Pumpkin seeds are the edible seeds of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color and may have an outer outer hull. The seeds are nutrient-rich, with especially high content of protein, dietary fiber and numerous micronutrients. Pumpkin seeds are oftentimes associated with Central American, Mexican and native American cuisine, but they can also be found across Europe and Russia.
Pumpkin seeds are delicious and oftentimes overlooked parts of a pumpkin that have many health beneftis packed inside. These benefits include their ability to help strenghten the metabolism, heal the body efficiently, boost heart health, lift the mood, help with sleep, protect the bones, prevent cancer, eliminate kidney stones, alleviate inflammation, boost the immune system, defend against parasites, detoxify the body and for those who want to gain weight, pumpkin seeds can help.
The staggering health benefits of pumpkin seeds come from its unusual nutritional composition, including impressive levels of manganese, tryptophan, magnesium, copper, phosphorus, zinc, iron and protein, as well as smaller amounts of B-complex vitamins and vitamin A. Furthemore, pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, an organic compound that also contributes to its healthy qualities.
• Pumpkin seed extracts contain a number of anti-cancer properties and components, including phenolic compounds that have directly been attributed to scavenging free radicals in the body.
• Pumpkin seeds are also good to relieve the prolonged symptoms of enlarged prostate, primarily due to its activity as a diuretic.
• Pumpkin seeds have long been associated with anti-parasitic activity, and has been used traditionally as a way to eliminate tapeworms and other dangerous parasites in the body. For children, who are more susceptible to worms, pumpkin seeds provide a delicious snack and a very important defensive line against those worms, which can result in malnutrition, incorrect growth patterns and in rare occasions even death.
• Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties in the body, which is one of the common uses of this delicious seed. Inflammation can oftentimes lead to various deficiencies, including that of protein, carious vitamins and minerals. In cases of arthritis, protein consumption is important to allow the tissues to repair and restore, thus some anti-inflammatory compounds will prevent the breaking down of proteins from happening.
• Pumpkin seeds have been connected with a reduction of toxins in the body, due to their diuretic action, as well as the antioxidant activity. Furthermore, they stimulate circulation and increase the speed and processing of the liver and kidneys. Uric acid and various other toxins are therefore removed from the body, which means they cannot accumulate into dangerous kidney stones or other forms, like gout and arthritis.
• Pumpkin seeds are a huge source of amino rich protein as 30% of the seed's volume is made of protein. Protein is vital for our body, since in the lack of it the body cannot function properly and we become weak, lethargic, unhealthy, slow-witted and generally exhausted.
• Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of magnesium and tryptophan, both of which are closely associated with sedation and qualities that stimulate sleep.
• Pumpkin seeds can work wonderfully against osteoporosis. They contain high levels of zinc, calcium, copper and other assorted minerals that are linked to increased bone density. A constant intake of these seeds can reduce bone weakness and the symptoms of osteoporosis.