Health benefits of pumpkin and pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin (cooked)

Vitamin A- A cup of pumpkin contains more than 200 % of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A

Antioxidant - Pumpkins boasts the antioxidant benefit of beta-carotene, which per the National Cancer Institute, may help prevent cancer.

Potassium - A cup of pumpkin also has more potassium than a banana, with 564 milligrams to a banana's 422. As we mentioned in our “Summer Games” post, potassium helps restore the body's balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout. 

Vitamin C - A cup of pumpkin can boost your immune system by providing 20% of you daily requirement for Vitamin C.

Skin Health - The same antioxidant powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin may also help keep the skin wrinkle-free.

Diet - Pumpkin is an excellent source of fiber (3 grams per cup) and only 49 calories, which can keep you feeling full for longer with fewer calories.

Pumpkin Seeds

Magnesium for a Healthy Heart – 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly all the recommended daily amount of magnesium. Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke (approx. 80%percent of Americans do not get the recommended amount of magnesium)

Zinc for Immune Support - Pumpkin seeds provide zinc which is important to your body in many ways, including immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health

Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats – Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA).

Zinc for Prostate Health -Pumpkin seeds have a high zinc content, which is important for prostate health

Anti-Diabetic Benefits- Pumpkin seeds may help regulate insulin as well as prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

Heart and Liver Health – Pumpkin seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fiber which help maintain a healthy heart and liver.

Tryptophan for Restful Sleep – Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan. Tryptophan plays an important part in production of serotonin, one of the major players when it comes to getting a good night sleep and our mood.

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