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10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

6.  They’re a good source of blood-building and energy-boosting iron.

7.  In animal studies, when pumpkin seeds were added to the diet, the anti-inflammatory results were comparable to the effectiveness of the drug indomethacin—without the side-effects.

8.  Their phytosterol compounds are believed to lower cholesterol levels. Of nuts and seeds, pumpkin seeds have the second highest amount of sterols (next to sunflower seeds and pistachios which tied for first).

9.  Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of fiber which helps keep you regular.

10.  They are alkalizing to the body’s pH. Many snack foods are acid-forming in the body. Acidity has been linked to pain, illness, and even cancer.

To preserve the health benefits of the oils found in pumpkin seeds, eat them raw or roast them on a baking sheet on low heat in the oven (about 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius) for 15-20 minutes. Toss with a sprinkling of sea salt and enjoy. If you haven’t tried them warm, you’re in for a real treat! Add raw pumpkin seeds to salads, dips, or ground in pesto.

Subscribe to my free e-newsletter World’s Healthiest News to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow me on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.  Copyright Michelle Schoffro Cook, PhD.

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Michelle Schoffro Cook

Michelle Schoffro Cook, MSc, RNCP, ROHP, DNM, PhD is an international best-selling and 15-time book author and doctor of traditional natural medicine, whose works include: 60 Seconds to Slim, Weekend Wonder Detox, Healing Recipes, The Vitality Diet, Allergy-Proof, Arthritis-Proof, Total Body Detox, The Life Force Diet, The Ultimate pH Solution, The 4-Week Ultimate Body Detox Plan, and The Phytozyme Cure. Subscribe to her free e-magazine World's Healthiest News at WorldsHealthiestDiet.com to receive monthly health news, tips, recipes and more. Follow her on Twitter @mschoffrocook and Facebook.

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4:04AM PST on Mar 2, 2014

i make a drink of pumkin seeds grapes kiwi fruit and honey tastes good and i hope makes me healthy lol do feel ok

9:45AM PDT on Sep 5, 2013

I like salted and roasted pumpkin seeds. They taste really great.

6:45AM PDT on May 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

10:36AM PDT on May 9, 2013

Thank you! However, I think we need to be careful to find out where they come from.

6:50PM PDT on May 7, 2013

.....still best of all....they're yummy, too.....

7:09PM PDT on May 5, 2013

great item.......thanks

7:42AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Thanks

6:16AM PDT on Apr 15, 2013

Beneficial

9:06AM PDT on Apr 10, 2013

This article brings me back to my youth spent in Greece. In open-air cinemas you could hear the noise of pumpkin and sunflower seeds (toasted and salted) crunching. It was sold as popcorn is sold in theaters these days.

5:33PM PDT on Mar 31, 2013

always great info, thanks M.

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