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Unknown Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

Pushkar Garg 05 September, 2019 Updated on : 05 Sep 2019
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We now have the easy option of buying dried seeds in bulk at grocery or online stores. However, that should not be a reason to throw them away when cutting vegetables for meals. As it turns out, the health benefits of pumpkin seeds are multifarious. They serve as delectable snacks when roasted and are full of essential nutrients. Soft texture and sweet taste make them as good as nuts. The dark green seeds are a package of phosphorus, zinc, copper, magnesium, potassium, iron, and zinc; all have multiple benefits for the body.  

A healthy diet, some claim, plays a bigger role in fitness than exercising. Our ever-evolving fast lives demand superfoods that provide us enough nourishment to cope day-to-day requirements. Thus, the need for superfoods like pumpkin seeds in our daily diet is justified. If you’re looking to streamline your diet, you need the structured solutions of FITFEAST. It offers tailored diet plans from expert nutritionists and provides a system for you to track your intake and results.

Pumpkin Seeds Health Benefits

Apart from providing several nutrients that the body needs, pumpkin seeds contain compounds such as antioxidants and phytosterols that:

  • Fight cancer and diabetes
  • Improve the cardiac system
  • Strengthen the liver and immune system
  • Promote prostate health
  • Relieve post-menopausal symptoms

Balance the body’s pH levels

We tend to consume high amounts of refined sugar that leads to the constant acidification of the blood, which can be quite harmful. Acidity can reduce essential minerals in the body and affect its organic functions causing diseases and pain. Pumpkin seeds, for that matter, have alkalizing properties that reduce the level of acidity in the blood and tissue. 

Prevent diabetes and promote weight loss

weight loss

Pumpkin seeds are packed with high-quality proteins and fatty acids that stabilize the levels of blood sugar. There are up to 30 grams of protein in 100 grams of pumpkin seeds. Therefore, consuming them significantly reduces the risk of diabetes. 100 grams of pumpkin seeds may contain up to 500 calories, providing you a lot of energy while also keeping you full for long. Having pumpkin seeds as a snack decreases hunger pangs, thereby keeping a check on your weight.

Relieves anxiety, insomnia, and depression

relieves anxiety

Pumpkin seeds contain a type of serotonin amino acid – Tryptophan – that relieves anxiety and promotes a good mood. It also promotes healthy sleep and therefore, avoids depression. Not only that, they contain Glutamate – a neurochemical that reduces neurotic states and nervous irritability. Pumpkin seed benefits include improved mental health.

Full of antioxidants

full of antioxidants

Free radicals are uncharged molecules that are the cause of heart diseases and cancer. Antioxidants such as Vitamin E and C protect the cells against the damage caused by these free radicals. They also contain zinc, phenol, and lignin that keep you young and energetic.

Improves digestion & intestinal Health

Digestion

Pumpkin seeds contain high amounts of fiber as well, which improves digestion and keeps the gut healthy. Proper intake of fiber also prevents heart problems, type-2 diabetes, and obesity. Pumpkin seeds have around 1.1 gram of fiber in every 28 grams (1 ounce).

Osteoporosis prevention

Osteoporosis prevention

Bones may be thinner or thicker depending on the mineral composition. These minerals include magnesium, phosphorus, calcium; deficiency of these minerals leads to fractures and osteoporosis. Pumpkin seeds have high mineral content, which is why they increase bone mineral density and therefore, prevent osteoporosis.

Reduces the risk of cancer

Reduces the risk of cancer

Many cancer prevention studies include pumpkin seeds as part of the diet plan of cancer patients. Diets that include pumpkin seeds are associated with a lowered risk of breast, lung, stomach, prostates, and colon cancers. Pumpkin seeds contain lignans that help in preventing and treating breast cancer.

Promote fertility 

Promote fertility

Pumpkin seeds contain considerable amounts of zinc and magnesium that relaxes blood vessels and thus, promote fertility in men. They also improve libido in addition to improving the quantity and quality of sperm.

Ways to Include Pumpkin Seeds in your Diet

Diet

Phytosterols are chemical compounds that prevent the body from absorbing cholesterol, which means that they’re especially healthy for your heart. They are low in fat and high in fiber and eating them regularly is no less than highly beneficial. Here are a few ways to include them in your diet:

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds in a Salad

Salad

You can add a handful of pumpkin seeds to just about any kind of salad. Roast chunks of the pumpkin with some eggplant, zucchini, and diced carrots. Add a good amount of lettuce and add as many pumpkin seeds as you like.

Pumpkin seeds with oatmeal

Oats

Looking for a breakfast meal that will give you energy for several hours? Add the protein of pumpkin seeds to the roughage of oats.

Pumpkin seeds as a snack

Roasted pumpkin seeds can be eaten by the handful without any guilt whatsoever. Take the seeds and remove the pulp as best as you can. On a foil-covered cookie sheet, add a minimal amount of olive oil or butter and bake them in the oven for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Add some salt or cinnamon sugar and enjoy.

The good thing is that you can buy a fresh packaged mix of pumpkin seeds along with many others and add them to multiple dishes or have them straight from the pack. Or if you want, you can keep making them yourself.

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