Five Health Benefits of Pumpkin
It’s that time of year where there is pumpkin just about everywhere you turn. Pumpkin spice everything, carving pumpkins and pumpkins for baking. But how healthy is it? What are the health benefits of pumpkin?
Great Source of Vitamin A
Pumpkins are high in Beta Carotene which means they are high in Vitamin A. This is an important source of nutrition for a healthy immune system, eye function and it all around is healthy for your reproductive system, heart, lungs and kidneys. Similarly, one cup of pumpkin gives you 200% of the recommended Vitamin A intake per day.
Vitamin A also lowers the risk of some cancers such as lung or prostate cancer. It is a better source of the vitamin than a supplement and easier for your body to digest.
Pumpkin is also very high in Vitamin C, E, iron and folate. Each of these vitamins boosts your immune system and helps you heal quicker.
Source of Potassium
The deep orange color of pumpkin indicates it’s full of potassium. Potassium is a powerful aid in lowering blood pressure. Similarly, unsalted pumpkin seeds have a lot of minerals and plant sterols that raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind). Additionally, potassium can lower your risk of type 2 diabetes, stroke and kidney stones. It is also shown to help with bone mineral density.
High in Fiber
Pumpkins are very low in calories but high in fiber. Meaning, you will feel full without overeating. The increased fiber also improves digestive health.
Feel Good and Sleep Good
Tryptophan which is an amino acid that makes serotonin is found in pumpkin seeds. Serotonin not only makes you feel good but it helps with sleep.
To get the most out of this superfood its best to prepare it roasted with minimal salt and sugar in your favorite recipes.