Thursday, 9 October 2014

The Pumpkins Health Benefits.

Pumpkins, more than a pretty face.

When spoken the word "pumpkin" brings to mind either a scary face or a satisfied tummy.  We think of jack-o-lanterns or pumpkin pie.

Have you thought of their original uses.... Listed below are eight things I bet you didn't know about the pumpkin.

1. Eye Sight

Over 200 percent of our daily recommended dose of Vitamin A can be found in 1 cup of cooked mashed pumpkin.  That's a lot of pumpkin pie.
Pumpkins are also high in carotenoids and beta-carotene, which is what gives them their bright orange colour.  Beta-carotene is another form of vitamin A once the body has converted it, is also good for our eyesight.

2. Weight Loss Aid

With 3 grams of fiber per 1 cup serving and containing on 49 calories, it is often overlooked as a source of fiber.
A fiber-rich meal can help with weight loss with its ability to make you feel full longer.

3. Healthier Heart
Pumpkin seeds contain a natural chemical called phytosterols, which studies show can reduce the "bad" cholesterol known as LDL.

4. Cancer Crasher

The pumpkin along with the other orange vegetables, (e.g. carrots, sweet potato, squash, etc. )  contain beta-carotene which is an antioxidant, which may help in the prevention of cancer.
Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk

5. Smoother Skin

The carotenoids found in pumpkins neutralize the power of cancer causing free-radicals, can also help keep our skin wrinkle free, according to a Health magazine.

6. Serotonin Enhancer

Rich with tryptophan an amino acid, (commonly associated with turkey)  the pumpkin help boost your mood with its production of serotonin.  Serotonin is a major factor in our moods, WebMD reports.  Keeping a handful of roasted pumpkin seeds available might be a good idea in keeping a bright outlook.

7.  Replenish after a Workout

1 cup of cooked pumpkin contains 564 milligrams of potassium, while a banana contains only 422 milligrams.  Potassium helps with the body's restoration of electrolytes, which is important to keep muscles functioning at their best after a workout.

8. Immune Booster

With over 11 milligrams of Vitamin C in just 1 cup of cooked pumpkin, they are a substantial source of this essential nutrient, nearly 29 percent of the 60 milligrams recommended for women.


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