Chances are you've been digging into pumpkins this week. Now that the brilliant colors of fall are in bloom, it's time to celebrate the pumpkin. Pumpkin and its seeds provide many important nutrients, on top of loads of fun for family and friends. So let's talk up this glorious gourd.
Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkins:
1. Vitamins: Pumpkin and its seeds contain nutrients such as vitamin C, E, iron, zinc, magnesium, potassium, both beta & alpha carotenoids (anti-oxidants which help prevent cell damage), and lutein (support healthy eyes).
2. Organ Health: The nutrients in pumpkin and its seeds help support the health of your kidney, bladder and prostate.
3. Sickness Prevention: Helps with minimizing osteoporosis, increases digestive health by helping with parasites & tapeworms, and lowering cholesterol.
4. Protein: Pumpkin seeds are high in protein.
5. General Benefits: Pumpkin seeds help the body get rid of parasites and other unwelcomed digestive inhabitants, and they contain healthy essential fatty acid oils.
6. Important Fact: Organic, raw pumpkin seeds will provide you with the most nutrients and enzymes.
Easy ways to incorporate pumpkin into your diet:
1. A handful of raw pumpkin seeds as a snack or mixed with trail mix, on top of cereal. We love the tips from www.thefuntimesguide.com about preparing seeds (and they get the photo credit for the above picture)
2. Pumpkin seed butter spread on toast
3. Pumpkin pie/desserts/pancakes/waffles. Consider our Pumpkin Pizza Recipe
4. Pumpkin baked or browned with spices in risotto, chili, rice, spaghetti and don't forget Pumpkin Stew
Thanks to Dr. Helen Lee, DC from ChicagoHealers.com for some of this nutritional information.
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