Based on a Spanish study done some time ago, a link has been discovered between pumpkin seeds and their eradication of cancerous cells.
As a matter of fact, these seeds have several anti-inflammatory properties and they target more than one kind of cancer. Another study done in Germany highlighted that ladies who have already gone through menopause and consume pumpkin seeds on a daily basis, reduce the chances of breast cancer development by 23 percent. It is also good for the following things:
Eyesight – Zinc is an important mineral that can be derived from pumpkin seeds. It is known to improve vision, sleep patterns, and your skin. Additionally, it plays a vital role in strengthening the immune system. Potassium, fiber, protein and manganese are just a few more of the things that you can get from these seeds. They play a role in weight loss and they can keep you full for longer, seeing that you can get around 5 grams of protein from 30 grams of pumpkin seeds.
Better sleeping habits – Pumpkin seeds are loaded with an amino acid known as tryptophan, which is used in the treatment of insomnia. What happens is that the body converts the tryptophan to a sleep hormone called melatonin. Based on a widely published study in Nutritional Neuroscience, it was noted that the tryptophan found in a gourd seed with a good source of carbs was just as effective as the pharmaceutical amount used to treat insomnia. What it simply means is that having a few pumpkin seeds before bed with a small helping of fruits, can give the body enough tryptophan in an effort to release more melatonin.
Boosts potassium levels – Regulating blood pressure, assisting with muscle movement and balancing minerals are just some of the functions that potassium carries out around the body. The daily potassium requirement according to The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science is 4700mg. This is actually twice the amount than an average person would consume. Potassium can also be found in pumpkin seeds and bananas so whichever is more accessible, it’s suggested you add the right amount to your diet.
Promotes prostate health – Pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil have been proven to be quite beneficial to personsi who may be suffering from an enlarged prostate gland, seeing that it contains protective elements called phytosterols. Phytosterols are known to help by reducing the size of the prostate while eliminating chemical compounds that can convert testosterone into an element linked to prostate swelling known as dihydrotestosterone or DHT.
It’s a healthy plant-based protein – Based on statistics from the USDA nutritional database, the following data below is what a cup of roasted pumpkin seeds will look like from a nutritional aspect.
- Fat – 12.42g
- Grams Protein – 11.87g
- Dietary fiber – 11.8g
- Calories – 285
This is a substantial amount of protein for anyone. In addition, it allows you to increase your protein consumption without turning to red meat. The fat content is relatively high, but luckily the fat found in pumpkin seeds is mainly healthy and most people are not getting enough of it.
Makes you feel contented – The L-tryptophan found in pumpkin seeds have been suggested by Shape Magazine to be a natural anti-depressant and they also help to improve your mood. In another article published by Times of India, you have better chances of getting a good night’s rest by having a few pumpkin seeds before bed.