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10+ Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH): Pumpkin seed extracts and oils are used in the treatment of Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH) (A non-cancer enlargement of the prostate gland). U.S. Studies have shown a beneficial link between nutrients in pumpkin seeds (pumpkin seed oil extract), and treating BPH. These nutrients include phytosterols, lignans, and zinc, among others.

Protein: Along with all the beneficial phytonutrients and antioxidants in pumpkin seeds, they are also a rich source of protein! One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 9.35 grams of protein.

How to use pumpkin seeds:

-       With any nut or seed a little goes a long way (remember it contains the building blocks to create a whole new plant!)

-       Enjoy the whole kernels on their own, raw or lightly roasted. (This way you get the complete package of nutrients.)

-       Sprinkle some seeds on top of your cereal or granola in the morning.

-       Enjoy them with your evening salad.

-       Throw shelled seeds into a smoothie (as long as you have a good blender.)

-       Take a small handful of pumpkin seeds mixed with some dried fruit along for a hike.

-       Sprinkle on top of your homemade bread (or mix it into the dough) before baking.

There are many ways to enjoy pumpkin seeds, so experiment and enjoy!

 

Sources:

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Huffington Post

Wikipedia

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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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