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Many people make a huge mistake when they throw away pumpkin seeds because they are abundant in numerous different nutrients, vitamins and minerals including selenium, calcium, amino acids, iron, zinc , magnesium, potassium, vitamin E and K, etc. moreover, they are a rich source of phytosterols and free-radical scavenging antioxidants as well.
One study conducted in Spain discovered that pumpkin seeds contain certain constituents that are extremely effective in killing cancer cells. This is why they are effective against different types of cancer. Moreover, they also have anti-inflammatory properties as well. according to a German study, women in menopause should definitely eat pumpkin seeds on a daily basis in order to have 23% lower chances of developing breast cancer.
Tryptophan is an amino acid which is contained in pumpkin seeds and it is effective when it comes to chronic insomnia. This is because the body coverts it into melatonin, the “sleep” hormone.
Nutritional Neuroscience published a study which showed that the consumption of tryptophan from a gourd seed together with a carbohydrate source is similar to pharmaceutical grade tryptophan for the treatment of insomnia.
Due to the fact that tryptophan is needed for melatonin production, consuming a few seeds before bed is the best choice.
Pumpkin seeds are abundant in zinc which is essential mineral for the immune system. This mineral can also enhance your skin, vision, sleep and mood. Moreover, these seeds are also a rich source of phosphor, proteins, fibers, potassium and manganese which is why they can aid in weight reduction. 30 g of pumpkin seeds contains 5 g of protein which will keep you full for the entire day.
They’re Plant-Based Protein Bombs
According to the USDA nutritional database, this is how 1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds stacks up nutrition-wise:
- 285 calories
- 11.87 grams protein
- 12.42 g fat
- 11.8 g dietary fiber
Even though plant-based proteins are different from animal-based ones, they are just as important and that is why pumpkin seeds are an excellent way to boost your protein intake without having to consume meat.
They Pump Up Your Potassium
Potassium is very important mineral for our body because it regulates the fluids, balances minerals, maintains blood pressure, reduces the risk of recurrent kidney stones, helps muscles to contract, prevents bone loss as the body ages, etc.
According to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science, adults should consume at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day, which is twice as much as most people get. It should be mentioned that pumpkin seeds are abundant in this important mineral and just one cup of them contains 588mg of potassium. Compare that to the famous potassium source known as a banana — a medium one provides 422 mg.
They Help With Prostate Health
According to one research, both pumpkin seeds and oil can support prostate health and can also treat benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). According to Prevention magazine, these seeds contain protective compounds named phytosterols which are able to shrink the prostate. Moreover, they also offer chemichals that may prevent some some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is associated with enlarged prostate.
They May Make You Happy!
Yet another magazine named Shape claims that the L-tryptophan in pumpkin seeds is able to improve the mood naturally and may even be effective against depression. According to The Times of India, people should consume pumpkin seeds several hours prior to sleep in order to help encourage a good night’s sleep.