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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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Alisa Rutherford-Fortunati

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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! :-))

6:17AM PDT on Apr 6, 2014

Go natural

2:29AM PST on Feb 28, 2014

Thanks

5:14AM PST on Jan 5, 2014

love my pumpkin seeds

10:26AM PST on Dec 28, 2013

Now that I have access I might take advantage.

7:33AM PST on Dec 11, 2013

Thanks.

7:35AM PST on Nov 30, 2013

I keep some raw pumpkin seeds in the fridge. They are great for putting in oatmeal. I also give some to my dog every few days to prevent worms. She likes them so I don't even have to hide them in peanut butter or anything.

4:59AM PST on Nov 15, 2013

I had no idea. None whatsoever. All I know is it goes great with Corona :)

1:05AM PDT on Oct 25, 2013

I've kept a supply to roast - but don't know how long this process is....

They're white and the bought ones are green .... I wonder why ?

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