Do you know 2 tablespoon of roasted pumpkin seeds a day is all you need to get required amount of daily zinc and magnesium to enhance your memory and heart health.
Pumpkin seeds are an edible typically roasted seeds for consumptions. Pumpkin seeds are also called Pepitas.
Pumpkin seeds are considered in brain foods. Pumpkin seeds are powerhouses of minerals and vitamins, with wide variety of nutrients ranging from Manganese to magnesium, zinc and copper. In terms of taste, Pumpkin seeds are very delicious and nutritious seeds to eat.If you are looking for quick nutritious chewy snacks then Pumpkin seeds are the best. Pumpkin seeds also contains many phytosterols, free-radicals scavenging antioxidants which promote health.
Uses of Pumpkin seeds :
1. Improves mental health
- Improves concentration Power- Focus and concentration comes from an adequate and steady supply of energy. Pumpkin seeds are very beneficial for mental health. Seeds containing ample amount of Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. Richer in zinc than any other seeds. These all contributing to good concentration.
- Fights against Depression- This little seeds are also full of stress-bursting magnesium, L-tryptophans and vitamin B-complex, the precursors to a good mood chemical serotonin. Tryptophans containing foods are considered natural mood booster and hence helpful against depression.
- Restful sleep- Serotonin is a neurochemical, commonly called as nature’s sleeping pill. Tryptophans and amino acids converts to serotonin in body which gives restful sleep.
- Boosts memory- Omega 3-fatty acids in pumpkin seeds are known for boosting memory power.
Pumpkin seeds are highly useful to cure bone related disease like osteoporosis, because seeds are loaded with great amount of Calcium, Zinc and Magnesium.
3. Alleviates Bladder Problems
As pumpkin seeds are great for elderly age group because many bladder ailments like urinary frequency, overactive bladders, bladder irritation, incontinence, etc Pumpkin seeds reduces such bladder problems. And also helps in urinating patient with BPH (Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia).
The high zinc content in pumpkin seeds helps to prevent prostate cancer.
Seeds are high in easily digestible proteins, hence they stabilize blood sugar. For every 100/milligrams per day increase magnesium amount, which in turns lowers the risk of type II diabetes by 15%.
5. Heart Health
Pumpkin seeds are high in 3s and Omega 6s fatty acids, fibers and antioxidants. The fibers in seeds helps to reduce LDL cholesterol levels and decreases heart diseases. It helps to prevent coronary artery disease by favoring healthy lipid profile.
6. Helpful in Postmenopausal symptoms
Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytoestrogen, which helps to decrease hot flashes, cramps, headache and other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal women.
7. Bolster your Immune system
Zinc plays an important role in immune function. NIH recommends 8mg of zinc daily for adult women, and a cup of pumpkin seeds will almost meet that with 6.59mg. Antioxidants and phytochemicals like zinc that regulates immune system and decreases chances of viral infections like common cold, flu, fatigue and other immune diseases.
8. Beauty Benefits
- Anti-ageing properties- Pumpkin seeds oil rich in antioxidants that promote anti-ageing property.
- Improves skin tone- Pumpkin seed oil is said to improve skin tone.Rich in vitamins A and E promotes healthy skin tone. If you have dry skin, then consider pumpkin seed oil application before applying makeup. If you have combination skin, you may consume pumpkin seed oil or eating roasted pumpkin seeds on regular basis to improve skin tone.
- Giving healthy look to nails and for longing nails- Want long and shiny nails? Consume it on daily basis because vitamin E totally benefits nails. There are capsules of Pumpkin seeds oil available in the market.
- Makeup Remover– You can use pumpkin seed oil as a makeup remover! It has thinner consistency than castor oil ad helps to grow your eyelashes long and luscious.
9. Treats Hair Loss
Pumpkin seed oil has actually been proven to treat hair loss. A study published in the 2014 Volume of Evidence-Based Complementary and Alternative Medicine shows that pumpkin seed oil successfully treated patients with androgenetic alopecia (AGA). Consuming pumpkin seed oil is a good way to treat alopecia and hair loss. You can use this oil in the salad to taste up your salad or you can use it as a cooking oil to benefits from it’s hair growth boosting properties.
10. Weight Loss
Excellent source of zinc presents in pumpkin seeds which triggers healthy metabolism and muscle building. It burns fat. It also regulates sugar level in bloodstream. Importantly it promotes alkalinity by neutralising acidity.
Moreover, the magnesium and calcium nutrients can slow down bloating.
Ways to eat :
- Add Pumpkin seeds to your salads.
- Add them to your green smoothies to add nutty taste.
- Top oatmeal with them
- Put them on top of your favorite fall muffins and bread.
- Roast them and had like chewy snack.
- Make it travel food by roasting and mixing with other dry foods or seeds.
- Can Disturbs GI- Pumpkin seeds are high in fiber– eating too much fiber then you’r used to can also lead to loose, watery stools and finally diarrhea.
- Allergies– People with Food sensitivity should be cautious while consuming pumpkin seeds. Even applying pumpkin seed oil directly to face is not advisable. Try to use in hands if no rashes or reaction then only go for face.
- Hypoglycemic- People with low blood glucose or hypoglycemic should avoid having pumpkin seeds. As described above diabetic patient can consume to have strong check on insulin level but people with low blood glucose is not at all advisable to consume pumpkin seeds.