Now that autumn has arrived, the pumpkin is once again a favorite with many people. This beautiful round orange fruit has many health benefits in addition to the decorative part. So use a pumpkin not only for ornamental purposes, but also enjoy it!
Both the pumpkin meat and the seeds are very healthy. Pumpkin is rich in L-tryptophan, a substance that makes you feel happy and satisfied and which also has a positive effect on sleep. In addition, it contains a lot of beta-carotene, vitamin C, magnesium, potassium, manganese, B vitamins, copper, lutein and zeaxanthin. The seeds are full of proteins, fibers, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, zinc and vitamin K, as well as healthy unsaturated fats.
In addition to all these benefits, another 6 are added:
1. Weight loss
The pumpkin is low in calories but rich in fiber and water, which makes it a good diet for everyone who watches the calorie intake. It consists of 90 percent water, has no fewer than 50 calories, and contains 3.5 grams of fiber per ½ cup of pumpkin. Winning and tasty!
Just like all other orange fruits and vegetables, pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene (which the body converts to vitamin A). Vitamin A together with the antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin improve eye health. It helps prevent cataracts and reduces the risk of macular degeneration (eye disease).
3. Hair and skin
Pumpkin is ideal for dull skin, acne and aging skin. Vitamins A and C soothe the skin and also stimulate collagen production. The zinc is good against acne because it controls oil production and helps heal the skin. The essential fatty acids and vitamin E help skin cells to maintain a good barrier function.
The vitamin A and vitamin C in pumpkin help fight infection and reduce inflammation. Pumpkin seed oil also helps to combat fungal infections. In addition, vitamin C helps in the recovery of colds. It is therefore a good bacterial killer and usable for a good immune system.
5. Healthy bones
Magnesium in pumpkin builds together with calcium on healthy bones. The fact is that 65% of the magnesium that you eat is placed in the bones. In addition, copper, zinc, manganese and vitamin K in the pumpkin contribute to good bone growth.
6. Heart and blood pressure
Magnesium is needed for numerous chemical reactions in the body. Pumpkin is rich in magnesium, but is also packed with potassium and fiber, which is useful for controlling blood pressure, reducing heart disease and regulating blood sugar levels. In addition, the 2 B vitamins in pumpkin (niacin and folate) help with healthy blood circulation.