Friday, October 17, 2014

PUMPKIN POWERHOUSE

Cheerfully orange pumpkins are packed with carotenoids and are a good source of vitamins A, C, E and the B vitamins and fiber. They're rich in minerals as well (potassium, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, copper, manganese, sodium, zinc). So go ahead, carve your pumpkins, but also make sure to eat some! Did you know that you can juice them? Raw pumpkin juice is a great way to consume it. Pulp you can use for baking bread or pumpkin brownies. Pumpkin is super good for you! For example:

-Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties that are very useful against the arthritis and joint inflammation. 
-Pumpkin has high amounts of phytosterols that is similar to our human cholesterol. It can normalize the cholesterol to a healthy level. 
-One of the cause of depression is the lack of trytophan in our diet. Pumpkin is rich with L-tryptophan, an essential amino acid that our body cannot manufacture. When this chemical compound is supplied, it activates the feeling of happiness and well-being, reducing the depressed mood. 
- Aids in gastrointestinal disorders (indigestion, constipation etc.) due to its high dietary fiber content and also lowers LDL, "bad" cholesterol and regulates blood sugar level
-Beta-carotene, lutein and zeaxanthin are some of the finest nourishment that help keep the optic system in good health.
-Does wonders for boosting the immune system by increasing the production and performance of white blood cells; building resistance to various kinds of infections. 
-Pumpkin seeds are also great for kidneys. By taking about 5 – 10 grams of pumpkin seeds daily prevents stones formation in the kidneys. 
-The high quantity of anti-oxidants (vitamins A, C, E, and zinc)are great for the skin

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