Health & Diet

Top Health Benefits Of Pumpkin

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With upcoming autumn days and the season of crisp, colourful leaves on the horizon, it’s officially time to bring pumpkin into your diet. For foodies who are craving a taste of pumpkin pie in the weeks ahead, this seasonal superfruit is luckily packed with a number of health benefits. Here are a few nutritious reasons to pile pumpkin on your plate this fall.

1) Pumpkin seed oil can lower blood pressure: If you’re aiming to control your elevated blood pressure, a dose of pumpkin seed oil may be beneficial. According to Livestrong.com, this oil consists of 90 per cent unsaturated fats and is also a source of fatty acids. Pumpkin seed oil can have a hypotensive effect on the system, which means that it may lower blood pressure levels. The oil itself is packed with chemical compounds known as phytoestrogens, which may keep the risks of high blood pressure at bay.

2) This superfruit is a solid source of fibre: For anyone aiming to bring additional fibre into their diet, look no further than this bright orange winter squash. In fact, both boiled pumpkin and pumpkin seeds can help to increase your fibre intake. With fibre playing an essential role in healthy, balanced digestion, it may be worth it to ease your tummy troubles with a serving of this superfruit.

3) Pumpkin contains Vitamins A, C and E: As an antioxidant-rich squash, pumpkin contains Vitamin C and may help to boost your immune system as a result. As well, Vitamin C is known to encourage a youthful, glowing complexion and promote heart health. The Vitamin A content in pumpkin can encourage healthy vision, while the multiple forms of Vitamin E (or alpha-tocopherol) in pumpkin seeds have antioxidant benefits.

4) It offers the compound L-tryptophan and may be a mood-boosting food: Pumpkin offers the essential amino acid L-tryptophan, which has been known to lead to an increase in serotonin and melatonin. Both of these hormones play a role in regulating a good night’s sleep. However, L-tryptophan can also lift a low mood and potentially reduce signs of depression.

5) Pumpkin boasts anti-inflammatory benefits: If you suffer from inflammation, pumpkin is said to reduce the painful effects of inflamed joints and arthritis. The anti-inflammatory advantages of pumpkin can help to manage pain and maintain strong tissues.

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