Melon belongs to a family called Cucurbitaceae that has fleshy fruits. Melon seeds are available in the market all season. The Yoruba called it Egusi, Ibo called it Elegushi, and Agushi in Hausa. The melon seed is grown for food and as a source of oil. The seed is commonly ground up and used to thicken soups or can be used to cook Efo that tastes delicious. Egusi contains vitamins rich in Thiamin, Niacin, B1, and B2. It is also rich in minerals nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, manganese, sulfur, calcium, Iron, and Zinc. It is also rich in fatty acid, protein, amino acid, and Vitamin E. Melon seed is also delicious when roasted.
Health Benefits of Melon
- Melon is rich in fatty acid which is good for a healthy heart and also prevent cardiovascular disease
- The melon seed contains vitamin c which helps to boost the body’s immune system and also helps in wound healing.
- The melon seed has a high amount of antioxidants like potassium, magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, folic acid which help to boost fertility.
- The seed of melon is rich in omega 3 fatty acid for boosting sperm quality
- The magnesium in melon helps in producing progesterone and increase blood supply to the uterus
The melon seed is good for fertility because the seed contains antioxidants that boost fertility. Couples trying to conceive can include it in their diet. However, melon seed should be eaten in a considerable amount not too much.