8 Health Benefits Of Pumpkins
Pumpkin bread, pumpkin ravioli, pumpkin pie, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin beer -- the options are endless, and endlessly mouthwatering. It's finally pumpkin season
, and the reasons to celebrate are many.
Not only is fall's signature squash versatile enough to fit into all the above and more, it also packs some powerful healthy perks -- like keeping heart health, vision and waistlines in check, as long as you take it easy on the pie, that is.
Below, we've rounded up some of our favorite health benefits of pumpkin. Let us know what else you love about pumpkins in the comments!
1. Pumpkins Keep Eyesight Sharp
2. Pumpkins Aid Weight Loss
3. Pumpkin Seeds Can Help Your Heart
Nuts and seeds, including those of pumpkins, are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or "bad" cholesterol
4. Pumpkins May Reduce Cancer Risk
5. Pumpkins Protect The Skin
The same free-radical-neutralizing powers of the carotenoids in pumpkin that may keep cancer cells at bay can also help keep the skin wrinkle-free
6. Pumpkin Seeds Can Boost Your Mood
Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, the famed ingredient in turkey that many think brings on the need for that post-Thanksgiving feast snooze. While experts agree that it's likely the overeating rather than the tryptophan lulling you to sleep, the amino acid isimportant in production of serotonin
, one of the major players when it comes to our mood, WebMD reports. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds may help your outlook stay bright
7. Pumpkins Can Help After A Hard Workout
Ever heard of bananas being touted as nature's energy bar? Turns out, a cup of cooked pumpkin has more of the refueling nutrient potassium, with 564 milligrams
to a banana's 422
A little extra potassium helps restore the body's balance of electrolytes after a heavy workout and keeps muscles functioning at their best.
8. Pumpkins Can Boost Your Immune System
on Oct. 6, 2012 at 8:43 AM