If you haven’t had a slice of pumpkin pie yet this holiday, then you’re doing it all wrong! Pumpkins have some fantastic health benefits that are hard to pass up. This abnormally sizeable orange squash is packed full of vitamins including vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E.
Starting with vitamin A, the orange color of pumpkin is due to beta-carotene which the body converts into vitamin A. Vitamin A has been shown to be great for the immune system, eye health, and even your skin! High amounts of vitamin C are also present in this substantial orange fruit that can help boost the number of white blood cell count in the body, help boost collagen production, and even benefit heart health. Vitamin E is a great antioxidant, along with vitamin c, that has been shown to neutralize free radicals in the body, reducing risks of cancer.
Pumpkins themselves are excellent low-calorie food that is high in fiber. This perk means you can eat a higher surplus, achieve a fuller feeling, and know that you have eaten a lower calorie food. They even have a potential to help your body protect itself from the UV of sunlight through beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and vitamin E. Don’t miss out of grandmas homemade pumpkin pie this winter! Just try to watch the sugar…
Don’t throw away those seeds! Especially you “guys.”
After scooping out the pumpkin, take those seeds and bake them at 300 degrees for 45 minutes. Lightly salt them if necessary. This nutrient-dense pact food is full of energy and protein. A 1 cup serving has 12g of protein, 12g of healthy fats, 34g of carbohydrates, and 12g of fiber.
These Seeds contain high vitamin and mineral content. Zinc being one of those minerals is excellent for your immune system, cell function, and sexual health in men. They also contain plant-based omega-3s, high fibers, and other vitamins that will help your heart health. The oils of pumpkin seeds are thought to help the prostate of men and even help women going through post-menopausal stages. Eat some of these little fellas in the evening to help take advantage of the tryptophan, which is an amino acid that the body converts into serotonin and then melatonin. This perk will help you reach an optimal sleep. These are only some of the fantastic benefits of the pumpkin seeds!