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10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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Rich in Antioxidants: Pumpkin seeds have a diverse range of antioxidants in them. These include, but are not limited to:

-Vitamins: Pumpkin seeds contain E in a variety of forms: Alpha-tocomonoenol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol and gamma-tocomonoenol. Having so many forms of Vitamin E in one food is beneficial because some of the forms of Vitamin E are more bioavailable than others.

- Minerals: Pumpkin seeds also contain mineral antioxidants like zinc and manganese.

- Phenolic antioxidants: Pumpkin seeds include phenolic antioxidants like the following acids: hydroxybenzoic, ferulic, protocatechuic, caffeic, coumaric, sinapic, vanillic, and syringic acid.

- Other antioxidant phytonutrients: Pumpkin seeds contain beneficial lignans including: lignans pinoresinol, lariciresinol and medioresinol.

Antimicrobial Properties: According to whfoods.com, “Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil have long been valued for their anti-microbial benefits, including their anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Research points to the role of unique proteins in pumpkin seeds as the source of many antimicrobial benefits. The lignans in pumpkin seeds (including pinoresinol, medioresinol, and lariciresinol) have also been shown to have antimicrobial—and especially anti-viral— properties.”

Diabetes Support: Preliminary studies have suggested that ground pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil may improve insulin regulation and help protect the kidneys of those with diabetes.

Cancer Prevention: Because of pumpkin seeds’ rich antioxidant profile (and thus their potential to reduce oxidative stress) they may help decrease our risk of cancer. Preliminary studies have focused specifically on the lignans in pumpkin seeds, and their potential to reduce the risk of breast cancer and prostate cancer.

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9:19PM PDT on Apr 8, 2015

i love pumpkin seeds

1:06PM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thanks

5:00AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

thank you:]

12:34AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

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12:33AM PST on Dec 12, 2014

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11:08AM PST on Dec 6, 2014

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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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