Pumpkin seeds are antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds are antioxidants

Pumpkin is a vegetable very typical of autumn and that we can prepare in a multitude of dishes, from salads to desserts, creams, accompaniments. And it is scarce that it does not like it in any of its preparations. And, in addition, there is a multitude of varieties of pumpkin, and it is astounding because we can get edible pumpkins both in summer and in winter:

Summer varieties:

Common squash
Coir gourd
Spaghetti squash

Winter varieties

Candy squash
Butternut squash
Banana squash

Of these, in Spain, the pumpkins that we consume the most are the common and the butternut, and the common is also the typical one that we can see in Halloween decorations in American movies.

But what we want to tell you today are the advantages and benefits that pumpkin can bring to your lifestyle.
What are the benefits of pumpkin?

As we have already commented in our November fruit and vegetable post, pumpkin provides a lot of energy and carbohydrates so that the body can keep warm during the winter seasons.

But apart from that, it has many more properties:

It strengthens our defenses, keeping our immune system in good condition and making us stronger against possible diseases.
It is a potent antioxidant, so it eliminates all harmful toxins for our body through its absorption.
It helps and strengthens the cardiovascular system, reducing hypertension and, therefore, possible heart attacks.
In addition, it is good for the stomach since it protects its walls, helping to prevent and cure gastritis and ulcers.
Like carrots, they have a high content of Vitamin C, so it is recommended to take care of our vision and eye health. Helps prevent cataracts, night blindness, and photophobia.
Take care of our kidneys, preventing cystitis and other diseases of the urinary system.
It is high in calcium, so it is beneficial for all those who do not consume dairy to strengthen their bones and joints. Also, those who are used to consuming dairy products of animal origin can substitute them from time to time, avoiding hormones from animals.
Thanks to its content in Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), it takes care of our skin.
Due to its content in Vitamin B6, it protects our enzymes. It is beneficial and recommended both during pregnancy since it helps brain development and during children's childhood since it helps protect their immune system.
Due to its potassium content, it helps both the recovery and training of muscles and the nervous system's transmission.

Well, I said that it is a complete vegetable, which helps us grow and strengthen our bodies. And from beobeo, we will not be less. We introduce pumpkin in our recipes to help you protect yourself and have a healthy and balanced diet. We hope you liked the post.
Please do not throw away the pumpkin seeds (or squash, as they call it in some regions of Latin America). Almost all of us tend to throw away these seeds since we ignore that they are a huge source of health in addition to being tasty.

Almost all the seeds can be consumed and are very healthy. Let’s think that in them resides everything necessary to give life to a whole plant or tree, with its oils and fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.

All this is also found in the properties of pumpkin seeds. Yes, pumpkin seeds are among the healthiest foods for our health.
Pumpkin seeds properties and health benefits

It must be recognized that the properties of pumpkin seeds provide numerous health benefits, serve as prevention and antidote to various ailments and provide vast amounts of nutrients. Let’s see what pumpkin seeds are perfect for and what their properties give us.
Insomnia, depression, and anxiety

Due to the high content of the amino acid tryptophan that later becomes serotonin, a vital neurochemical to alleviate anxiety states and keep us in a good mood, depression can be avoided, and a night of restful sleep can be achieved.

It also has good levels of B complex or group vitamins (vitamins such as B1, B2, B5, and B6 and folates), and also tryptophan is a precursor of niacin, vitamin B3.
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Pumpkin seeds are antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds are antioxidants since they contain vitamin E of various types, known as an excellent antioxidant that is very important to help repair cell damage from free radicals. It also contains other nutrients with antioxidant functions for the body, such as zinc, phenols, and lignin.

High magnesium content and manganese

There are not many sources of magnesium in our diet and this mineral compound, like manganese, promotes good bone health, the heart, and the proper functioning of the whole organism. That is why its consumption is essential.
Reduce the risk of cancer

According to studies, cucurbits, a family of plants to which pumpkins belong, are effective in preventing and treating various types of cancer such as breast and prostate cancer.
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Lower cholesterol

By being present of healthy fats in the properties of pumpkin seeds, bad cholesterol is reduced and helps to increase the good, as well as at the same time prostate health is improved.

Thanks to phytosterols, which block cholesterol absorption in the intestine, this action lowers the amount of LDL cholesterol in the blood. They also act as protectors of the prostate, balancing the conversion of testosterone.
Balance the body’s pH

Pumpkin seeds are alkalizing, which means that they decrease acidity in the blood and tissues. Many products such as sugar, refined wheat, and others that we eat daily make our blood acidic, harmful to our body, taking away essential minerals, and causing disease.

They promote intestinal health

The intake of pumpkin seeds is good for fighting some intestinal parasites and relieving constipation, thanks to its high fiber content.
They help you lose weight and prevent diabetes.

This is due to its high level of quality protein and easy digestion, which lowers blood sugar. One hundred grams of pumpkin seeds contain up to 30 grams of protein.
They are a great anti-inflammatory.

Its analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect seem to compete with that of popular drugs but without any of the side effects of these others.
They collaborate with the prevention of osteoporosis.

They have zinc, calcium, and magnesium, all of which are necessary for robust bones.

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