Pumpkin seeds are the only alkaline forming seeds with so many health benefits in them. Pumpkin is known in making pumpkin pie. Its leaves and flowers can be eaten, and they are very sweet.
Archaeologists discovered pumpkin seeds back over 7,000 B.C. in Mexico. Pumpkin seeds are known as Pepitas in Mexico.
Pumpkins are accompanied by so many nutrients and they are becoming popular healthy snacks among health conscious people. Pumpkins are high in magnesium, phosphorus, copper, zinc, iron and they are high in proteins. They are also a good source of vitamins A, K, C, and B and they are rich in quality proteins under essential fatty acids.
Pumpkin has many health benefits such as:
- The blood cholesterol level
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that have shown to reduce cholesterol level.
- They control blood sugar
Intake of magnesium reduces the risk of developing Type 2 Diabetes. Low magnesium levels can impair insulin secretion and lower insulin sensitivity.
- Fights anxiety
Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called tryptophan that has been used to treat chronic insomnia because the body converts it into serotonin, the relaxing hormone and melatonin, the sleep hormone.
- Relieves arthritis inflammations
Pumpkin seeds reduce inflammation and counter arthritis pain without any side effects of the anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Improves bladder and prostate health
Pumpkin seeds contain natural oil that alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.
- Protects bones
High magnesium intake is associated with a greater bone density and has shown decreased risk of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.
- Improves heart and liver health
Pumpkin seeds contain fibre, omega 3, omega 6 fatty acids, and antioxidants that are good for both the heart and liver.
- Boosts immune system
It’s advisable to consume plant foods like pumpkins seeds that decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease and overall mortality.
Therefore, promoting healthy complexion, healthy hair, increased energy and overall weight loss.