Why are pumpkin seeds good for?
- Killing cancer
Pumpkin Seeds are great for your immune system with lots of antioxidants (carotenoids), omega-3 fatty acids and zinc.
With a wide variety of nutrients ranging from magnesium and manganese to copper, protein and zinc, pumpkin seeds are nutritional powerhouses wrapped up in a very small package. They also contain plant compounds known as phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants, which can give your health an added boost.
Bright red color of the pumpkin shows the presence of beta-carotene which is a powerful immune-stimulant that activates the immune system. Studies have shown that beta-carotene gives strong power to our body to fight cancer. It also prevents DNA damage, and produces enzymes that remove the substances responsible for cancer onset.
- Insomnia prevention
Pumpkin a great source of magnesium which serves to calm the body down.
Magnesium helps to relieve the stress that can keep us up all night. Just 1 oz. of pumpkin seeds has 151 mg of magnesium, making it one of the most magnesium-rich foods out there.
- Improve Sight
Pumpkin seeds are a great source of zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene andzeaxanthin, which has been proven to improve human vision.
American Optometric Association found that people with impaired vision and cataracts are often deficient in zinc. Zinc enables vitamin A to travel from your liver to your retina to create melanin, a pigment that protects the eyes. Zinc deficiency can lead to an infection in any part of the body, including the eyes.
- They’re plant-based protein bombs
Pumpkin kernels are the tiny protein bombs. 1 cup of these seeds contains 11.87 grams of protein. Besides protein, it contains 12.42 gram of fat which are healthy fats that many of us don’t get enough of it and 11.8 gram of dietary fiber which is best for losing weight, regulating blood sugar improve insulin regulation.
- They pump up your potassium
Roasted pumpkin seeds provide about 147 milligrams of potassium and 42 milligrams of magnesium per one-quarter-cup serving. A one-quarter-cup serving of sesame seeds gives you 126 milligrams of magnesium and 168 milligrams of potassium. Sunflower seeds also provide 44 milligrams of magnesium and 165 milligrams of potassium per one-quarter cup.
- They help with prostate health
Long used as a folk medicine for prostate health, pumpkin seed oil reduces the size of an enlarged prostate, especially in the instance of benign prostatic hyperplasia (age-related prostate enlargement). That’s why I pumpkin seed oil use is one of three steps to improve prostate health!
- They may make you happy!
A 2007 study published in the Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology showed that tryptophan, an amino acid found in pumpkin seeds, helps alleviate anxiety.
The brain uses tryptophan to make serotonin, a neurotransmitter that makes you feel happy and at ease. When the body has less tryptophan, it can lead to anxiety, depression and other mood irregularities.
In addition, the B vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds help the nervous system work more efficiently, reduce anxiety and calm the nervous system.
When you feel wired or stressed after a long day, eat some roasted pumpkin seeds to help calm you down.