Pumpkin seeds are the edible kernels of pumpkin fruit that is allowed to mature completely to obtain good quality. They are power packed seeds with a wide variety of nutrients including magnesium, manganese, copper and zinc. Being on a diet is so much work already and could be frustrating, especially if you have to let go of your favorite meals and settle for the ones you have little or no interest for. Pumpkin seeds are what you can easily substitute with those unhealthy delicious snacks, and have no guilt later on, due to their amazing health benefits. Below are some benefits that you should know about.
1. The health of the heart
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of healthy fats, fiber, and antioxidants, all of which help to improve the health of the heart. They are also rich in monosaturated fats that help to lower LDL cholesterol and increase HDL cholesterol, which reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases. The magnesium content in pumpkin seed is also known to regulate the blood pressure levels, prevent sudden cardiac arrest, stroke and heart failure.
2. Immune system
The immune system function to destroy disease-causing organisms or substances, to decrease the possibility of viral infections like cold, flu, fatigue and other diseases. Pumpkin seeds are rich in antioxidants and phytochemicals that help to regulate the immune system, to help improve its function. They also contain zinc, which is important to the body in so many ways, including immunity, sleep, mood, sense of taste and smell, insulin regulation, and cell growth and division. A deficiency in zinc can lead to impairment of the immune system.
3. Restful sleep
Pumpkin seeds contain tryptophan, an amino acid that converts to serotonin (a neurochemical known as nature’s sleeping pill) in the body and helps you to sleep better. You can eat a handful of these seeds before going to bed to promote a restful sleep through the night.
4. Prostate health
These seeds are known to be an important natural food for men’s health, due to it’s high zinc content that benefits the prostate health. The prostate is the part of the body that contains the highest concentrations of zinc content, and a zinc deficiency will lead to a poor health of the prostate. Pumpkin seed extracts and oils are also known to play a role in treating benign prostactic hyperplasia (BPH).
If you don’t have pumpkin seeds on your healthy snack options yet, now may just be the time to include them!
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