PUMPKIN SEEDS - SUPER FOOD
Pumpkin Seeds - The Little Seed That Can Do Amazing Things
Pumpkin seeds are listed as a super food. What are super foods? Super foods are foods which have a significantly higher nutritional value than most others. Some other foods to fall within this super food category are blueberries, avocado, sweet potato , salmon and turmeric. Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber and protein they are also a rich source of minerals including manganese, magnesium, iron and zinc.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the most nutritious seeds to eat. It provides a person with almost half the daily requirement needed for manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. The added benefits of eating pumpkin seeds are that it may help promote healthy prostates by blocking the overstimulation of the prostate caused by testosterone. Eating roasted pumpkin seeds regularly also helps to reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis. Phytosterols contained in these seeds reduce the levels of harmful cholesterol levels in your blood vessels. Adding pumpkin seeds to your diet will lower cholesterol levels. So even if you are on cholesterol medication you can still add some of these seeds to help lower your levels the natural way. Roasted pumpkin seeds may also reduce the risk of cancer and strengthen your immune system. Pumpkin seeds are extremely high in zinc. Zinc is incredibly important for the healthy functioning of the body with regard to the proper functioning of the immune system, brain functions, skin functions and prostate in men.
Seeds are food for the brain – pumpkin seeds contain omega 3 and 6 – an excellent snack choice for kids. It contains a high amount of magnesium which has a calming effect on the brain. So if your little kids seem to sometimes be dancing on the ceiling and driving you around the bend don’t give them a chocolate as a bribe to behave, give them some pumpkin seeds – it will help to calm them down. Pumpkin seeds are known to have anti- depressant properties, so it is suggested eating them can elevate your mood. So it may be a healthy choice to reach for some pumpkin seeds before you go for anti-depressant medication. The natural choice is always the best. I say this tentatively because there are some people who have to for medical reasons be on anti-depressants but then there are those people who can choose the healthy alternative. The omega 3 fatty acids are known for their role in improving mental health, and aiding memory. Another excellent reason why it should be in every one’s diet – if you want brainy kids feed them pumpkin seeds. Also, ladies if you’re looking for a fat burner pumpkin seeds are excellent – that was my first attraction to it – anything to burn fat – has it ground and sprinkled over your cereal!
The pumpkin in itself is extremely high in anti-oxidants and beta-carotene. Anti-oxidants help to strengthen our immune system. Beta –carotene converts to Vitamin A and helps to reduce the risk of cancer and other dangerous diseases. Beta carotene is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent, and prevents cholesterol build up in the blood vessels that could lead to stroke or heart attack. Pumpkins are low in fat and calories, but high in potassium. Therefore, it would make an excellent choice for a low – fat snack if you’re watching your waistline. Pumpkins belong to the gourd family the gourd family being the melons, cucumber and squashes. It is not just the meat of the pumpkin that is healthy but its seeds are super nutritious and provide a wealth of health promoting properties. A 50ml serving of the seed provides a healthy dose of omega 3 and 6 fatty acids, making it one of the most nutritious and flavorful seeds around.
I’ve always thought that eating healthy is expensive and that getting kids on nutritional supplements a must. Now I’ve come the realization that eating healthy is cheap – if you spend R50 on pumpkin seeds your entire family can eat healthy for a month. You can eat your pumpkin seeds raw, roasted, or ground in a coffee grinder. I personally grind mine in the coffee grinder and throw a teaspoonful over my cereal. So load up on your intake of not only the pumpkin but also the seed. What we need to learn is to eat ourselves healthy and not sick, we need to empower ourselves with knowledge. We need to learn to eat with our heads and not our taste buds.
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