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10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

October, November and December are all prime pumpkin months in the U.S. and soon enough, people will be carving up pumpkins for jack-o-lanterns, homemade pies and pumpkin bakes! But before you prepare your pumpkin as a decoration, dessert or dinner, remember to save your seeds. If you simply scoop out and compost your pumpkin/squash seeds you could be throwing out a heap of great nutrients and their inherent plant-based health benefits.

Vitamins, minerals and other important phytonutrients in pumpkin seeds*:

-       Manganese

-       Tryptophan

-       Magnesium

-       Phosphorus

-       Copper

-       Zinc

-       Iron

* Pumpkin seeds are either an excellent or very good source of all of these nutrients and vitamins. There are many other nutrients, minerals and vitamins present in pumpkin seeds that are not listed here.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:

Tryptophan: Helps fight depression (converted into serotonin and niacin).

Glutamate (needed to create GABA): Anti-stress neurochemical, helps relieve anxiety and other related conditions.

Zinc: Boosts immune function and fights osteoporosis.

Phytosterols: Reduce LDL cholesterol (the bad kind) and raise HDL (the good kind). May also be effective in the prevention of cancer.

- The above section is from the article 10 Protein Packed Plants.

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9:19PM PDT on Apr 8, 2015

i love pumpkin seeds

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5:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

thank you:]

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8:56PM PST on Nov 29, 2014

Thanks for sharing.

9:55PM PDT on Oct 26, 2014

Still good to know and still tasty, thanks.

10:37PM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Thank you

2:32PM PDT on Oct 15, 2014


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Great ideas, some not just for summer. Thanks.

Thank you.

How about pomegranate?


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