Pumpkin seeds should be part of everyone’s daily, balanced diet. Here are five reasons why pumpkin seeds are good for you.
1.Packed to the brim with Magnesium which helps keep bones and teeth strong and is very important for physiological functions of the body.
2. A rich source of Zinc which supports immunity, healthy cell division and cell growth, can aid sleep, better moods, enhance your sense of smell and taste, regulate insulin in the body and also ensure male sexual function and prostate health too.
3.Recommended especially for postmenopausal women as the oil from the seeds is rich in natural phytoestrogens which help to increase good cholesterol HDL and decrease the symptoms of menopause – high blood pressure, headaches, hot flushes and joint pains.
4.Pumpkin seed oil is great for treating conditions like arthritis as they have anti-inflammatory properties.
5. Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called tryptophan which converts to serotonin – the ‘happy’ hormone. Serotonin also converts to melatonin, the ‘sleep hormone’. Melatonin is also great for jet-lag sufferers as it can be used to reset of the body’s sleep-wake cycle.
So, how to eat your pumpkins seeds for the best effects? Always eat organic and raw. Roasting them with a little salt and pepper can be tasty too. Sometimes, it is advised that soaking them or sprouting them before you roast them lightly ensures the goodness is retained and gives the best flavour.
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