Pumpkin seed is the edible seed of a pumpkin or certain other cultivars of squash. Seeds can be a fantastic source of nutrition and pumpkin seeds are among the best. Pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped in a very small package with a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium, copper and zinc.
Health benefits of PUMPKIN SEEDS
- Pumpkin Seeds are high in dietary fibre. The soluble dietary fibre in the pumpkin seeds plays a role in glucose absorption and maintaining a healthy blood cholesterol level, while the insoluble dietary fibre helps to keep the gut healthy and contributes to regular laxation, thereby helping help to treat constipation.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a source of polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA’s). Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats (such as PUFA’s) in the diet contributes to the maintenance of normal blood cholesterol levels.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a source of magnesium (30 g serving). Magnesium helps maintain a healthy muscle and nervous system and contributes to a reduction of tiredness and fatigue. It is also necessary for teeth and bone structure and the maintenance thereof.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a source of potassium (containing more than 200 mg potassium per 30 g serving). Potassium is necessary for normal water and electrolyte balance. It contributes to the normal functioning of the nervous system and muscle function. Potassium also contributes to normal blood pressure and regular heart rhythm.
- Pumpkin Seeds are very low in sodium. A high intake of calcium, magnesium and potassium, together with low sodium intake, is associated with protection against bone demineralization, arterial hypertension, insulin resistance, and overall cardiovascular risk.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a source of copper (30 g serving). Copper aids in the formation of bone. It also contributes to the normal functioning of the immune system and nervous system.
- Pumpkin Seeds are a source of zinc (30 g serving). Zinc is necessary for normal immune function and cell division. It promotes the healing of wounds. It contributes to the normal metabolism of macronutrients. It also contributes to cognitive function, DNA synthesis, fertility and reproduction, maintenance of normal hair, skin, nails, bones and vision. It contributes to the maintenance of normal testosterone levels in the blood and to the protection of cells from oxidative stress and has a role in the process of cell division. It is necessary for normal taste and smell and is a constituent of insulin and many vital enzymes. Sufficient intake and proper absorption of zinc is needed to maintain proper vitamin E levels in the blood and increases the absorption of vitamin A.