Some people say pumpkin seeds are more than a delicious crunchy snack you can chew on. They see it as “health food”, but are pumpkin seeds boosting metabolism and your overall health? Before going in deeper we should understand how the pumpkin became such an important element of your lives.
Why are people so interested in pumpkin seeds?
First of all, did you know pumpkins are not vegetables but fruits? More than this, they’re berries. What? How? Well Pumpkins belong to the Cucurbitaceae family (also includes cucumbers, melons, squash and gourds). More exactly, the pumpkin is a cultivar of the squash plant with smooth, slightly ribbed skin and deep yellow coloration.
Throughout history, the pumpkin became more and more important and now has ties with Thanksgiving or Halloween. Our recommendation is to consume it not only on these holidays but all year long, when possible.
The pumpkin has a lot of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein, zinc and more.
Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
North Americans were the first to discover the pumpkin’s health benefits using the seeds for dietary and medicinal purposes. According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one cup of pumpkin seeds has 285 calories: 11.87 g protein, 12.42 g fat and 11.8 g dietary fiber.
Pumpkin seeds boost magnesium levels in your body. 1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds has 168 mg o magnesium, over 50% of what adult women should consume on a daily basis. Magnesium plays a crucial role in muscle & nerve function, blood sugar levels and blood pressure.
Pumpkin seeds boost potassium levels. The same cup of pumpkin seeds contains 588 mg of potassium while a medium banana provides only 422 mg. Potassium is also important for your body because it helps muscles contract, regulates fluids and balances minerals.
Pumpkin seeds support Immune Support with the help of Zinc. One ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 2 mg of zinc, extremely important for your body (boosting immune, cell growth and division but also helping with sleep and mood).
Want to be more happy? Eat more pumpkin seeds. The L-tryptophan from the seeds improve the mood naturally which is always good against depression. Some researchers also point out that eating pumpkin seeds a few hours before going to sleep will help you rest better because it will boos the melatonin and serotonin production.
If you want to take it one step further you should take advantage of all forms of pumpkin seeds such as raw form, extracts and oils!
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