Since the fall season began, it’s been pumpkin-everything everywhere! But, what are the benefits of eating real pumpkin and pumpkin seeds? Find out how eating this popular fall treat can enhance your health.
Pumpkin offers nourishment for your skin. It contains vitamin C which can help with collagen production and skin protection. It can also help get rid of free radicals, which can cause wrinkles. Pumpkins are also packed with carotenoids; these can help in reversing skin damage. It’s also rich in copper and the seeds contain zinc. Copper can promote healthier skin. Zinc is great for fighting acne and maintaining collagen. Pumpkin also contains B vitamins, including niacin which can help with the treatment of acne.
Pumpkin contains three things that are excellent for your eyes: vitamin A, lutein, and zeaxanthin. Vitamin A can assist in the prevention of cataracts. It has also been shown to slow down the degenerative eye disease retinitis pigmentosa. Lutein and zeaxanthin have also shown to help in the prevention of cataracts, and have shown to help in lowering the risk of macular degeneration.
Pumpkin is low-calorie. It is also high in dietary fiber which slows down the digestive process. This can help you stay fuller longer and reduce the rate at which sugar is absorbed (which is good for maintaining blood sugar levels). According to Livestrong.com, “Increasing your blood sugar levels triggers insulin release and unwanted fat storage.”
Pumpkin seeds may be the gateway to a better mood. They offer a compound, L-tryptophan, that has been said to fight against depression, as well as, improving overall mood.
These are just four reasons to eat your pumpkin. However, there are plenty more. Pumpkin is a very healthy choice, so healthy, we recommend not just enjoying it in the fall, but anytime you get a chance to! Happy eating!