We all know that pumpkin is a very nutritious and tasty vegetable, but there are also health benefits of pumpkin seeds that make them a tasty snack at any time.
The pumpkin is a member of the squash family and it’s is native to North and Central America. Its seeds have been used by Native Americans for centuries to support urinary and digestive health.
The best way to reap maximum from pumpkin seeds is by eating them raw and it is even better if the seeds come from an organic pumpkin. It would also be wise to soak them or sprout them and then roast them lightly before consumption.
7 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds
Lower Blood Pressure
Pumpkin seed oil is full of phytoestrogens, which research shows are beneficial for preventing hypertension. When researchers fed rats a diet supplement with the oil, they found that it helped lower both systolic and diastolic blood pressure in just 12 weeks.
Pumpkin seeds are perfect for men who are at risk of developing prostate cancer. The oil contained in these seeds helps to alleviate urination associated with enlarged prostate.
While pumpkin seeds may not contain much calcium, they do contain vast amounts of other minerals which are important for bone health, including magnesium, manganese, zinc, and phosphorous. While there aren’t any significant studies (that I am aware of) which specifically look at pumpkin seeds and bone health, numerous studies have shown a link between zinc deficiency and osteoporosis.
Various studies have found that pumpkin seeds or pumpkin seed oil can reduce bad LDL cholesterol levels and increase HDL cholesterol levels. Considering that heart disease is still the #1 killer in the US, this is very good news. There is also evidence that pumpkin seeds might prevent cholesterol from hardening in the arteries.
Several studies show that eating pumpkin seeds as a snack helps prevent a couple types of common kidney stones by removing substances that encourage their formation.
The anti-inflammatory properties in these seeds can help reduce inflammation and pain without the side effects that come with over the counter drugs. They are a natural way to beat the symptoms of arthritis.
Preliminary studies have suggested that ground pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed extracts, and pumpkin seed oil may improve insulin regulation and help protect the kidneys of those with diabetes.