Pumpkins are for life–not just for Halloween

When you are carving your pumpkin for Halloween do not throw away their incredible seeds. Below are just some of their many benefits:

1. Iron

  • Blood building.
  • Increases energy levels.

2. Protein

  • Easily digestible protein.
  • Stabilises blood sugar throughout the day keeping hunger and cravings at bay.

3. Magnesium

  • ½ cup of pumpkin seeds provides you with 92% of recommended daily intake of magnesium. Most people struggle to get enough of this in their diet.
  • Heart healing properties.

4. Fibre

  • Keeps you regular.
  • Stay fuller for longer.

5. Cancer fighting

  • Research has shown that pumpkin seeds can help in the prevention of breast and prostate cancer.

6. Alkalising

  • Studies show that pumpkin seeds can alkalise the body’s pH level. If your body is too acidic its side effects can be pain, illness and even cancer.

7. Cholesterol

  • Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds can help to lower “bad” (LDL) cholesterol and increase “good” (HDL) cholesterol levels.

8. Stress & depression

  • Pumpkin seeds contain Glutamate and Tryptophan which reduce anxiety and nervous irritability.

9. Bones

  • The calcium, magnesium and zinc found in pumpkin seeds keep bones strong and can prevent osteoporosis.

10. Kidneys

  • Phytochemical in the seeds can prevent kidney disease and kidney stones.

Pumpkin seeds can be eaten raw or roasted in the oven on a baking tray 170F/75˚C for 15-20 minutes. You can easily take them with you to work, when travelling or to the gym for a health boosting, great tasting snack.