Pumpkin is eaten all over the world! It can be prepared both salty and sweet and may be eaten fresh as well. It can be braised, baked, fried… Above all that, it has extremely beneficial effect on our body. Although the pumpkin has become popular in recent years, pumpkin seeds are also very familiar to us – we nibble them since childhood. And that is a very good habit, because pumpkin seeds are extremely healthy and here’s a reason why:
Help reduce blood pressure
Pumpkin seeds are very rich in phytoestrogens and various studies had shown that they contribute to the prevention of hypertension.
The anticancer effect
Pumpkin seeds are really beneficial for men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer. It also helps to facilitate urination in the case of an enlarged prostate.
While pumpkin seeds do not contain a lot of calcium they contain many other minerals that are important for bone health, including magnesium, manganese, zinc and phosphorus.
Several studies have confirmed that pumpkin seeds or pumpkin oil can lower LDL or “bad” cholesterol, and to increase the level of HDL or “good” cholesterol.
There is also evidence that eating pumpkin seeds helps prevent or alleviate hardening of the arteries.
Prevention of kidney stones
Several studies have shown that regular consumption of pumpkin seeds helps to prevent the occurrence of several common types of kidney stones since it removes substances that helps their development.
It relieves the symptoms of arthritis
Substances which contain a seed help to reduce inflammation and pain caused by arthritis, and there are no side effects that other drugs have.
It is recommended for diabetics
Preliminary research suggests that ground pumpkin seeds and pumpkin oil can improve the regulation of insulin as well as to help protect the kidneys of patients with diabetes.
Pumpkin seeds are best when eaten raw, or possibly slightly overcooked. So, enjoy the pumpkin!