Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Health Benefits of Eating Pumpkin Seeds

Ready to carve those pumpkins? Don’t throw the seeds away when you’re done! If you are acidic, or even somewhat acidic, in your stomach, you’d probably be thankful that pumpkin seeds exist. Everywhere, people are preparing dangerously acidic meals. To counteract the negative effects of acidic foods and meals, take note of studying and incorporating pumpkin seeds into your diet. These seeds increase in nutritive value as they age. According to research done in the Experimental Station in Massachusetts, squash and seeds of pumpkin that have been stored for a long, long time increase in their protein content.

  • Pumpkin seeds have large amounts of minerals that include copper, iron, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus.
  • These seeds are rich in Vitamin K.
  • These seeds are able to help in lowering LDL cholesterol in human bodies. This is because they have phytosterols compounds.
  • Pumpkin seeds promote sleep and lower depression. This is due to the presence of tryptophan (in them) which when absorbed in the body becomes serotonin, a good sleep inducer.
  • Pumpkin seeds contain big amount of zinc, a mineral very important in preventing osteoporosis.
  • Pumpkin seeds are a very good source of vitamin E and the B vitamins.
  • Pumpkin seeds are full of protein as mentioned earlier. They also reduce inflammation associated with arthritis.
  • Pumpkin seeds have been found to have the ability to prevent formation of kidney stones.
  • In some cultures, pumpkin seeds are used as a natural remedy for tapeworm and many other parasites.
  • Pumpkin seeds are perfect for men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer. The oil contained in these seeds helps to alleviate urination associated with enlarged prostate.

Depending on your local weather conditions during the month of October, an un-treated, carved pumpkin can have a life span any were of from a week to only a few days. The best way to make a carved pumpkin last longer is to slow down the dehydration process and deter the on-set of mold. When pumpkins shrivel up, it’s because they have lost moisture. You can soak your carved pumpkin in water 15-30 minutes every day, or immediately after you carve your pumpkin cover the entire outside and inside surface with petroleum jelly. Don’t use candles to light your carved pumpkin from the inside as this speeds up the dehydration process. Use a rechargeable LED light, instead. Are you looking for a cool design to make your pumpkin original?

Instead of candy, supply INBars during your Halloween party or hand out to trick-or-treaters!

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