Pumpkin is a fruit of the plant of the same name and belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family that also includes gourds. It is quite similar to gourd in its appearance and is believed to have originated in North America. Pumpkin is packed with fiber, which helps digestion, reduces your bad cholesterol, helps you to lose weight, protects against heart disease, improve vision and for lack of a better term, keeps you regular.
Pumpkins Ability to Fight Cancer
Pumpkin seeds contain compounds which fight efficiently against cancer cells. In fact pumpkin seeds are effective against different types of cancer and have anti-inflammatory properties. A German study showed that women which pass through menopause should consume pumpkin seeds daily and have 23% lower chances of developing breast cancer.
This delicious pumpkin soup won’t just warm you up on a cold day, but it can also fight off cancer. The secret ingredient in this soup is the antioxidant-rich pumpkin. The beta-carotene it contains can block the growth of cancerous cells. Easy to make, this curried soup will keep you warm through the winter months.
Pumpkins Improve Vision
Pumpkin has five times the daily quota for beta-carotene (vitamin-A) per day. Pumpkin seeds is great source of zinc, vitamin E, vitamin A, beta-carotene and zeaxanthin which has been proven that they improve our vision.
American Optometric Association found that people with impaired vision and cataracts are often deficient in zinc. Zinc enables vitamin A to travel from your liver to your retina to create melanin, a pigment that protects the eye.
Spicy pumpkin soup Recipe
-2 tsp butter
-1 tsp ginger
-2 tbsp curry spice
-2 tsp salt
-1 tsp chili sauce
-15 oz pumpkin
-3 1/2 cups water
-2 cups chicken broth
-1 unsweetened coconut milk
-Sauté shallots in butter until they are softened.
-Add garlic cloves, ginger and curry spice.
-Stir in the kosher salt, water, pumpkin, broth and coconut milk.
-Simmer uncovered over low heat for 30 minutes.