Though small in size, pumpkin seeds are nutrient dense. This implies that you only have to eat a minimal amount to grasp a great deal of zinc, protein, healthy fats and magnesium.
Several researched health benefits of pumpkin seeds include; prostate health, improved health of the heart and protection against certain cancers.
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten row, toasted and eaten as snacks or ground into powder and Incorporated in porridge formulations.
Surprisingly, one ounce ( equivalent of 28 grams) of pumpkin seeds provide a whooping 151 calories of which 7 grams are protein. This makes it ideal for dieting and getting in shape.
These seeds are packed with antioxidants essential for eradication of free radicals which are the culprits of inflammation. One study found out that pumpkin seeds ingestion was associated with reduced risk of breast cancer in postmenopausal women, prostate cancer in men, lung and colon cancers among others. The study stated that the seeds slows down the growth of prostate cancer cells.
Moreover, these wonder seeds contain a lot of zinc which improves sperm quality. Low zinc is normally associated with infertility in men. Zinc with other nutrients in pumpkin seeds helps maintain healthy testosterone levels contributing to overall male health.
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