Why is Pumpkin Good for You?
Pumpkins have so much to offer other than just being made as jack-o-lanterns! It is delicious to eat (I’m thinking of baking a pumpkin pie right now!) and has incredible healing benefits. The best months for growing a pumpkin in Australia is from September to December and harvest time is best during October and November.
Pumpkin belongs to the squash family and is considered to be a fantastic source of nutrition. Pumpkin seeds may be small but are a powerhouse, with a wide variety of nutrients. This orange veggie provides nutrients the body needs and a single serving gives off minerals like magnesium, potassium, zinc an iron. Pumpkin has a lot to offer and it is delicious to eat! It is seasonal so grab your pumpkins during harvest season and take advantage of their many nutritional benefits.
Pumpkin seeds are good for the heart, liver and other major organs of the body. It can help fight diabetes and be beneficial to the immune system.
- Pumpkin seeds can potentially balance blood sugar levels and improve insulin regulation. They are antihyperglycemic (can lower glucose levels in the blood) and helps prevent diabetic complications.
- Nothing is more powerful than phytochemicals and omega 3 fatty acids -- all good for the heart. These two are found in pumpkin seeds and research proves how effective it is in thwarting cardiovascular diseases and has a favourable effect on HDL or the good cholesterol.
- If you want to get some shut-eye, try eating pumpkin! Thanks to its amino acid and tryptophan content (responsible for making serotonin or the feel good hormone), it makes one happy and in a good mood. It gives the body the rest it needs, promoting better sleep, relaxing the mind and body.
- You wouldn’t be surprised to know that pumpkin is good for the eyes* Most people know pumpkin promotes better vision. Eating just a cup of pumpkin has twice the amount of the recommended daily vitamin A intake. It can slow down any degenerative eye disease that can result in blindness; not only that, pumpkin is also good for the skin, bones and teeth.
*If you are good at converting beta-carotene into vitamin A (which most people are not. If you are searching for a more bioavailable form of vitamin A, you might like to try a liver supplement? Grass-fed butter is also a good source and fermented cod liver oil too!
- Pumpkin seeds lower blood pressure and can prevent hypertension. This is all due to the fact that it contains phytoestrogens, a natural compound found in plants that can prevent high blood pressure.
Who doesn’t love eating pumpkins? It’s delicious and healthy packed with nutritional goodness you don’t want to miss. Shop for pumpkins that are organic, GMO free, fresh and absolutely not contaminated with harmful chemicals. It is good to eat pumpkin in a salad, soup, curry, baked, pies, scones, bread, and even smoothies!
Check out My recent smoothie eBook ‘So Many Gut-healing Smoothies’ for my Pumpkin Pie smoothie, it’s a winner!