Pumpkin seeds are so good that I add them to many of my meals. The bonus nutrient value is that they are the only seed that is alkaline-forming.
Did You Know?
- Pumpkin seeds were discovered by archaeologists in caves in Mexico that date back to 7,000 B.C.
- Pumpkin seeds come from pumpkins. :)
- Are high in calories, about 559 calories per 100 g.
10 Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds:
- Filled with lots of minerals including phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, zinc, iron and copper.
- Are a good source of vitamin K.
- Contain phytosterols, compounds that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.
- Contain L-tryptophan, which helps with good sleep and lowering depression.
- They are high in zinc, making them are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.
- Are a good source vitamin E; contain about 35.10 mg of tocopherol-γ per 100 g.
- The most alkaline-forming seed.
- Are also an excellent source of Vitamin B group ( thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates).
- The nutrition in pumpkin seeds improves with age; they are among the few foods that increase in nutritive value as they decompose. According to tests made at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, squash and pumpkin Seeds stored for more than five months show a marked increase in protein content.
- Contain good quality protein. 100 g seeds provide 30 g
- Pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of tryptophan which is converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is very helpful in helping us to have a good night’s sleep.
- According to studies, pumpkin seeds prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation.
- Pumpkin seeds reduce inflammation for arthritis without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.
- Used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites.
- Good for Prostate Health! The oil in them alleviates difficult urination that happens with an enlarged prostate.
- Pumpkins and their seeds were an important Native American Indian food used for their dietary and medicinal properties.
- They are high in zinc; in a study of almost 400 men (age from 45-92) published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, they found a correlation between low dietary intake of zinc, low blood levels of the trace mineral and osteoporosis at the hip and spine.
History and Interesting Trivia
- North American tribes were the very first to observe the particular miracle in the pumpkin seeds.
- Pumpkin seeds are called ‘Pepitas’ in Mexico and they are the trademark of Mexican Cuisine.
- Pumpkin seeds were very popular in ancient Greece.
Learn about getting more nutrition from pumpkin seeds by soaking them: Sprouting Nuts and Seeds
Pumpkin Seed Recipes:
- Nutritious Nut Loaf: Hearty and great tasting!
- Seed Topping for Rice or Vegetables: This is a quick way to add some extra flavor to your grain or steamed vegetables or just for a snack.
- Green Raspberry Smoothie/Pudding: It’s a healthy smoothie. It’s a tasty pudding! No… it’s whatever you like!
- Green Smoothie Blueberry/Apple Porridge: Green Smoothies are nutritious and easy to digest.
Pumpkins Are Powerfoods All By Themselves
Pumpkin seeds are so valuable we put them in the category of powerfoods. To understand this more read 5 Sources of Power in Powerfoods
The whole pumpkin is a powerfood too! Read the health benefits here: Pumpkin: The Biggest Powerfood …Ever