Pumpkin Seeds: The Super Food
Well, who hasn’t as a child not had a box of those pumpkin seeds and enjoyed simply just sucking on them? In addition to the great pumpkin pies and puddings and the Jack-O-Lanterns that we enjoy around the fall of the year, it seems like the lowly pumpkin seed gets discarded as non-essential.
However, we at Nashua Nutrition like to think out of the box and look for all the benefits even in pumpkin seeds. We will take the time to explore a few of the benefits and why you should incorporate them into you fall selection of great treats. Don’t forget, for great vitamins year around check out Bariatric Advantage vitamins.
First of all, it is a great source of zinc, under the shell in the endosperm envelope. The best way to get all the benefits of this zinc is to eat the entire roasted seed, including the shell.
Pumpkin seeds also provide a very diverse way of delivering vitamin E. These include the forms of vitamin E as alpha-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, alpha-toco mono enol, and gamma-toco mono enol. It is because of this, that the method of getting this vitamin into our body is very effective with pumpkin seeds.
Pumpkin seeds also contain a significant amount of magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, copper, protein and iron. So, as a result, what are the health benefits.
Pumpkin seeds have mineral and antioxidant support. Aids in diabetic’s prevention, antimicrobial benefits and a real warrior in helping to fight various forms of cancer including Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia (BPH)!
Some suggestions in adding pumpkin seeds to your diet would be on a salad, part of your steamed or sautéed’ vegetable servings! Chop them up to add to your cereal, to you oatmeal cookies or even great filler to your hamburgers.
There is a reason that pumpkins, native to North and South America have been traced back to their use to around 1300 AD. Pumpkins and eating pumpkin seeds have been known by these cultures to contain many health benefits. Pumpkin seed consumption has spread to the rest of the world in Europe and even to China.
China has become one of the biggest producers of pumpkins in the world. So including pumpkin seeds in most of the world’s diet is a great reason for you to not simply throw them away after carving. Maybe you should consider roasting them for health.
- Nashua Nutrition Admin