Pumpkin seeds are flat, darkgreen seeds with a sweet and nutty flavor found in various types of pumpkins,and, whether taken as a snack, or through a pumpkin seed supplement, they areguaranteed to bring a wealth of nutrients. Pumpkin seeds are rich incarbohydrates and amino acids, vitamins C, D, E and K, but they also containsubstantial amounts of beta carotene and most of B vitamins. The perfectbalance of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids makes them an excellent source ofunsaturated desirable fats next only to hemp and flax seed oils. These acidskeep the skin clear, hair shiny and boost energy.
Other ingredients include aselection of minerals such as potassium, calcium, phosphorous and niacin, andjust half a cup covers daily recommended amounts of vitamin K, zinc,phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper and magnesium. Pumpkin seeds are awell-known treatment for prostate and bladder problems, but due to theirnutritional content, they are also beneficial to depression and learningdisabilities. It is easy to include pumpkin seeds into everyday diet bysimply adding them to baked goods, desserts and other dishes, though they areconsumed raw, roasted or baked.
Pumpkin seeds helps to purify thedigestive tract of the parasitic worms, if soaked for 3 hours, then liquefiedand mixed with a half of a small onion, a teaspoon of honey and with soy milk.It is recommended to take this remedy 3 times a day, for 3 successivedays. Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds promote prostate health in menover the age of 50. A common condition called benign prostate hypertrophy(BPH), involving the enlargement of the prostate gland is believed to benefitfrom the constituents of pumpkin seeds - omega 3 fatty acid and carotenoids which lowers the risk of BPH occurrence.
A low intake of dietary zinc hasbeen associated with the higher incidence of osteoporosis at the hip and spineespecially; hence, the consumption of pumpkin seeds improves bone mineraldensity and prevents fractures. Although osteoporosis is more typical ofpost-menopausal women, older men face the potential risk aswell. Anti-inflammatory properties of pumpkin seeds relieve the painresulting from arthritis. Pumpkin seeds are also a natural source ofphytosterols, chemicals with the structure resembling that of cholesterol, soif taken in sufficient amounts, they can help in the reduction of the blood cholesterol.They stimulate the immune system and thus help reduce the risk of some types ofcancers.