6 Amazing Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds
By looking at the benefits Pumpkin seeds provide I bought a box of Pumpkin seeds from the local grocery store and believe me I don’t regret my decision. I would suggest you to give it a try.
When you carve your pumpkin at any time during the year, rather than just tossing the seeds, roast them in the oven for a nutritious snack. These flat little seeds provide a wealth of nutritional benefits, giving you plant-based protein and a host of minerals. If you’re buying pumpkin seeds at the grocery store like I did, avoid heavily salted ones as they can add too much sodium to your diet. Opt for the plain, dry roasted variety instead.
Pumpkin seeds pack about 1.7 grams of dietary fiber per ounce, while mashed pumpkin has only 50 calories per cup and 3 grams of fiber. “Fiber helps keep you fuller longer, which keeps your appetite at bay so you on an average eat less.”It heps to control hunger pangs.
A cup of cubed pumpkin contains almost twice the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which promotes good vision, especially in dim light, according to the National Institutes of Health. It has also been found to slow the decline of retinal function in those with retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that can lead to blindness, according to researchers from Harvard. Positive point:: Vitamin A also helps form and maintain healthy skin, teeth and bones.
Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which research shows are beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.
Pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan which is also responsible for helping the body make serotonin, the feel-good neurotransmitter that helps you relax and stay calm. Not only do pumpkin seeds promote better sleep, the serotonin will improve your mood.
Protect Your Package
Pumpkins — especially the seeds — are rich in beta-carotene and other antioxidants with cancer protective properties. And pumpkin seeds could be especially healthy for men.Researchers in Taiwan found pumpkin seed oil blocked unhealthy prostate growth in male rats. A quarter cup of the seeds also contains about 2.75 mg of zinc (about 17 percent of the recommended daily intake for adults), which contributes to male sexual health. When young men in a Wayne State University study restricted their dietary zinc intake, they had significantly lower levels of testosterone after 20 weeks.
All that fibre can also help protect your ticker, research shows. One Harvard study of over 40,000 male health professionals found that those who ate a diet high in fibre had a 40 percent lower risk of coronary heart disease, compared to those who ate a diet low in fibre. A more recent study by Swedish researchers found that women who ate a diet high in fibre had a 25 percent lower risk of heart disease compared with women who ate a low fibre diet. Men benefited less, likely because they’re more likely to get their fiber from breads, while women are more likely to get their fibre from healthier sources, like fruits and vegetables, the researchers write.
Now the important question which arises in your mind is how to use pumpkin seeds,
- I like to use them in my homemade smoothie yummy.
- Take a small handful of pumpkin seeds mixed with some dried fruit
- Sprinkle some pumpkin seeds on your cereal for getting additional nutrition value.
I hope you find this article helpful and will try to include pumpkin seeds in your diet.
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