“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need.” Ayurveda allows us to cherish our innate nature and avail various health benefits. Ayurveda is a treasure trove of different herbal medicines and char magaz is a hidden gem commonly found in Indian kitchens. As the name suggests, char magaz is a blend of four (char) seeds which together may positively impact the brain (magaz). Char Magaz includes the seeds of melon (Cucumis melo), watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) and cucumber (Cucumis sativus). There are not enough studies conducted to assess the effect of char magaz in humans, so in this article, we will provide brief information on all these four seeds individually and considerations that you need to keep in mind if you plan to add this superfood to your diet.1,2
As there are not enough studies conducted on char magaz, the nutritional value of all four components (pumpkin, watermelon, cucumber and melon seeds) has not been evaluated. So, in the table below, an attempt has been made to identify the nutritional components of individual seeds.3–7
|Seed||Nutritional components||Value per 100g|
|Watermelon seeds||Fat||47 g|
|Pumpkin seeds||Fat||49 g|
|Dietary fibres||6 g|
|Melon seeds||Carbohydrates||79 g|
|Dietary fibres||3.2 g|
Due to limited studies, the properties of char magaz are not well known. However, there are scientifically proven properties of individual seeds (pumpkin, watermelon, melon and cucumber), which will be discussed below:
Following are the properties of pumpkin seeds:8
List of the properties of cucumber seeds:9
The properties of watermelon seeds are:11
Enumerated below are properties of melon seeds:12,13
The potential of char magaz has not been studied in depth; however, the uses of pumpkin, melon, watermelon and cucumber seeds have been well established. In the section below, we will mention some of the potential benefits of these seeds individually and how combining these four may positively impact human health.
Many different ayurvedic treatments have been tested for managing diabetes; char magaz is one of them. Chen et al. conducted a review in 2005 which stated that pumpkin seeds might enhance insulin (a hormone that regulates blood glucose) levels. A review was conducted by Abinaya et al. in 2016, which stated that watermelon seeds potentially reduce elevated blood glucose levels. Wang et al., in 2018, stated that melon seeds might help with diabetes. This indicates char magaz may have the potential to manage diabetes. However, more studies are needed to support these claims with greater reliability.8,11,13
A lipid profile is a blood test which measures the number of triglycerides and cholesterol in the blood. An altered lipid profile is a risk factor for diseases like atherosclerosis, pancreatitis, etc. Soltani et al. conducted a study in 2016; this study showed that cucumber seeds could improve the lipid profile. As cucumber seeds are a vital component of char magaz, it may also be likely that char magaz has the potential to correct an abnormal lipid profile. However, more studies are needed to claim these effects. It is also advised to consult your physician for proper treatment and not consider char magaz as a remedy.9
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) includes a range of liver diseases characterised by fat accumulation in the liver. A review conducted by Maria et al. in 2022 stated that pumpkin seeds might help manage NAFLD due to unsaturated fatty acids in pumpkin seeds. Pumpkin seeds also help reduce oxidative stress and may reduce the chance of hepatic damage. This indicates that char magaz may have the potential to manage NAFLD. However, we need more studies to support these claims.8
Breast cancer is a very common cancer and the leading cause of death in females globally. In India, breast cancer affected almost 118000 women in 2016 and has almost increased by 50% from 1965 to 1985. A review done by Maria et al. in 2022 stated that pumpkin seeds might have a chemotherapeutic potential against breast cancer. This effect is attributed to the presence of phytoestrogens in pumpkin seeds. Thus, it can be concluded that char magaz may reduce breast cancer risk. However, we need more studies to support these claims. So, it is advised to consult your doctor for the proper treatment of breast cancer.8,10
Though studies show the benefits of pumpkin, melon, cucumber and watermelon seeds in various conditions, these are insufficient to predict the benefits of Char magaz and there is a need for further studies to establish the true extent of the benefits of Char magaz on human health.
You must consult a qualified doctor before taking char magaz. Do not discontinue or replace an ongoing treatment of modern medicine with an ayurvedic/herbal preparation without consulting a qualified doctor.
However, if you experience any adverse reactions to char magaz, it is advised to discontinue its intake and immediately contact a doctor or your Ayurvedic physician who has prescribed it. They will be able to guide you appropriately for your symptoms.
Consuming Char Magaz is okay if taken in moderate amounts. However, general precautions must be taken.
Limited studies have been conducted on char magaz. Therefore, it is difficult to assess the likelihood of interactions of char magaz with other medications, food, etc. Enlisted below are some potential interactions which may occur:
However, you must always seek the advice of your Ayurvedic physician about the possible interaction of char magaz with other medicines, as they will know your health condition and other medications you are taking.8,9
As the name suggests, char magaz is a blend of four (char) seeds which together may positively impact the brain (magaz). Char magaz includes melon (Cucumis melo), watermelon (Citrullus lanatus), pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) and cucumber seeds (Cucumis sativus).1
No, the effect of char magaz on blood glucose is not studied yet, although there are few studies which show that pumpkin, melon and watermelon seeds may help in reducing blood glucose. It is always better to consult a doctor for proper management of elevated blood glucose and do not rely on self-medication.8,11,13
No, there are no known interactions of char magaz with food.
Yes, watermelon seeds which are part of char magaz, are known to help in weight loss. However, this potential use of char magaz has not been fully studied. Therefore, kindly consult your doctor for proper management of any weight-related issues and do not consider char magaz as an alternative to modern medicine.10
Consumption of pumkin seeds may aid in hair growth. So, there are chances that the consumption of char magaz may positively impact hair growth. However, there are not enough studies which support these claims. Therefore, it is always advised to consult your doctor for proper treatment.14
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