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  • 8 Health Benefits of Pumpkin

    Posted by Nancy Jirik on 8/4/2021



    The best part about reaping the benefits of pumpkin is that it's so easy to work the fruit into your eating regimen, and not just during fall, says Maggie Michalczyk, a registered nurse and dietitian and author of Once Upon a Pumpkin.

    Pumpkins are seasonal, ripening in the fall. But you can get pumpkin products, like canned puree or soup, in many stores throughout the year.

    Here are eight ways that pumpkin is good for your health.

    1. Shields against cancer-Consuming pumpkin can help fight cancer.  Pumpkins have plenty of beta carotene, which gives the squash it's orange color.  Beta carotene is an antioxidant, a kind of molecule associated with fighting cancer.

    2. Promotes heart health-Pumpkin is a good source of potassium, vitamin C and fiber, all of which are associated with heart health. Potassium and vitamin C can help lower blood pressure.

    3. Helps boost fiber-Many people don't consume enough fiber which can lead to irregularity.  A half cup of pumpkin provides about 3 grams of fiber. High fiber intake is also associated with improved cholesterol and high blood sugar levels.

    4. Improves eye health-Beta carotene is converted to vitamin A in the body.  Vitamin A is crucial for maintaining overall vision and night vision.  Pumpkin is also a good source of lutein and zeaxanthin, two compounds associated with lower risk of age-related macular degeneration and cataracts.

    5. Promotes healthy skin-Pumpkin is a good source of vitamin C, which helps keep your skin strong, healthy, and hopefully wrinkle-free.  The squash also contains a healthy amount of vitamin E which helps reduce damage caused to your skin by ultraviolet light.

    6. Boosts immune system-A vitamin C deficiency can lead to an impaired immune system. A compromised immune system increases the risk of infection. 

    7. Improves mood-Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium which research suggests can help boost your mood. Just a 1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds provides nearly 100% of the governments recommended daily requirement for magnesium.

    8. Assist with weight management-the fiber in pumpkin can help you feel full, which in turn boosts your odds of consuming healthy portions of food.  Pumpkins are low in calories: A cup of pumpkin contains about 50 calories.

    For more information about the health benefits of pumpkin Click Here.


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