Amazing benefits of Pumpkin seeds.

If you’re in the mood for a chewy snack that doubles as a phenomenal health food, look no further than pumpkin seeds.

With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants,which can give your health an added boost.

Best of all, because pumpkin seeds are highly portable and require no refrigeration, they make an excellent snack to keep with you whenever you’re on the go, or they can be used as a quick anytime snack at home, too.

.9 Top Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

1.  Heart Healthy Magnesium

One-quarter cup of pumpkin seeds contains nearly half of the recommended daily amount of magnesium, which participates in a wide range of vitally important physiological functions, including the creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), Magnesium has been shown to benefit your blood pressure and help prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke, yet an estimated 80 percent of Americans are deficient in this important mineral.

2.  Zinc for Immune Support

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of zinc (one ounce contains more than 2 mg of this beneficial mineral). Zinc 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, insulin regulation, and male sexual function.

Many are deficient in zinc due to mineral-depleted soils, drug effects, plant-based diets, and other diets high in grain. This deficiency is associated with increased colds and flu, chronic fatigue, depression, acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children, among others.

3.  Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats

Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA). We all need ALA, however, ALA has to be converted by your body into the far more essential omega-3 fats EPA and DHA — by an enzyme in which the vast majority of us have impaired by high insulin levels. So, while pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of ALA, I believe it is essential to get some of your omega-3 fats from animal sources, such as krill oil, as well.

4.  Prostate Health

Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as an important natural food for men’s health. This is in part because of their high zinc content, which is important for prostate health (where it is found in the highest concentrations in the body), and also because pumpkin seed extracts and oils may play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Research suggests that both pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be particularly beneficial in supporting prostate health.

5.  Anti-Diabetic Effects

Animal studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.

6.  Benefits for Postmenopausal Women

Pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.

7.  Heart and Liver Health

Pumpkin seeds, rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers, may provide benefits for heart and liver health, particularly when mixed with flax seeds.

8.  Tryptophan for Restful Sleep

Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid (protein building block) that your body converts into serotonin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.” Eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before bed, along with a carbohydrate like a small piece of fruit, may be especially beneficial for providing your body the tryptophan needed for your melatonin and serotonin production to help promote a restful night’s sleep.

9.  Anti-Inflammatory Benefits

Pumpkin seed oil has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. One animal study even found it worked as well as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin in treating arthritis, but without the side effects.

What’s the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?

In order to preserve the healthy fats present in the seeds, pumpkin seeds should be eaten raw. If you choose to purchase seeds from a bulk bin, make sure they smell fresh – not musty, spoiled or stale, which could indicate rancidity or the presence of fungal mycotoxins. Organic pumpkin seeds are preferred, as they will not be contaminated with pesticides or other harmful chemicals.

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This article has 12 comments

  1. Byamugisha Didas Reply

    good nutriton helps the body to be strong and prolonged life expectance

  2. Amanya Henry Reply

    Googrich, you are a blessed man, go ahead and heal da world. God bless u more


    For me it’s aquestion.

    1.iwant to know the importances of stear metal(ekicuragyenyi)on body of human being

  4. Wyclife Namanya Reply

    Yebare Omw’ Muteguya kwonka amaziina gebishaka toguma okagataho nebishushani byago. If you can put the real images of hurbs and shrubs with names in our local language.

  5. Bedda Mujuni Reply

    Thanks so much,i wish we have 1000 people like you in Uganda. God will thank you either directly or indirectly on behalf of all people whom you’re helping.

  6. Turinawe Mwi Tiragana Reply

    mukaama niwe yakutuhaire “kalamare Rubambasi”

  7. kwehangana Davis Reply

    can u please tell me what i can use to treat too much sweating and bad odour

  8. James Karakure Owa Kabagyenda, Kikoni ward 1, Ntungamo Municipality. Reply

    Dear Proficient Goodrich,

    Hopefully you are okay.

    I salute you for the your decision to share your expert healthy knowledge with us your fellow brothers and Sisters in Christ and any other believers. It is said that where there is no Vision, People Perish. You have saved many. Thank you.

    However I heard you in one recent UBC twekize 5.00am presentation program that one of your targets is money making which very okay. May I know?:-
    1. How far you have gone with your plan of Producing a herbal’s healthy products book for your niche market to buy and read?
    2. How do you look at my suggestion of you and your organization producing herbal medicines well packed, well labelled, certified by an authentic authority like National Drug Authority (NDA) e.t.c and expose them on Ugandan markets for interested people to buy like your fellow herbalist of Kazaire herbal products has done? May God Bless and whatever good thing you aim at.

    • Stephen Kalyesubula Reply

      my dear brother i appreciate your response and this beautiful comment. as for the book i will inform you when it,s ready

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