Amazing health benefits of Melon (Egusi)

Due to its high oil content, you can use egusi seeds to make margarine, butter and animal feed.

Melon popularly known as Egusi in Nigeria is mostly grown for consumption in Nigeria. They are also usually ground

and used for preparing assorted dishes such as egusi soup and stew.

Before preparing the egusi soup, you sun-dry the seeds and ground plain or roasted/fried before grounding.

Then the chaffs obtained during the oil extraction of egusi seeds can be used for making a snack called fried cake. The

seeds can also be fermented and used for making a local spice known as ogiri. Due to its high oil content, you can also

use egusi seeds to make margarine, butter and animal feed.

Here are the benefits of including melon seed in your daily diet.

Melon contains anti-inflammatory properties that help treat infections and injury.

A study reveals that the methanol extract of egusi significantly inhibited serotonin, carrageenan and prostaglandin which helps fight inflammation.

Egusi is a good herbal cure for cancer and is also best for curing breast cancer.

The results of a study by Grossman et al., (2007) showed that cucurbitacin glycosides possess pleiotropic effects on

cells thus leading to both apoptosis and cell cycle arrest. Thus cucurbitacin glycosides exhibit therapeutic effects

against breast cancer cells.

Kachhawah et al., (2016) investigated the effect of hydroalcoholic extract of melon fruits against anti-arthritic activity.

The study aimed to develop a standardisation protocol for the anti-arthritic effects of the extract that contains

cucurbitacin glycoside and quercetin.

The study proved that melon fruit hydroalcoholic extract possesses significant anti-arthritic properties. This is

attributed to its rich constituent of phytochemicals such as flavonoids. As a result, it uses can be for treating

rheumatoid arthritis, which is an autoimmune disease symptomized by chronic inflammation of the joints, stiffness,

swelling, pain and redness in the joints.

The 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.

Due to the presence of dietary fibre and vitamin B1 (Thiamine) in egusi melon, it is useful for digestion of food. and

helps to boost appetite due to its constituent of vitamin B1.

By Victoria E.I

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