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Pumpkin is an annual flowering plant well known in the cultures of all warmer countries. Science has proven a number of useful compounds in the pulp as well as in the seeds. Pumpkin is grown not only for edible fruit which can weight more than 10 pounds, but for the seeds from which it makes easy deceptively oil. Pumpkin incorporates fatty oils, pectin, proteins, sugar, carotene, manganese salts, vitamin C, phosphoric acid and salicylic acid.

Yellowish or orange pumpkin meat contains a variety of precious and medicinal compounds. In addition to small amounts of protein, carbohydrates and fats, there is a series of vitamins (carotene, vitamin A, C and group of vitamins B - B1, B2, B3, B6, folic acid and others), and mineral substances (potassium, phosphorus, calcium, iron). Then there are the oligo and microelements, pectin, cellulose and other plant fibers. As for the energy values it is not high 100 grams of fruit has about 30 calories.

Pumpkin seeds have twenty times bigger caloric value than fruit, as they have more protein, carbohydrates and fats. Seeds also include vitamins B1, B2, niacin, minerals (mostly phosphorus and iron) and they are host of other protective medicinal ingredients, cellulose, pectin, phytosterin, phytate, salicylic acid and so on. Remedial action In folk medicine the pumpkin fruit is recommended as a diuretic, to expel the excess water from the body, especially for people suffering from rheumatism, gout, kidney or bladder inflammation. It is believed that pumpkin meat is a great diet food for overweight people, diabetics (if its preparation is sugar free), as well as for people with stomach and small intestine diseases, or those suffering from bloody diarrhea.

Pumpkin can be eaten roasted or boiled and falls into a healthy and healing foods. Cooked and baked pumpkin or fresh filtered pumpkin juice is recommended to everyone. It can be used by children from two to three years pregnant women, nursing mothers and the elderly and those with a sick liver.

Daily therapy, consisting of fresh juice, boiled or roasted pumpkin meat, is turned out as a very good in the treatment of psoriasis. The seeds are used to ease enlarged prostate symptoms. Pumpkin seed is also recommended as an effective and safe children's remedy against worm and tapeworm. They peeled and baked are the powerful tool against intestinal parasites.

The pumpkin seeds should not be peeled. And if ordinary pumpkin seeds are peeled the thin greenish gray epidermis of seed shouldn’t be removed, since it contains the most healing ingredients.

For the treatment of wounds, burns and chapped skin folk medicine recommends pumpkin seed oil (can be purchased in health food stores). Sufferers of kidneys or bladder inflammation are advised to eat one meal consisting of stewed pumpkin with a little tomato and chopped onion, spiced with spoon or two of cream, but no salt. To ease the pain of varicose veins it is necessary to put a sawn fresh pumpkin as the compression on affected spot and hold as long as possible.

It is necessary to carefully take the stamens from the middle of pumpkin flower a little squash and twice a day rub nipple. Repeat until wart fall out.

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