Pumpkin seeds are a great snack since they contain many health benefits. They contain magnesium, manganese, copper, protein, zinc, phytosterols, free-radical scavenging antioxidants and fiber. They are also very easy to store.
9 Top Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
- Heart Healthy Magnesium
To have physiological functions, creation of ATP (adenosine triphosphate, the energy molecules of your body), the synthesis of RNA and DNA, the pumping of your heart, proper bone and tooth formation, relaxation of your blood vessels, and proper bowel function you need magnesium. A ¼ of pumpkin seeds cup can provide it.
Magnesium is important since it helps to prevent sudden cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke and control blood pressure.
- Zinc for Immune Support
Zink is important for immunity, cell growth and division, sleep, mood, your senses of taste and smell, eye and skin health, insulin regulation, and male sexual function. If you are deficient in zink it may cause colds and flu, chronic fatigue, depression, acne, low birth weight babies, learning problems and poor school performance in children.
- Plant-Based Omega-3 Fats
Our bodies need alpha-linolenic acid or ALA in order to function well and seeds are a great source of omega 3. You can also get omega 3 from skrill oil.
- Prostate health
Pumpkin seeds contain zink which is important for prostate health. Pumpkin seed extract and oil may also treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate).
- Anti-diabetic effects
Pumpkin seeds may regulate insulin and decrease oxidative stress preventing diabetic complications.
- Benefits for postmenopausal women
The phytoestrogens found in pumpkin seed oil may increase “HDL” cholesterol, decrease blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms.
- Heart and liver health
These seeds are rich in healthy fats, antioxidants and fibers which have heart and liver benefits.
- Tryptophan for restful sleep
This is an amino acid (protein building block) that the body converts into serotonin and then melatonin known as the “sleep hormone”. Try eating pumpkin seeds with some fruit to promote a good night sleep.
- Anti-inflammatory benefits
Pumpkin seed oil has anti-inflammatory effect and works just as well as an arthritis drug but without side-effects.
What’s the Best Way to Consume Pumpkin Seeds?
To reap the benefits from these seeds you best consume them raw and organic. Make sure they are fresh and not musty, spoiled or stale.
Nuts may have a down side too- they have anti-nutrients like phytic acid which would make getting the benefits of their content difficult so try and soaking and dehydrating them before eating them.
If you decide to roast them do it on 170 degrees F or 75 degrees Celsius and sprinkle them with Himalayan or other natural salt for about 15-20 minutes.