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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, “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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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


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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