Full of Valuable Nutrients
Hard white seeds from a carving pumpkin, most pumpkin seeds bought at the supermarket don’t have a shell.
These shell-free seeds are green, flat and oval.
28 grams of shell-free pumpkin seeds has roughly 151 calories, mainly from fat and protein.
They contain a lot of antioxidants and a decent amount of fatty acids, potassium, vitamin B2 and folate.
Pumpkin seeds pack many nutrients and plant compounds that have been shown to provide health benefits
High in Antioxidants
Pumpkin seeds contain antioxidants like carotenoids and vitamin E
Antioxidants can reduce inflammation and protect your cells from harmful free radicals. That is why consuming foods rich in antioxidants can help protect against many diseases
It’s believed that the high levels of antioxidants in pumpkins seeds are partly responsible for their positive effects on health.
Pumpkin seed oil reduced inflammation in rats with arthritis without side effects, whereas animals given an anti-inflammatory drug experienced adverse effects
Linked to a Reduced Risk of Certain Cancers
Diets rich in pumpkin seeds reduces the risk of stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers.
Also the lignans in pumpkin seeds may play a key role in preventing and treating breast cancer.Supplement containing pumpkin seeds have the potential to slow down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Improve Prostate and Bladder Health
Pumpkin seeds may help relieve symptoms of benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), a condition in which the prostate gland enlarges, causing problems with urination.
Research suggests that taking pumpkin seeds or their products as supplements can help treat symptoms of an overactive bladder.
One study in 45 men and women with overactive bladders found that 10 grams of pumpkin seed extract daily improved urinary function
Very High in Magnesium
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best natural sources of magnesium — a mineral that is often lacking in the diets of many Western populations.
Magnesium is needed for more than 600 chemical reactions in your body. An example, adequate levels of magnesium are important because;
a)Controlling blood pressure
b)Reducing heart disease risk
c)Forming and maintaining healthy bones
d)Regulating blood sugar levels
May Improve Heart Health
Pumpkin seeds are a good source of antioxidants, magnesium, zinc and fatty acids — all of which may help keep your heart healthy.
Animal studies also shows that pumpkin seed oil may reduce high blood pressure and high cholesterol level— two important risk factors for heart disease
A 12-week study in 35 postmenopausal women found that pumpkin seed oil supplements reduced diastolic blood pressure.
Other studies shows that pumpkins’ ability to increase nitric oxide generation in your body may be responsible for its positive effects on heart health.
Nitric oxide helps expand blood vessels, improving blood flow and reducing the risk of plaque growth in your arteries.
Can Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Animal studies shows that pumpkin, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed powder and pumpkin juice can reduce blood sugar
This is very important for people with diabetes, who may struggle to control their blood sugar levels.
Several studies have found that supplementing with pumpkin juice or seed powder reduced blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.
The high magnesium content of pumpkin seeds may be the reason for its positive effect on diabetes.
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