The next time to buy a watermelon (1) and consume it, do not be hasty in discarding the watermelon rind. The so-called “waste leftover” has innumerable benefits for the human body.
It contains Vitamin C and B complex vitamins that are good for the body and skin. Applying it topically helps treat several skin issues. It also boosts immunity and improves the nervous system.
Read on to know the other health benefits of watermelon rind and the right ways to take it.
Watermelon Rind Nutrition: 100 gms contains-
- It is made up of vital vitamins like Vitamin C, B 6, and Vitamin A.
- Potassium and Zinc are also found in abundance.
What Are The Watermelon Rind Benefits?
1. Boosts Libido
Men suffering from erectile dysfunction must necessarily consume this as a natural remedy to treat the condition. It may not be as potent as Viagra, but research shows it has been helpful in treating symptoms of mild and moderate erectile dysfunction in men.
The amino acid citrulline present in watermelon rind boosts the libido. A study showed that L-citrulline supplements had fewer side effects compared to Viagra while it improved erections. You can eat the watermelon rind by adding some chili powder, lemon juice, and black salt to enhance its taste.
2. Boosts Energy Before a Workout
Other than spicing up your sex life, it also boosts your athletic and workout performance. It helps dilute the blood cells with the citrulline present in it.
Studies show that citrulline supplements boosts oxygen supply to the muscles and body and thus improve workout performance.
[Read: Benefits of Watermelon Seeds]
3. Controls Hypertension
If you suffer from high blood pressure, you can try natural methods to control it. One way would be to consume watermelon rind. Few studies show that its supplements treat blood pressure in obese adults.
It also acts as a diuretic. However, it must be noted that citrulline supplements have been more effective in reducing blood pressure levels in people suffering from hypertension. Freeze them for a fancy treat on a summer afternoon.
4. Rich in Fiber
Fibrous food is a natural cure to treat constipation. A high fiber diet keeps you keep full for a longer period and aids in losing weight. It also keeps a check on blood sugar levels in the body and lowers cholesterol levels. It regularizes bowel movements and reduces colon-related diseases.
About 5% of adults in the United States are known to get their daily recommended dose of fiber from watermelon rind. So consume this to keep up to your daily fiber intake.
[Read: Benefits of Watermelon]
The Right Way to Eat It
It is edible and can be eaten directly. However, you can make it more interesting by pickling or juicing it.
1. Pickle Recipe
- Watermelon rinds
- Garlic cloves
- Fresh dill
- ½ tsp mustard seed
- 2 cups of water
- ¼ cup of salt
- Boil water and add salt and let it dissolve. Keep this brine aside.
- Remove the green layer from rinds and cut the pink flesh into small cubes.
- Take a sterilized jar and use tongs to add the rinds to it. Add the garlic, mustard seeds, and the rinds in a standing up position. Press them against each other to clear air pockets.
- Use a strainer to remove the liquid that settles on the top.
- Add the brine, allowing 1/4th space at the top. Seal this jar.
- Let it ferment for a week in a cool dark place.
- It may increase your blood sugar levels and is not suitable for people who are diabetic.
- If over consumed, it may lead to stomach ache, flatulence.
- Excessive consumption may also cause Diarrhea.
Watermelon rind is a pocket-friendly and helps maintain good health. You can also make jams out of it or pickles. You can also make soup with carrots, parsnips, potatoes, and other vegetables. Moreover, it has a sweet taste makes it desirable, especially for kids!
[Read: Watermelon for Weight Loss]
1. Does Watermelon Rind Improve Sexually?
Yes, the nutrients found in it, like lycopene, citrulline, and beta-carotene, relax the blood vessels that revive your sex life.
2. Are They Edible?
Yes, they are edible and delicious too. The best part is it can be eaten raw or converted into a dish based on your preference, for example, either a pickle or jam. It is dense in nutrients and is often advised to be eaten post meals.