Pumpkins are known for their taste including their seeds. Earlier, pumpkin seeds were first scooped out of a raw pumpkin and then washed thoroughly and thereafter roasted or baked before eating them. But these days it’s extremely easy to find raw, sprouted, and roasted pumpkin seeds all-year round with Sorich Organics Pumpkin Seeds.
A quarter cup of pumpkin seeds provide about 150 calories, 15 grams of healthful fat, just a few grams of carbs, and an impressive 8 to 10 grams of plant protein. They are not only dense in nutrients but also health protective.
Here are six key perks of having pumpkin seed and simple ways to incorporate them into your meals and snacks.
Pumpkin seeds, also known as pepitas, are good sources of magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, and copper. Magnesium helps in improving mood and sleep, while manganese aids in collagen production and promotes skin and bone health. Iron and copper are also present in good amount and are involved with energy production, and help in transporting oxygen to our cells. Zinc supports immunity, skin health, and vision. Just one serving of pumpkin seeds can supply 14-42% of the daily target of these essential nutrients.
In addition to minerals, mighty pumpkin seeds are also packed with cell protective antioxidants, such as carotenoids and Vitamin E. In addition to reducing inflammation, antioxidants help in deterring premature aging and various chronic diseases.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the best sources of plant-based omega-3 fatty acids, called alpha-linolenic acid or ALA. The benefits of ALA include protection from heart diseases, reduce risk of artery hardening, and anti-inflammation.
On top of being low in carbs and a good source of plant protein, research suggests that pumpkin seeds help in protecting against type 2 diabetes and reduce its complications in other ways, such as improving insulin regulation, and protecting organs against the consequences of diabetes.
In addition to the zinc and iron in pumpkin seeds, which are vital for proper immune function, pumpkin seeds possess anti-fungal and anti-viral properties. Pumpkin seeds are also a common solution for various allergies and intolerances.
Research shows that both pumpkin seeds and pumpkin seed oil helps to protect prostate health. The seeds’ zinc content also promotes male fertility since as low zinc levels are related to reduced sperm quality.
You can sprinkle pumpkin seeds on just about anything, from oatmeal to garden salads, cooked veggies, soups, whole grains, and even desserts.
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