The Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

March 26, 2012 | In: General Nutrition

Article by: Pam Higgins, Certified Health Coach

Pumpkin seeds are most popular around the Fall when pumpkin carving is most prevalent for Halloween and pumpkin pies are prepared for Thanksgiving. These little gems are great any time of the year and are especially wonderful for those who are allergic to nuts. Pumpkin seeds are a low allergen food, so most people can tolerate them. They are great toasted on salads, over fruit, mixed with granola and yogurt, or a handful with a crisp apple. You can even make your own pumpkin seed butter to spread on your favorite toast or enjoy with crunchy veggies or fruit.

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Why is eating pumpkin seeds a good idea? They are highly nutritious and just a quarter cup contains 9.75g protein! You also get a healthy dose of iron, zinc, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, tryptophan, and manganese. All highly beneficial and essential nutrients!

Research shows that pumpkin seeds can help lower cholesterol due to their high Phytosterol content, a type of plant antioxidant. Pumpkin seeds can also help prevent and fight against cancer. They have been shown to be particularly beneficial for men with prostate cancer. Studies prove the healing effects of pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil. If you need more reasons to start eating pumpkin seeds, they are shown to reduce inflammatory symptoms of arthritis, and do not have the side effects of prescribed drugs.

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Pam Higgins works with busy office professionals who want to lose weight, conquer daily office cravings, increase energy, and feel better during the work day. Contact Pam Higgins for a personalized program made just  for you!

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