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5 Health Benefits of Pumpkin and Pumpkin Seeds

It’s that time of year again! Temperatures drop, apples are crisp, and pumpkins are at their finest. You’ll probably be getting a few for carving but don’t just throw away the insides.  Below we’ve gathered some of the health benefits of pumpkin to enjoy this season.

Vision

Just one cup of mashed pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin A as antioxidant Beta-carotene. Vitamin A is essential in aiding healthy vision according to the National Institutes of Health, especially in dim lighting.

Fiber = Feel Fuller + Healthier Heart

That same cup of mashed pumpkin is only 50 calories but delivers 3 grams of fiber, while the pumpkin’s seeds pack 1.7 grams per ounce. Additionally, studies have shown high-fiber diets can lower the risk of heart disease for men and women compared to low-fiber ones. Toss some seeds in olive oil with some Himalayan pink salt and toast for an easy and healthy on-the-go snack!

Lower Blood Pressure

There has been some animal research on Pumpkin Seed Oil that shows it may be beneficial for those with hypertension.  Pumpkin seed oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants like Vitamin E, both of which yield positive effects for men and women.  Indeed, pumpkin seed oil is most often associated with prostate health in men.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Sleep Better and Improve Mood

Pumpkin seeds’ benefits also include Tryptophan, the amino acid responsible for that post-Thanksgiving dinner sleepiness. Since Tryptophan helps the body make Serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain that boosts mood and helps you unwind, you can help improve your sleep and mood with this healthy little snack!

Post-Workout Boost

While most may look to bananas as nature’s energy bar, cooked pumpkin actually contains even more potassium with 564 mg. compared to the banana’s 422 mg.

Refuel and enjoy the health benefits of pumpkin this fall to help balance the body’s electrolytes and keep muscles functioning at their best!

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