Do you enjoy eating egusi soup? You will enjoy reading about the health benefits of the melon seeds used to prepare it.
Melon seeds, botanically called “citrullus colocynthis”, have a lot of benefits. Apart from the fact that they produce a delicious pot of the local delicacy known as Egusi soup, they also offer some wonderful health benefits. They include:
1. They contain anti-inflammatory properties
The anti-inflammatory properties of melon seeds help to treat infections and injuries.
2. They help fight cancer
Melon seeds are a good herbal cure for cancer, especially for breast cancer.
3. They serve dermatological purposes
The melon plant contains riboflavin (vitamin B2) and niacin which help to maintain healthy skin. Local soap and pomade for dermatological care are gotten from the oil extracted from melon seeds.
4. They aid digestion and boost appetite
The dietary fibre and vitamin B1 in melon make the seeds useful for digestion of food and help to boost the appetite.