A lot of people throw the seeds of the pumpkin without knowing their nutritious value. And it’s not so difficult to prepare them, you simply need to wash them and toss them in the oven to roast. They have a lot to offer and maybe if you learn some of their health benefits you won’t throw them anymore.
5 incredible health benefits of the pumpkin seeds:
1. They contain magnesium
Magnesium is considered as the most critical mineral that has more than 300 functions that are good for us. Unfortunately, a great percent of the American population are in magnesium deficiency as a result of their poor diet. However, consuming ½ cup pumpkin seeds daily gives us 92% magnesium.
2. Pumpkin seeds increase testosterone
This type of seeds contains vitamins B, C, E, D, which have a positive effect on the libido. They additionally contain zinc, which is responsible for boosting testosterone, especially for men.
3. They promote good mood and stop hot flashes
Pumpkin seeds contain a certain amount of tryptophan, which is an amino acid that produces more serotonin, the hormone responsible for our good mood. The Magnesium in these seeds regulates the body temperature and in addition, prevents the hot flashes from happening.
4. They prevent insomnia
The same amino acid we mentioned above, tryptophan, besides serotonin produces melatonin as well. Melatonin is the hormone that helps control your sleep and also your wake cycles. Therefore, if you suffer from insomnia, you should just eat more pumpkin seeds so that you can finally get some good night sleep.
5. They can fight cancer
Pumpkin seeds also produce cucurbitacins, which are a class of highly oxidized tetracyclic triterpenoids that have anti-cancer effects.
Other health benefits from these seeds:
1. They support antioxidants
Alpha-tocomonoenola, gamma-tocomonoenola, delta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, alpha-tocopherol… these are all forms of the vitamin E, which is found in pumpkin seeds.
2. They support minerals
Iron, magnesium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, copper.
3. For Diabetes
The oil of pumpkin seeds improves the insulin regulation of diabetic animals and stops renal failure.
Pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed oil, and pumpkin seed extracts, all can kill microbes, fungi, and viruses.
Recent studies have discovered that various nutrients in these seeds can affect positively on benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), which include lignans, zinc, and phytosterols.