Top 10 Healthy Healing Benefits of Eating Pumpkins and Pumpkin Seeds

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4. Supports vison health

Pumpkin is loaded with vitamin A, which is important for your vision.  In fact, pumpkin has so much vitamin A that eating just one cup of mashed pumpkin will give you more than 200 percent of your daily recommended daily intake. Vitamin A helps you to see better in low light conditions. This veggie is also rich in carotenoids, which your body will turn into vitamin A also, giving you double protection for your eyes.

 

5. Improves your immune system

Pumpkins are a great source of vitamin C, which is important for wound repair and improving your immune system. One cup of cooked pumpkin has 20 percent of your daily requirement for vitamin C.

 

SEE ALSO: The Top 10 Reasons to Eat Pumpkin Seeds

6.  Puts you in a good mood

As if carving a scary jack-o-lantern face with your kids doesn’t make you feel good enough, pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan, the famous amino acid in turkey that relaxes you and makes you want to take a snooze. Tryptophan causes your body to make serotonin, which is an important hormone that puts you in a good mood. Just a handful of roasted seeds are all it takes to make you do that happy dance.

 

7.  Perhaps the perfect post workout food

You might have heard that bananas are Mother Nature’s natural energy bars but the truth is pumpkins kick bananas to the curb if we are talking about potassium. One cup of cooked pumpkin has 564 milligrams of potassium, a medium banana about 422.

Potassium helps to restore your body’s electrolyte balance after a workout and keeps your muscles working at their optimum level.

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2 Comments

  1. Dan

    Dec 20, 2014 at 7:15 am

    Since in many of your other articles you discuss the dangers of GMO foods I just thought I would let you know that Monsanto sells pumpkin seeds.
    http://www.monsanto.com/products/pages/vegetable-seed-brands.aspx

  2. dannyboy6

    Dec 26, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    It stops me from urinating all night, Prostrate Health…