Pumpkin Seeds: A Nature’s Gift

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Pumpkin Seeds are truly a gift from nature. They definitely taste great, but are also a healthy protein option too. Pumpkin seeds have long been valued as a source of the mineral zinc, and the World Health Organization recommends their consumption as a good way of obtaining this nutrient.

Here’s what these seeds have to offer:

Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits

  • These filled with plenty of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, iron and copper. Is also a good source of vitamin K.

  • Contain phytoesterols, which have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
  • It is a good source of protein as well. It contains L-tryptophan which is an amino acid, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression. Tryptophan gets converted into serotonin and niacin, which in turn is converted into melatonin, the “sleep hormone.
  • Due to its high level of zinc, makes them a natural protector against osteoporosis. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutritionthey found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
  • Is a good source vitamin E: Although pumpkin seeds are not a very rich source of vitamin E in the form of alpha-tocopherol, but recent studies have shown that pumpkin seeds provide us with vitamin E in a wide diversity of forms. This also makes it a good anti-oxidant.
  • Is an excellent source of vitamin B (thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
  • Pumpkin seeds and products like seed extract or oil have long been valued for their anti-microbial benefits, including their anti-fungal and anti-viral properties.

  • In recent studies, it’s not surprising to find some preliminary evidence of decreased cancer risk in association with pumpkin seed intake.
  • Raw nuts and seeds, including pumpkin seeds, are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3s (alpha-linolenic acid or ALA).

  • Anti-Diabetic Effects: Few studies suggest that pumpkin seeds may help improve insulin regulation and help prevent diabetic complications by decreasing oxidative stress.
  • Benefits for Postmenopausal Women: Pumpkin seed is rich in natural phytoestrogens and studies suggest it may lead to a significant increase in good “HDL” cholesterol along with decreases in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and other menopausal symptoms in post-menopausal women.
  • Anti-Inflammatory Benefits: Pumpkin seed has been found to exhibit anti-inflammatory effects. According to a study it may reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
  • Good for prostate health:The oil in pumpkin seeds alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.

It can be consumed in many different ways. They can be roasted and eaten on their own, and they’re great to incorporate into recipes for their strong, sweet taste. But no matter how you eat them, you’ll be providing your body with a great amount of nutrients.

That’s the reason; the metabolic balance program recommends including pumpkin seeds in the diet. It not just supports the fat breakdown but also full of all the nutrients which is important for balancing the individual’s body. As once the body is balanced, we may control all the health issues.

Post by
Charu Bhardwaj
metabolic balance® & Nutritionist AktivOrthoTM


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AktivOrtho™ is India's first-of-its-kind comprehensive centre for orthopaedic, neurological and gynaecological rehabilitation as well as sports medicine, pain management, prevention, podiatry, medical training therapy (MTT) and weight management solutions located at Vasant Vihar as well as the Siri Fort Sports Complex, New Delhi and Golf Course Road, Gurgaon. Founded by leading German orthopaedic specialist and former surgeon, Dr. Gerd Mueller MD, AktivOrtho™ focuses on the non-invasive treatment and prevention of all types of chronic and acute musculoskeletal problems as well as neurological disorders. Introducing state-of-the-art, German designed rehabilitation equipment together with our team of experienced and certified medical professionals led by Dr. Mueller and Dr. Rana Chengappa, MBBS, DSM, we are committed to providing our patients with European standard medical care, personalised one-on-one treatment and leading expertise in the field of non-surgical orthopaedic, and neurological rehabilitation, pain management, prevention, sports medicine and weight management.

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