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Benefits Of Egusi Melon Seeds You Should Know.

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Egusi seed remains a popular food plant consumed in Nigeria and almost every home. Interestingly, several researchers have pointed out that egusi is healthy and beneficial for the proper functioning of our bodies.

It is an excellent source of nutritional minerals and vitamins such as carbohydrates, protein, fat, zinc, vitamin B1 (Thiamine), dietary fiber, sulfur, magnesium, vitamins B2 (Riboflavin), niacin, and manganese.

Studies showed the presence of Cucurbitacin A, B, C, D, E (α-elaterin), saponins, alkaloids, anthranol, saponarin, tannins, tryptophan, terpenoids, caffeic acid, flavone glycosides, phenolic, arginine, flavanoids, cardic glycoloids, steroids, trace elements and sulfur-containing amino acids in this plant.

(Source: Global Food Book)

However, here are 7 key benefits of egusi melon.

1. Anti-inflammatory Properties

Inflammation is a situation whereby a body part becomes inflamed, red, swollen, and painful as a result of the reaction to infection or injury. However, a study reveals that the methanol extract of egusi significantly inhibited serotonin, carrageenan, and prostaglandin E1-induced paw oedema. Peak inhibition was observed in prostaglandin E1-induced paw oedema.

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The egusi extract significantly lowered the formation of granuloma tissue in the chronic inflammation model. Based on the above findings, the researchers agreed that Citrullus colocynthis is suitable for use as an anti-inflammatory agent.

2. Culinary Purposes

The chaffs obtained during the oil extraction of egusi seeds can be used for making fried cake snacks popularly known as Robo cake. Furthermore, the seeds can be fermented and used for making a local spice known as ogiri. And due to its high oil content, egusi seeds can be used for making margarine, butter, and animal feed.

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3. Anti-arthritic Properties

A study investigated the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of egusi melon seed fruits against the anti-arthritic activity. The study aimed to develop a standardization protocol for the anti-arthritic effects of the hydroalcoholic extract that contains cucurbitacin glycoside and quercetin.

The biological activity showed that melon fruit hydroalcoholic extract possesses significant anti-arthritic properties. This is linked to its rich constituent of phytochemicals such as flavonoids. This simply means that it can be used for treating rheumatoid arthritis, chronic inflammation of the joints, stiffness, swelling, pain, and redness in the joints.

(Source: FineLib)

4. Maintain healthy skin.

Egusi melon seed can also be used for dermatological purposes. This is because vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) and niacin in this plant help to maintain healthy skin. Oil extracted from egusi seeds can be used for producing local soap and pomade for dermatological care.

5. Aids digestion and boost appetite

Finally, due to the presence of dietary fiber, vitamin B1 (Thiamine), and vitamin B2(riboflavin) in egusi melon, it can be used for facilitating the easy digestion of food as well as improving appetite.

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