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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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2:57AM PDT on Oct 24, 2014

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12:38PM PDT on Oct 19, 2014

Thank you!

5:52AM PDT on Oct 17, 2014

thanks for the recipes

8:28AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

good to know

8:18AM PDT on Oct 16, 2014

Kamia, thanks for the suggestion on saving the seeds for birds in winter.

4:47AM PDT on Oct 13, 2014

Get to know the true value of everything

7:43AM PDT on Oct 12, 2014

Love fresh pumpkin seeds from our Halloween pumpkins freshly toasted with a little sea salt. Love Pepitas in salads and soups, but they are very expensive and a rare treat.

2:50PM PDT on Sep 30, 2014

Sorry, but this article did NOT need to be three pages, so I didn't click through to all of them. I always use whatever seeds are produced by my fruits or vegetables whenever possible, and dried pumpkin seeds are much loved by my birds come early winter.

7:55AM PDT on Sep 26, 2014

I love pumpkin seeds.

12:54PM PDT on Sep 25, 2014

wonderful :) :) I personally LOVE having them cooked in the oven after we scoop & clean them from the pumpkins for Halloween. :) Yum yum!!!!

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