Pumpkin Can Improve Memory and Boost Immunity

Pumpkin can improve memory and boost immunity.
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Poor memory means that the brain does not function well, and it can be improved by eating pumpkin on a regular basis. Pumpkin is considered the choice of food to soothe the neural system and cure giddiness. It can also prevent memory loss.

Moreover, the great quantity of fiber in pumpkin can help move food through the digestive tract, add bulk to the stool, and lessen the risk of constipation. A fiber-rich diet also helps reduce blood cholesterol levels by slowing down its uptake from food, lowering the risk of developing heart disease and stroke. The antioxidant function of β-carotene can protect the brain and decrease the risks of loss of memory functions.

Pumpkin is rich in iron, zinc, and cobalt, which are important for blood cell function and many biochemical reactions in your cells, so pumpkin is called a “wonderful blood supplement” in Chinese medicine. Selenium and Vitamin B6 in pumpkin can vitalize the brain, and the zinc in pumpkin seeds can strengthen the function of the brain. The pulp of a pumpkin cooked together with its seeds are a plus to the nutritional effects of pumpkin. If cooked with yam, the meal can keep the digestive system regular and prevent diabetes and lower your blood sugar.

There is a Japanese saying: “Eating pumpkin in the winter will keep the flu away.” The Japanese health specialist Motomachi-cho believes that people with a weak constitution tend to have cold limbs because of poor blood circulation, which leads to low immunity and makes one catch colds easily. Pumpkin can induce capillary expansion, improve blood circulation, and boost immunity, which can improve the quality of general health and ward off colds. The β-carotene and Vitamin C and E in pumpkin can repair the skin and mucosa, and they can protect cells from damage by reactive oxygen species and carcinogens.

Pumpkin also improves vision. A cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 200 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, which aids vision, according to the National Institutes of Health. Pumpkin is also rich in carotenoids, which the body can convert into a form of vitamin A for additional protection of the eyes.

Pumpkin also aids weight loss because it is low in calories and can keep one feeling saturated for longer time on fewer calories.

Pumpkin is rich in β-carotene, Vitamins B1, B2, C and E, potassium, calcium, sodium, zinc, iron, and dietary fiber. One hundred grams of pumpkin contains half of the  Vitamin E recommended for daily intake. These advantages make pumpkin a solid source of essential nutrients.

Although it is available in all seasons, pumpkin in winter is most tasty. While being picked in summer and early autumn, pumpkin can be stored for 2-3 months. The nutrition will not be reduced and pumpkin is tastier because the extra water in it has been vaporized. One cup of cooked pumpkin contains more than 11 milligrams, or nearly 20 percent, of the 60 milligrams of iron recommended for females daily. Men should take in around 75 milligrams daily according to the daily recommendation.

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