Pumpkin seeds and its multiple health properties

Las semillas de calabaza y sus mĂșltiples propiedades para la salud

Have you ever imagined you ever pumpkin seeds - which normally dismiss - could lock up so many benefits for our body?

Toasted pumpkin seeds have a mild and sweet flavor - similar to the walnut - with a chewy texture, but above all, they are one of the most nutritious seeds that exist. In some places also it known as "PIPs" and they are dark green. Some of these seeds are covered by a yellow and white shell.

Pumpkins are native to North America. This food was already very valued in ancient times by native Americans, due to their nutritional and medicinal properties. Its multiple benefits derived from a high content in essential nutrients for our body: zinc, phosphorus, copper, potassium, iron and magnesium.

How do you consume?

Normally the pumpkin seeds are removed and are boiled in water and salt. We then proceed to place them in the oven so they toasted. Once toasted, you can eat directly as well or use them for other preparations, although in any way are equally delicious.

One option is to toast them with salt and use them in salted like salad preparations, for example, in soups or where you can think. They can also caramelize and add to the preparation of the muesli or homemade cereal bars.

An excellent alternative is to spray the pumpkin seeds and add them to a combination of fresh fruits and nuts, take them with flakes of corn or other grains either hot or cold. This flour can even be incorporated to make bread or homemade biscuits, adding these seeds powder to flour normally used for preparation.

It is also possible to get oil of seeds of pumpkin in specialty stores.

What are the health benefits?

Pumpkin seeds contain generous amounts of vitamins A, K, as well as folic acid, in addition to vitamin B3. It also contains linoleic acid, omega-6 fatty acids and omega-3 fatty acids.

Its benefits for the agency include:

  • They are highly recommended for people with osteoporosiss, due to their content of zinc which helps to slow down the deterioration of the bone mineral density.
  • They help people with arthritis, reducing inflammation.
  • Promote prostate health and can help with difficulties in urination caused by an enlarged prostate.
  • They may decrease the risk of developing kidney stones.
  • Collaborate in the treatment for nephritis and other conditions associated with the urinary system. This is due to its content in cucurbitina, an essential amino acid that, according to some studies, also improve the functioning of the bladder.
  • They help to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol, thanks to its content of "phytosterols".
  • They may protect against certain types of cancers.
  • They function as a powerful antidepressant, as it contains L-tryptophan, which is a natural antidepressant compound.
  • They favour the production of hormones of sleep (serotonin), helping to solve problems of sleep and anxiety.
  • They are used to combat intestinal parasites.
  • They are useful in the treatment of irritable bowel syndrome

As for the Green oil made from these seeds, we can say, inter alia, that:

  • It is emollient, soothing and laxative.
  • It's considered very beneficial to the lungs and mucous membranes.

We do not waste this gift of nature!

Do you think of the incredible amount of benefits that provide these seeds? In short, pumpkin seeds are a great help to keep us lively, both inside and outside. The most surprising thing is to think about how many benefits for our health we lose to discard them when we cook pumpkin...

We know that the process of separating them, bake them, toasting them and spraying them will seem very complicated to more than one person. But note that is now also possible to buy them in stores of food health food, dietary and health food shops.
Therefore, whatever the mode of obtaining them, well worth incorporating these seeds to our habits, eating a food with similar properties is, without a doubt, a success that will result in our health and quality of life.

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