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Saturday, 24 March 2012


Pumpkin seed, Pepita, curcurbita pepo

  Manganese    Tryptophan    Phosphorous    Magnesium    Omega-3  

pumpkin seedsPumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas are rich in manganese, which is important for bone and nerve health, maintaining optimum thyroid function and blood sugar levels, and protection against free radicals. It is also helpful in the utilisation of nutrients such as thiamin, which is also present in pumpkin seeds.

Pumpkin seeds have a very high protein content, comprising about one third of the overall seed. They are rich in the antioxidant vitamin E, protecting skin and mucus membranes from the ageing effects of free radicals. They are also high in the B-complex vitamins, such as thiaminriboflavinniacin, which also protect the skin and hair, amongst a plethora of other health benefits. Pumpkin Seeds also have beneficial amounts of copper and iron.

The mono-unsaturated fatty acids that are abundant in pumpkin seeds, such as oleic acid, are able to lower blood LDLcholesterol levels, increasing HDL cholesterol levels. These mono-unsaturated fatty acids are preventative against strokes and coronary heart disease.

The pumpkin seed has one of the highest contents of phytosterols in the nut and seed world. Phytosterols and cholesterol are similar in terms of their structure, which may me why they are beneficial in reducing blood cholesterol levels. Another health benefit of phytosterols is that they may also have inhibitory effects on certain forms of cancer, such as breastovarianstomach and lung, whilst improving immune response.

Pumpkin seeds have important health benefits for men, as they have properties that can inhibit prostate cell multiplication. This may be due to the high zinc content, omega-3 fatsphytosterols, and the carotinoids found in pumpkin seedsZinc is also good for bone mineral density, protecting against osteoporosis in both men and women.

The brilliant anti-inflammatory properties of  Pumpkin Seeds are very beneficial, being particularly therapeutic to those afflicted with arthritis, and has been shown to do so better than, and without the negative side effects that are associated with anti-inflammatory drugs.

Tryptophan is abundant in pumpkin seeds, which can help to relieve anxiety and depression. Tryptophan elevates mood as the body transforms it into niacin and seratonin.

Pumpkin seeds are anti-parasitic, and have been used to treat worms and other parasites. They can also be a helpful treatment for bladder and urinary problems.