11 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
by Charlie Pulsipher
Sunwarrior, 27 February 2013
Pumpkins are rich in beta carotene and can be used in more ways than just making a seasonal pie. Pumpkin can be used in breads, soups, granola, salads, waffles, guacamole, and much more. Don’t forget the seeds though; pumpkin seeds are packed with nutrition.
Natural Anti-Parasitic – Pumpkin seeds have been used to treat parasites for thousands of years in ancient China. Pumpkin seeds help the body expel parasites, especially tapeworms and round worms. These seeds also have antifungal and antiviral properties.
Prostate Health – Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols that protect the prostrate, along with compounds that lower the conversion of testosterone to dihydrotestosterone.
Bladder Problems – Incontinence, frequent urination, and overactive bladders affect the lives of many people, especially as we age. Pumpkin seeds naturally alleviate many of these symptoms.
Kidney Stones – Several studies show that eating pumpkin seeds as a snack helps prevent a couple types of common kidney stones by removing substances that encourage their formation.
Depression – Pumpkin seeds contain healthy fats that decrease inflammation in the brain, but they also contain tryptophan, an amino acid linked to combatting depression by creating serotonin, melatonin, and other mood boosting neurotransmitters and hormones. The B vitamins in pumpkin seeds also help maintain a healthy outlook and relieve anxiety.
Pain Relief – The anti-inflammatory properties in these seeds can help reduce inflammation and pain without the side effects that come with over the counter drugs. They are a natural way to beat the symptoms of arthritis.
Cholesterol – The same phytosterols in pumpkin seeds that protect the prostrate have the ability to lower cholesterol.
Osteoporosis – Rich in calcium, magnesium, and zinc, pumpkin seeds keep bones strong.
Skin, Hair, and Nails – Pumpkin seeds contain essential omega fatty acids, vitamin A, and a good blend of vitamin E to keep skin healthy, hair vibrant, and nails strong.
Cancer – Some cancers come about due to oxidative stress, pollutants, and carcinogens. The unique blend of antioxidants in pumpkin seeds may protect the body from such types of cancer. They seem to do well in helping the body prevent prostate and breast cancer.
Superfood – Pumpkin seeds are all around a very nutritious compact snack. They are very filling and calorie dense, but those calories are packed with good fats, protein, fiber, minerals, and vitamins. They contain a special blend of many of the different forms of vitamin E, increasing the effectiveness of this vitamin and antioxidant. With all these benefits, these often overlooked seeds are well worth adding to your pantry as a fun, healthy snack even kids love.