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Health Benefits of Pumpkin

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Ever wondered those orange coloured round vegetables that grow in your garden can have so many health benefits? Well, yes...pumpkin is laden with nutrition and you can have it regularly to bless yourself with its wonderful goodness. We would also like to mention that as a part of pumpkin eating ritual, you shouldn’t discard the seeds. Pumpkin seeds are equally nutritious as the pulp.

Benefits of Eating Pumpkin

1.No worries on gaining weight

Pumpkin is low in calories and therefore you can have it in any form as long as the recipe is healthy. It’s devoid of cholesterol and saturated fats while rich in dietary fibre. It lowers LDL (bad) cholesterol, thereby accelerating the weight loss process.

2.Have Pumpkin to supplement Vitamin Deficiency

Pumpkin is a storehouse of vitamins. It is enriched with vitamin A, B-complex group of vitamins (folates, niacin, pyridoxine or vit B6, thiamin and pantothenic acid), vitamin C and vitamin E, which suffice for complete vitamin requirement of your body.

3.It ensures good health of your Eyes

You will be lesser prone to developing eye disorder if you have pumpkin regularly. It contains zeaxanthin, an antioxidant utmost needed for protecting your eyes from UV rays that might damage your retina and also from the most infamous age related eye disorder- macular disease.

4.Good for your Joints

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Being rich in antioxidants, it protects your joints from inflammation. It ensures that your joints and soft tissues become injury proof.

5.Holistic health Benefits of iron, calcium and magnesium

Being rich in iron, it is suggested to people suffering from anaemia. Calcium and magnesium improve muscle function, bone health and strengthens the immune system. Magnesium also aids in production of ATP, for synthesis of RNA and DNA and for bowel movement.

6.Ensures Heart Health

The antioxidants present in pumpkins prevent hardening of arteries and clean off arterial deposits and clogging. Furthermore, magnesium protects you from sudden stroke, cardiac arrest and heart attack.

7.Anti-Diabetic Effects

The seeds of pumpkin are extremely useful in maintaining insulin balance and also for controlling oxidative stress in the body. This is the reason why doctors suggest eating pumpkin seeds to diabetic patients.

8.Eliminates constipation

Being rich is dietary fibers; people who have severe constipation problems must include pumpkin as well as the seeds in their diet. It is extremely useful in regulating your bowel movement and cleanses your colon as well.

9.Cleanses your Liver, Kidney and Stomach

The bounties of pumpkin are pronounced in your liver and kidney also. To get the best results, have pumpkin along with the seeds. The healthy fatty acids and antioxidants detoxify your system completely. It ensures digestive health by protecting your body from acidity and ulcers.

10.Relieves from Insomnia

You can have a glass of fresh pumpkin juice to sleep well at night. Pumpkin juice is essential for patients with insomnia.

11.Use Pumpkin Pack for Flawless skin

As said before, pumpkin contains vitamin E and antioxidants and they are undoubtedly the wonder ingredients for the skin. So next time get a pumpkin facial done or have fresh pumpkin juice daily to get that radiant glow in your skin, naturally.

That’s all we have to tell you about the pumpkin health benefits. Start eating pumpkin in healthy forms and also include the seeds for a better health in the long run.

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Written by: Saptakee sengupta
Date last updated: January 05, 2015