Back at it with an all new edition of “Health Benefits Of”…and yes…you guessed it, it’s all about PUMPKIN.
Talk about seasonality, right? Ok, so you guys know that I am not into the pumpkin craze at all. LIKE REALLY not at all, however, I know it is a fall fave for zillions of people, so I have to give the people what they want, right?
(Just not pumpkin butter or pumpkin treats for dogs. That’s too far. Just STOP)
So let’s just jump in and start talking about REAL pumpkins and not that artificial flavored shit, because pumpkins are actually one of the healthier fall food items and is considered a superfood. You can use them for much more than carving Jack ‘O Lanterns.
First, let’s start with the seeds.
Health & Beauty Benefits of Pumpkins:
Rich in Magnesium
Pumpkin seeds are super high in magnesium and contain half the recommended daily intake in about a quarter cup. Get to roasting those pepitas and eat up! They make the perfect snack.
Helps You Sleep Better
Since the pumpkin seeds are rich in tryptophan (you know, that acid that’s in turkey and makes you pass out at Thanksgiving), it helps to relax the body and get you that crave worthy good night sleep.
Reduces Asthma Attacks
The orange babies are PACKED with antioxidants which help protect the respiratory system from infections, including asthma attacks.
Keeps You Fuller, Longer
Pumpkin seeds and mash are V rich in fiber which helps keep your appetite low and your belly FULL.
Lowers Blood Pressure
With a high source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, pumpkins can help reverse damage caused by UV’s to help improve all around skin texture.
Gets You that Long Hair
Overflowing with Potassium and Zinc, pumpkins help keep hair healthy which helps improve growth and stimulation. With the addition of Vitamin B which improves blood circulation to the scalp.
Vitamin B is popping back up again! The increase in circulation helps to improve cell turnover which creates renewed (and beautiful) skin!
Moisturizes Your Skin
Pumpkin extract contains proteases, a type of enzyme that helps dissolve protein, which is helpful to exfoliate the skin.
Erases Dark Spots/Blemishes:
Pumpkin is high in vitamin B3 which is great for soothing dry skin and inhibits the transfer of pigment to skin cells, minimizing dark spots.
Told ya these fall delights are for more than just eating and decorating with!