Pumpkin, if prepared correctly, can be delicious…
Plus it’s extremely healthy for you…
But we’re not talking about the flesh of the pumpkin today…
We’re going to show all the amazing benefits of eating pumpkin seeds…
It’s best to eat them raw, but if you can’t do that you can soak, sprout, or roast them lightly…
6 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Lower Blood Pressure
Pumpkin seed oil is chock-full of phytoestrogens, which has been shown to be extremely beneficial in stifling / preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a supplement that contained the oil, they found that it lowered both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in only 12 weeks.
Pumpkin seeds are perfect for men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer. The oil contained in these seeds helps to alleviate urination associated with enlarged prostate.
While pumpkin seeds may not contain much calcium, they do contain vast amounts of other minerals which are important for bone health, including magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous. While there aren’t any significant studies (that I am aware of) which specifically look at pumpkin seeds and bone health, numerous studies have shown a link between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis.
Various studies have found that pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil can reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Considering that heart disease is still the #1 killer in the US, this is very good news. There is also evidence that pumpkin seeds might prevent cholesterol from hardening in the arteries.
Several studies show that eating pumpkin seeds as a snack helps prevent a couple types of common kidney stones by removing substances that encourage their formation.
The anti-inflammatory properties in these seeds can help reduce inflammation and pain without the side effects that come with over the counter drugs. They are a natural way to beat the symptoms of arthritis.