Tis the season for pumpkins to be popping up everywhere. This weekend they’ll be seen carved on porches and in a month the smell of pumpkin pie will fill family homes, but pumpkin can be so much more than a once a year thing. Pumpkin is packed with vitamin A and antioxidant carotenoids (especially alpha carotenes and beta carotenes. These are important for vision health and immune function. Alpha carotenes are thought to slow aging and reduce the risk of cataracts and preventing tumor growth. Carotenoids, also, boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease. It is a good source of
- vitamin C: boosts immunity, reduces elevated blood pressure, and heart disease.
- vitamin E: healthy skin and may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and certain types of cancers.
- magnesium: healthy immune system, contributes to strong bones and normalizing the heart function.
- iron: blood health
- potassium: balance fluid levels, promote strong bones, necessary for energy production and to control blood pressure.
- fiber: reduce LDL, protect against heart disease, control blood sugar levels, healthy digestion, and plays a role in weight loss
- panthenic acid: balance hormone levels and manage stress.
Great to eat because it’s also low in calories and carbs. A 1/2 cup has 6.5g of carbs and 3.5g fiber (so 3 net carbs). The seeds are great too because they contain pepitas, that are loaded with minerals and anti-inflammatory. Seeds are also an excellent plant-based source of omega-3. Maybe try pumpkin oil as. There are many options and tomorrow we have some recipes for you to try!