Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds

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Health Benefits Of Pumpkin Seeds
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1. Great Source of Magnesium: Pumpkin seeds are among the best natural sources of magnesium. ½ cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of the daily recommended intake. Magnesium is essential for controlling blood pressure and reducing the risk of heart disease.

2. Improve Bladder Function: In a study conducted on 45 people with overactive bladders, the finding showed that pumpkin seed extracts improved the daily bladder function. [1]

3. Kill Parasites: Different cultures have for years used pumpkin seeds as a natural remedy for tapeworms and other similar parasites.

4. Lower Cholesterol: Pumpkin seeds contain omega-3,6 fatty acids, fiber, and antioxidants. Fiber is important in lowering the cholesterol levels in the blood, leading to a healthy heart. The seeds also contain phytosterols, which lower levels of LDL cholesterol.

5. Natural Anti-Depressant: Pumpkin seeds contain L-tryptophan, a compound effective against depression.

6. Prevent Cancer: Pumpkin seed-rich diets have been attributed to a lowered risk of getting colon, prostate and lung cancer. It is said that the phytosterols that lower cholesterol protect against certain types of cancer. [2]

7. Prevent Osteoporosis: High magnesium content found in pumpkin seeds is attributed to higher bone density and significantly reduces the risk or onset of osteoporosis after menopause starts. They are high in zinc, whose deficiency is attributed to osteoporosis.

8. Prostate Health: Pumpkin seeds are attributed to the reduction of symptoms of overactive bladder and prostate enlargement. They are great for overall prostate health.

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Please note that this content should never be used as a substitute for direct medical advice from your doctor or other qualified clinicians.


[1] Nishimura, M. et al. 2014. Pumpkin Seed Oil Extracted From Cucurbita maxima Improves Urinary Disorder in Human Overactive Bladder

[2] Xanthopoulou, M. N. et al. 2009. Antioxidant and lipoxygenase inhibitory activities of pumpkin seed extracts

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