If Halloween is the only time you eat pumpkin, it’s time to think of including it in your diet more regularly. It is quite a miraculous food, full of many nutrients and health benefits. Here’s why you should be eating pumpkin more often.
Well, not the pumpkin flesh itself, but the seeds are full of omega-3 fatty acids that are essential for a healthy body and brain. Lightly toasted, pumpkin seeds make a delicious snack and a great addition to muesli or granola, or even as a salad topping.
Increasingly, inflammation is being discovered as one of the foundations of disease. Consequently, eating a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods is essential. For example, pumpkin seed oil has been found to work at least as well as pharmaceutical drugs in treating arthritis, without the side-effects.
Research has shown that pumpkin seed oil can lower blood pressure, thus protecting the heart. Pumpkin seeds are loaded with zinc, magnesium, phytosterols, antioxidants, and fiber, all of which have positive effects on the heart.
Pumpkin is full of antioxidants. So much so, that some companies are using it in skin products for the younger-looking skin. Just like their orange friend carrots, pumpkins are full of carotenoids which protect your immune system.
Protects the eyes
Vitamin A is important for good vision, which is why pumpkin, which is rich in beta-carotene that it turns into the vitamin, is great for eye health.