The health benefits of pumpkin seeds

Not too long ago I talked about the health benefits of pumpkins. But did you know that their seeds contain many potential health benefits as well? It’s not only pumpkin and spice-flavoured things anymore!

  1. Zinc

Although pumpkin seeds aren’t very large, they’re packed with nutrients. For example, they’re full of zinc. Along with other vitamins, this mineral helps to keep your hair and nails healthy and strong. It also helps to stimulate cell division in your skin and transport vitamin A from the liver to your skin. So, there are a lot of benefits to one spoon of pumpkin seeds.

2. Magnesium

But there’s more: the seeds are a source of magnesium, another mineral that’s very important for your body. When you get enough magnesium, it’s good for your blood pressure, the formation, and maintenance of your bones, regulating your blood sugar level, and lowering the risk of heart disease.

3. Antioxidants

Pumpkin seeds are high in antioxidants, such as carotenoids and vitamin E. This will help reduce inflammation and protect your cells from free radicals. Eating foods high in antioxidants is recommended as they protect you against various diseases.

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4. Rich in dietary fiber

Not to forget: pumpkin seeds are full of dietary fiber. Whole kernels, for example, contain 5.2 grams of fiber in a 28-gram serving. It’s true that the peel-free seeds contain less fiber. Those are the green seeds you can get in most supermarkets. Don’t pick those. Fiber is good for your digestive system, among other things, and fiber-rich foods have been linked to a reduced risk of heart disease, obesity, and type 2 diabetes.

5. How to eat?

How can you actually add pumpkin seeds to your diet? There are a lot of options: you can eat them raw, roasted, salted, or unsalted. They’re also delicious to add to your smoothie or with Greek yogurt with some fruit. Or mix them with salads, soups, and baked goods. Enough options!

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