Pumpkin is a grocery that has a large amount of healing ingredients. It has specific taste and smell with bright orange color.
It can be a part of salty or sweet dishes, it can be eaten raw, boiled, fried, baked and as a fresh squeezed juice. Pumpkin seeds are also a source of a characteristic type of oil that gives special aroma to the dishes. The oil is rich with omega 3 and omega 6 essential fatty acids which are give energy to organism, and have impact on reproductive organs and nervous system.
The fruit contains 90% of water, but so much minerals and vitamins and it is good for people who want to lose weight. It contains carotene, vitamin C, B1, B2, B3, B6, niacin and folic acid. Among the minerals there are potassium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. The fruit contains fibers, proteins and nearly zero fat, because there are around 30 calories in 100 grams of pumpkin.
On the other side, the seeds have 20 times higher calorie value. The seeds are full of proteins, carbohydrates and fats. The seeds are recommended as a treatment for digestive problems for kids. The seeds can be used by pregnant women and old people with liver problems as well as men with prostate problems.
Pumpkin can be consumed by people who suffer diabetes but without adding sugar, as well as with stomach diseases. People with psoriasis have to use pumpkin every day while it is found on the market. It has surprising health benefits. Some of the most important are:
Beta carotene that can be found in the pumpkin is converted in vitamin A. Because of vitamin A pumpkin can help your eyes especially the retina. It is a powerful antioxidant and protects the eyes from cataract.
Vitamin A is also beneficial in the fight against the viruses and bacteria and it makes it a powerful immunity booster. Pumpkin contains 20% of your recommended daily dose of vitamin C that is also immunity booster and also helps faster recovery.
Beta carotene is also beneficial for the skin. Regular consummation of pumpkin can make your skin look younger and healthier and provide it with UV protection. You can use canned pumpkin as skin exfoliation.
Pumpkin is food good for the heart. It contains dietary fiber, potassium and vitamin C that help the normal function and protect the heart.
Pumpkin contains a lot of fiber and it will provide you with the feeling of fullness for longer and you will not feel hunger and cravings. It also contains a lot of water and 50 calories per serving so it will also keep you hydrated.
According to scientific researches, people that consume food rich in beta carotene lower the risk of some kinds of cancer including prostate and lung cancer. Vitamin A and C act like protectors of free radicals that can lead to cancer.