Updated: May 28
When you buy your pumpkin to carve up into your scary veggie monster, don’t be so quick to bin all that’s inside, as pumkin is very good for you!
Sleep Better, Feel Happier
The Seeds of the pumkin are loaded with tryptophan, which is an amino acid that can help you sleep better. Tryptophan will also help your body produce Serotonin which is your Feel-Good Hormone. That’s the same hormone your body produces when you exercise, which is why you feel so good after a run.
Lowers Blood Pressure
Research on rats has shown that when fed a diet that’s supplemented with pumkin seed oil, this helps lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in as little as 12 weeks. Pumkin seed oil is also loaded with phytoestrogens, which according to some of the latest research has shown beneficisal effects at preventing hypertension.
Improve Your Vision
You’ll get almost twice the recommended daily allowance (RDA) of Vitamin A in just a single cup of cubed pumkin. This will hellp promote good vision for your eyes, especially in dim light. Those with degenerative eye diseases such as retinis pigmentosa will find punkin can slow down the decline of their vision problems. Vitamin A will also help maintain healthy skin, bones and teeth.
Curb Your Hunger
Pumkin seeds are packed with 1.7g of dietary fibre per ounce. Fibre helps you stay fuller for longer, and helps promote healthy digestive health. Mashed up pumkin only contains 50 calories per cup, along with 3g of fibre.
As I mentioned above, pumkin is loaded with healthy dietary fibre. Research has shown that a diet high in fibre can dramatically reduce the risk of coronery heart disease, compared to those who consume a diet low in fibre