Top 10 Nutrition based Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

The health benefits and uses of pumpkin seeds, and how to prepare these at home.

1. Pumpkins are often used during Halloween to create a spooky ‘jack-o’-lantern’ and the seeds are often thrown away.

2. These seeds have many nutritional health benefits and can be eaten to heal certain health problems.

3. Many people suffer from the common cold frequently, and this is sometimes caused by a zinc deficiency. Eating pumpkin seeds regularly, will boost your immune system and stop you from becoming ill as often.

4. The powerful dose of zinc in these seeds has helped many men to heal an enlarged prostate.

5. They are also one of the best sources of omega 3 as it contains alpha-linolenic acid.

6. Like many other healthy foods, studies have shown that they can help with insulin resistance for those with diabetes.

7. If you have trouble sleeping at night, eat a handful of these seeds a few hours before you try to sleep. The amino acid (Tryptophan) will help you get a relaxing nights rest.

8. They are also rich in magnesium, which helps to keep the teeth and blood vessels healthy. This has been shown to reduce the risk of heart attacks and cardiac arrests.

9. They also contain manganese, phosphorus and iron with a healthy dose of vitamin E.

10. This helps to build good cholesterol in the body in postmenopausal women. Therefore reducing blood pressure, joint pain and hot flashes.

11. The healthy fats within the seeds are also great to keep the heart and liver healthy.

12. You can purchase pumpkin seeds from health food stores, or simply remove them fresh from a pumpkin. Spread them across a baking tray and bake for 20 minutes at 160 degrees Celsius. This will dry them out quickly.

You can also make pumpkin seeds more delicious by sprinkling some cayenne pepper, rock salt or cinnamon on them. I recommend grinding your pumpkin seeds with a pestle and mortar, and sprinkling over delicious vegetable salads. You can also purchase pumpkin seed oil for more potency. If you suffer from arthritis, muscle or joint pain. The anti-inflammatory properties of pumpkin seeds will reduce pain dramatically.