10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a common staple food loaded with nutrients, anti-oxidants, and health benefits. (Image: via  pixabay  /  CC0 1.0)
Pumpkin seeds are a common staple food loaded with nutrients, anti-oxidants, and health benefits. (Image: via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

Pumpkin seeds are a common staple food that are loaded with nutrients, anti-oxidants, and health benefits. For example, eating pumpkin seeds every day can help you delay aging and reduce body fat. With these benefits in mind, it’s a good idea to eat a handful of pumpkin seeds every day!

The top 10 benefits of eating pumpkin seeds

1. Protect the prostate

Pumpkin seeds contain monounsaturated fatty acids. Research has shown that eating 50 grams of pumpkin seeds a day can help prevent prostate disease.

2. Reduce body fat and prevent strokes

Monounsaturated fatty acids can also prevent coronary artery disease and stroke caused by high levels of blood lipids.

3. Inhibit tumors

Pumpkin seeds can eliminate the mutation caused by nitrosamine, a type of carcinogenic substance, and have been scientifically proven to have an inhibitory effect on liver cancer and prostate cancer.

4. Improve heart health

Pumpkin seeds contain magnesium, zinc, fatty acids, and antioxidants, all of which play an important role in heart health. Alpha-linolenic acid in pumpkin seeds can help prevent cardiovascular disease. As an added benefit, pumpkin seed oil is good for women after menopause, as it helps lower blood pressure and increases good cholesterol (HDL).

5. Reduce inflammation

Pumpkin seeds are full of powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals and fight inflammation. Eating foods containing high levels of antioxidants can help improve your overall health and prevent a wide variety of diseases, especially cardiovascular diseases.

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Pumpkin seeds are full of powerful antioxidants that protect cells from free radicals and fight inflammation. (Image via pixabay / CC0 1.0)

6. Control blood sugar levels

Due to the high content of magnesium, pumpkin seeds help regulate blood sugar levels and reduce the risk of diabetes.

7. Improve sleep quality

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an important role in improving sleep. High levels of magnesium in pumpkin seeds also help you sleep better.

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an important role in improving sleep. (Image: Tom Shockey via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

Pumpkin seeds contain a high level of tryptophan, an amino acid that plays an important role in improving sleep. (Image: Tom Shockey via flickr CC BY 2.0 )

8. Prevention of kidney stones

Due to unhealthy eating habits, kidney stones have become commonplace. The problem is more prominent with people who smoke and drink alcohol. If you eat pumpkin seeds regularly, they will help prevent kidney stones from forming.

9. Promote children’s growth

Pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, which can promote the synthesis of growth factors in the human body. This makes pumpkin seeds a great everyday snack for children to help support their growing bodies.

10. Anti-aging

Pumpkin seeds contain anti-oxidants, so eating some pumpkin seeds every day can help you delay aging.

It is recommended to eat at least 20 grams of pumpkin seeds per sitting, but try not to overdo it as eating too many may affect your digestion. With all these benefits, why not eat some pumpkin seeds every day?

Translated by Olivia Li, edited by Derekk Padula

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