It’s that time of year again. The leaves have all but fallen, the evenings are dark and depending on where you are in the world, it’s much colder too. October 31st quickly come around the corner again. As it’s Halloween, it’s only fitting that we write about the food of the season, pumpkin. The squash of choice is synonymous with the holiday. However, there’s more to pumpkins than just decoratively carving them. They hold a whole host of health benefits (and tastes great too). Keep reading to find out why you should be eating pumpkin…
1. Beautiful Skin
Want better skin? Try pumpkin. The high amount of vitamin C in pumpkin maintains collagen levels in the skin. This helps keep your skin looking firm and protects your moisture barrier (with the help of vitamin E).
2. Stronger Immune System
Your immune system often feels the brunt of any illness you are experiencing. Pumpkin is rich in beta-carotene (which converts to vitamin A in the body), vitamin C and zinc. All are known to boost the immune system and keep you protected against the flu and other infections.
3. Better Sleep
Pumpkins and their seeds are rich in an amino acid called tryptophan, which converts into serotonin. This helps the body relax by calming the nervous system, which means a more relaxing and peaceful sleep.
4. Aids in Digestion
Pumpkins are rich in fibre (exactly 3g in one cup). Fibre is essential to maintaining digestive health. As well as this, fibre works to prevent diabetes, heart disease and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
5. Improved Vision
As pumpkin contains high levels of vitamin A, it is extremely effective when it comes to improving vision and maintaining good eye health.
6. A Healthy Heart
Pumpkins are rich in magnesium, which helps maintain cholesterol levels as well as reduce the risk of high blood pressure, heart attack and stroke. According to a study published in PLoS One, women who ate more fibre had a 25% less chance of developing heart disease than women who ate less fibre.
7. Mood Booster
The tryptophan found in pumpkin has been linked to reducing depression as it boosts neurotransmitters. As well as this, the vitamin B found in pumpkin seeds helps to reduce anxiety.
8. Healthy Hair
Pumpkins are rich in vitamins A, C & E. These vitamins promote hair growth, keep hair healthy and protect hair from harsh weather conditions.
9. Strong Bones
The magnesium, calcium and zinc found in pumpkins help maintain strong bones and prevent osteoporosis.
So there you have it, 9 health benefits of pumpkins. Pumpkins are not only useful for decorating purposes, but are great for eye health, bone health as well as hair and skin health. Why not try it this season and reap the health benefits?
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