflammation . It contains methanol, which has always been used to cure and treat inflammation.
2) IMPROVES BONE HEALTH
The high concentration of calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium in egusi allowsit to form and strengthen bones and teeth, it fight off diseases that could affect the bones.
3) IT AIDS DIGESTION
Egusi is one food that stimulates and aids digestion and helps regulate bowel movement to the presence of soluble dietary fibre and vitamin B1.
4) IT IMPROVES HEART HEALTH
Egusi also keeps the heart healthy and protected by reducing cholesterol levels in the blood due to the fact that it contains unsaturated fatty acids. It also has amino acids that have been known to promote cardiovascular health.
5) HIGH PROTEIN CONTENT
Protein helps to build and repair the muscles and skin, and the body needs large amounts of it, which is one of the things that Egusi has a high content of. Consuming protein also helps fight off diseases like kwashiokor and other deficiencies associated with malnutrition.
6) IT HELPS TO PREVENT AND FIGHT CANCER
Several studies have shown that egusi helps in fighting cancer, due to the presence of cucurbitacin glucoside, an active property that has been observed to have a pleiotropic effect, killing off cancer cells and slow their spread.
7) IT HELPS TO MANAGE ARTHRITIS
Eating Egusi can also help those who arthritis due to the fact that it contains cucurbitacin glucoside and quercetin, two anti- arthritic properties. The anti-arthritic properties contain flavanoids, which are very effective in treating and managing arthritis and related conditions.
8) IT IMPROVES THE SKIN
Egusi contains vitamin B2 and Nacin, two vitamins that help maintain and improve the skin. When extracted as oil, it can be used in the production of lotions and soaps that would keep the skin fresh and smooth.
9) IT HAS ANTI-DIABETES PROPERTIES
Insulinotropic properties are found in every part of the Egusi plant, from the stem to the seeds, which help those with diabetes because it stimulates the response of insulin.
10) IT HAS ANTIOXIDANTS PROPERTIES
Egusi helps get rid of toxins from the body and prevents cell damage due to the antioxidants properties it has, containing lots of vita mins and essential minerals. This helps protect against diseases and the effects of free radicals in the body.
Studies have not related any side effects of egusi .
If it causes you discomfort after eating it, do away with it.