As I was carving jack o lanterns the other day, I made sure to put aside all the pumpkin seeds. Growing up, one of my fond memories was eating the freshly roasted seeds for the following week after Halloween. What many people are not aware of is the amazing nutritional impact these seeds have on our health. Nutrient dense, antioxidant rich and fibre heavy pumpkin seeds are good for many aspects of our health. Here is a list of the top health benefits of pumpkin seeds!
1 - Nutrient Dense
pumpkin seeds contain a good amount of Vitamin K, Manganese, Phosphorus, Magnesium, Iron, Zinc and copper.
2 - Anti Inflammatory due to high concentrations of Antioxidants
Both Vitamin E and Carotinoids are found in these seeds. Both of these are strong antioxidants which support many different functions in the body.
3 - Good Source of Magnesium
Magnesium deficiency is an extremely common condition in North America but is important in many different chemical reactions in the body. Sleep, blood pressure, bone formation and blood sugar regulation are all examples of what pumpkin seeds may be able to help with.
4 - Boost Male Fertility
Because of the high amount of zinc in pumpkin seeds they will help to improve sperm function in men who are zinc insufficient. The high amounts of fibre and antioxidants also support our fertility.
5 - Helps to Improve Sleep
Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid (tryptophan) which may be able to improve sleep. The two elements zinc and magnesium are also important in helping to create a healthy nights sleep.
Pumpkin seeds have also been shown to improve blood sugar levels and may even help with improve cardiac health. They are a tasty treat to add into your holiday routine which boosts your overall health. Try roasting the seeds in the oven just below 170 degrees F for approximately 20 minutes. This helps to preserve the sensitive oils from being damaged that can happen at higher temperatures or for longer periods of time.
Best of Health
Dr. Ryan Funk
Doctor of Chinese Medicine