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Pumpkins Nutritional Benefit
Pumpkin meat is high in carotenoids (what gives them their orange color), which is known to neutralize free radicals (molecules that attack cell membranes).
Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeazanthin, which attack free radicals in the lens of the eye. It is believed that pumpkins help prevent the risk of cataracts and macular degeneration, a serious eye problem that can result in blindness.
Pumpkins are high in common nutrients like iron, zinc, and fiber. Iron helps to produce red blood cells and zinc deficiency has been linkd to osteoporosis of the hip and spine in older men.
Pumpkin seeds are high in protein. One ounce of seeds provides seven grams of protein.
Pumpkin seeds contain copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, and zinc. All of which are plant-based fatty acids that are chemically so close to cholesterol that they can substitute in the human body and reduce blood cholesterol levels.
Pumpkin seed oil is high in essential fatty acids, which helps to maintain healthy blood vessels, nerves and skin.
The vitamin A found in pumpkin seed oil is known to help keep our eyes healthy and stimulate the T cells of the immune system to help fight off infections.