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13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

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Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits
Pumpkin seeds:

  • Are filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper.
  • Are a good source of vitamin K.
  • Contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression. Tryptophan is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is also very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
  • Are high in zinc, making them a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis. In a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
  • Are a good source vitamin E; they contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol per 100 g.
  • Are the most alkaline-forming seed.
  • Are an excellent source of vitamin B group (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
  • Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g.
  • According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
  • Reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
  • Are good for prostate health! The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

Next page: Video on how to prepare pumpkin seeds for maximum health benefits, plus recipes.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).

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5:57AM PDT on May 5, 2015

So many of our foods have benefits. It seems like we need to learn that everything in the environment has a benefit can use the rest of the environment. except ticks and mosquitoes... I could live without those. Of course, moving species to where they don't belong can be a disaster. but it's nice to know that pumpkin seeds have health beneficial quality.

8:05AM PST on Mar 3, 2015

thank you

5:28AM PST on Feb 8, 2015

thx

11:57PM PST on Feb 1, 2015

Loved these as a kid

5:38AM PST on Jan 23, 2015

pumpkin seed oil is very tasty...

9:58AM PST on Jan 18, 2015

Oh wow... now I am going to start aging my pumpkin seeds for more value!

8:35AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Ty

8:34AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Thanks

8:34AM PST on Jan 16, 2015

Ty

4:59AM PST on Jan 10, 2015

thank you:]

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