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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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5:50AM PDT on Jul 4, 2014

I have a few in my salads but wish I could find local seeds!

5:55AM PDT on Jun 26, 2014

Good to know and love pumpkin seeds.

9:00AM PDT on Jun 24, 2014

Thanks .

6:23AM PDT on Jun 16, 2014

Thank you..

4:23PM PDT on Jun 6, 2014

nice

4:39PM PDT on May 21, 2014

The only problem with pumpkin seeds is that many of the ones sold in the United States come from China, which makes no sense at all. Given we grow so many pumpkins here, we should save their seeds for human consumption.

8:10PM PDT on May 18, 2014

Thk u

1:40AM PDT on May 5, 2014

Thank you :)

7:47AM PDT on Apr 16, 2014

They make a great snack!

1:03PM PDT on Apr 11, 2014

My "all time" favorite seed. Don and WE CAN! :-))

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