Pumpkin seeds: 10 beneficial properties

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Pumpkin seeds, despite their small size, can be considered as a food rich in beneficial properties and as a healthy snack, to replace the classic packaged snacks.

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I pumpkin seedsdespite their small size, they can be considered as a food rich in beneficial properties and as one healthy hunger breaker, to replace the classic packaged snacks.





I Pumpkin seeds are beneficial for the heart, they help us to guarantee us a good night's sleep and a good general health. They can be eaten raw or toasted in the oven at a moderate temperature for 15-20 minutes. They are also excellent hot and can be seasoned with a pinch of whole sea salt. They can be purchased already roasted, preferably choosing organic, in natural product stores.

Here are their 10 main beneficial properties.

Index

Have a nice rest

I Pumpkin seeds have a high tryptophan content, an amino acid precursor of Serotonin, which helps to ensure not only that we live our days in a good mood, but also to help us enjoy a good rest at night, in order to recover all the energy necessary to face the commitments of the following day.

Heart and relaxation

Among the nutritional components present in pumpkin seeds there is the magnesium, an element that helps to give our body a feeling of relaxation. Magnesium is in fact considered as a naturally calming and relaxing substance, as well as being considered beneficial for correct cardiac activity.

Equilibrio

Pumpkin seeds have a content that should not be underestimated highly digestible proteins which help to maintain regular blood sugar levels when they are consumed throughout the day as a snack. Keeping sugar levels stable can be key when trying to lose weight. This is why pumpkin seeds are also often recommended for those on a weight loss diet.

Omega3

Pumpkin seeds contain omega3 essential fatty acids, a factor that makes them a valuable plant source of these elements. Their presence remains in a food extracted from them cold: pumpkin seed oil. It could prove helpful in the treatment of patients with benign prostatic hypertrophy, as suggested by a scientific study published in 2009.



Zinc

The zinc content of pumpkin seeds makes them a suitable food to be consumed by the male population, as this mineral is believed to be able to perform aprotective action against the prostate. The intake of zinc-containing foods is also recommended for pregnant women and to those who wish to monitor i cholesterol levels.

Iron

Pumpkin seeds, along with legumes such as lentils, beans and chickpeas, can be considered as one vegetable source of iron. Taking them as a snack will help counteracting the drop in energy over the course of the day. Roasted pumpkin seeds can be a healthy substitute for classic supermarket-bought snacks.

Anti-inflammatory properties

Pumpkin seeds are considered to be a real e own natural anti-inflammatory, with an almost medicinal power. Their intake can therefore help to alleviate the inflammatory states of our body. In some cases they can help fight irritation and swelling without the typical side effects of medicines.

phytosterols

They are in third place in the ranking of seeds and nuts with the highest content of phytosterols. They are in fact overcome by sunflower and pistachio seeds, but they are still a source not to be underestimated. This feature makes them able to lower i blood cholesterol levels.

Intestinal well-being

Pumpkin seeds contain some of those vegetable fibers to be included in our diet so that our intestines can function on a regular basis. Their assumption is therefore particularly suitable for those who have problems from this point of view and who wish to find their own balance.



PH regulation

Pumpkin seeds help alkalize the body's pH. Excessive acidity caused by the intake of some foods (such as meat, sugars and sweets, 00 flour and derivatives) has been linked to the onset of painful and inflammatory states. Other alkalizing foods are vegetables, with particular reference to those that can be eaten raw.

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