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Look what a one cup serving of Pumpkin seeds (64 grams) offers:
- 44% daily value of zinc
- 22% of copper
- 42% magnesium
- 16% manganese
- 17% potassium
- 17% iron (enough to help improve iron-deficiency anemia)
Pumpkin seeds are something in which you can indulge because they are a whole food source of these minerals which means your body really recognizes them and knows how to utilize them effectively and efficiently.
To translate what these means to your body beyond a general nutritional boost, research has shown that these seeds may:
- Help mitigate the effects of postmenopausal symptoms like hot flashes, headaches, high blood pressure. ** contact me for an essential oil blend that is fantastic for this!
- According to a study published in 1995 in the journal of Pharmacological Research, pumpkin seeds work as well as some NSAID drugs for arthritis without causing liver damage.
- Slow down BPH, a condition for many men where their prostates grow larger as they age.
- Inhibit the formation calcium oxalate kidney stones according to a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition
- Convey heart and liver protective properties according to a study published in Journal of Food Chemistry and Toxicology (2008). This was shown when combined with flaxseed – both of which are powerful antioxidants.
- More specifically – help protect and heal from liver injury caused by Tylenol, methotrexate and carbon tetrachloride.
- Help alleviate intestinal parasites (a test done on dogs was significant in this research)
- Improve insomnia and lessen anxiety due to the high level of tryptophan found in the seeds. A 2005 study published in the journal, Nutritional Neuroscience, found that pumpkin seed-sourced tryptophan in combination with carbohydrate was as effective as pharmaceutical tryptophan in reducing awake time during the night.
Feel free to indulge in this seasonal treat all year round.
Raw, roasted or my favorite way – soaked for a few hours and then seasoned with various spices and placed in the dehydrator for several days to allow them to become nice and crispy. And the good news is if you are not actually getting them from a whole pumpkin, organic pumpkin seeds are much less expensive than some of the nuts with which I mix them!
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