8 Health Benefits of Pumpkin That Will Surprise YouBy: Jan De Gols |
Native to North America, pumpkin is commercially grown for use in both cooking and decoration. When in season, pumpkins take over into cookies, bread, coffee, and of course your Thanksgiving meal is not the same without pumpkin pie! Pumpkin is not only delicious but also has many health benefits, some of which may surprise you.
Pumpkin is packed with high concentrations of antioxidants, such as vitamins A and C, which help soothe and hydrate the skin, fight skin-damaging free radicals and help to prevent signs of aging. Pumpkin is also stuffed with fruit enzymes and alfa-hydroxy acids, which stimulate cell turnover to smooth and brighten the skin.
Pumpkin seeds are low on calories, high nutritional food, ideal for a snack or to mix into your favorite salad. Packed with fibers, pumpkin seed slow your digestion and make you feel full longer, regulate your blood sugar and prevent cravings thereby promoting weight loss.
Trouble sleeping? Try eating some pumpkins seeds before going to bed. Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is converted in the body to serotonin. The neurotransmitter serotonin, also called the happy chemical, is the precursor for the hormone melatonin that regulates the body sleep/wake cycle and our inner body clock.
Pumpkin is loaded with carotenes, especially beta-carotene, hence their striking orange color. In the body, beta-carotene is converted to vitamin A, which is essential for healthy vision (and skin). Other carotenes, such as zeaxanthin and lutein, help to prevent and fight cataracts.
According to recent studies, pumpkin has insulin-like powers to lower the sugar levels in the blood.
The nutrition in pumpkin fortifies your heart by reducing two important risk factors for heart disease—they lower high levels of LDL cholesterol and blood pressure. The ability to increase nitric oxide in your body helps expand blood vessels, thereby improving blood flow and reducing plaque formation.
Feeling tired after a workout? When exercising we deplete our electrolytes such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. Pumpkins are rich in the refueling nutrient potassium and restore our electrolyte balance after a hard workout.
Pumpkins are exceptionally rich in vitamins and antioxidants, such as vitamin C and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is converted in the body to vitamin A, which helps your body fight infections, viruses and infectious diseases. The high dose of vitamin C boosts immune system activity by encouraging the production of white blood cells that play a crucial role in fighting infection.
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