Pumpkin seeds are gotten from the pumpkin fruit which is native to North America. Even though we do not grow pumpkins in Ghana the seeds are imported due to their immense health benefits. The seeds are flat, oval, and light green in colour after the husks are removed, and are either roasted or eaten raw and can be added to pastries or salads.
These seeds when consumed in small quantities a day provide the human body with a substantial amount of vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins that are essential for our general well-being.
Let us take a look at some of the nutrients present in pumpkin seeds and their benefits to the human body.
Magnesium present in pumpkin seeds helps muscles and nerves to work properly and also keeps blood sugar and blood pressure at the right level.
These are molecules that fight harm-causing compounds in the human body. Antioxidants present in pumpkin seeds may reduce the likelihood of contracting many diseases like certain cancers.
Iron, one of the most important minerals for the human body, boosts the production of red blood cells that carries oxygen from the lungs to all parts of the body. Iron in pumpkin seeds also improves immunity and reduces fatigue.
Zinc helps cells to grow and divide, and is needed to help the body fight off infections like the common cold. It is also crucial for one of the enzymes needed for taste and smell.
Pumpkin seeds also contain other nutrients like protein, fats, manganese, and fiber and is one of the richest seeds known to treat prostate issues and arthritis.
The recommended one-fourth (¼) a cup of pumpkin seeds is enough for a day as overeating them may cause stomach aches and cramps and may also trigger allergy symptoms in some people.
So why not grab a jar of pumpkin seeds from any supermarket, herbal, or health shop and make it a part of a healthy daily diet.
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