7 Nutritional Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are usually acknowledged during the autumn days of October with pumpkins gutted and carved, and its seeds preened for roasting. Either roasted or eaten raw, this overlooked treat has a surprising plethora of benefits that should be enjoyed all year-round.

1. Contains L-Tryptophan, which is an enzyme known to alleviate depression.

This may be particularly helpful to those who suffer from SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder, during the dark months of Fall. Tryptophan works by converting to serotonin and niacin, which also may support sleep.[1]

2. Supports digestive and intestinal health, including the urethra, kidneys, and bladder.

Adding this food to salads, or consumed as a savory snack, could lessen the occurrences of incontinence and IBS, and likely minimize the likelihood of developing kidney stones.

3. Contains phosphorus & B vitamins, which are mostly found in meats and dairy.

Both are essential to protein synthesis, which would make this type of seed most suitable for vegetarians and vegans.

4. Contain a good source of zinc and vitamin K.

Zinc helps to promote prostate health, and vitamin K helps to prevent and reduce the size of existing blood clots and for those who have a history of blood clots, pumpkin seeds could be an added dietary supplement.

5. Regulates cholesterol levels and prevents hardening of the arteries.

Pumpkin seeds act as a detoxifying agent for sustained heart health, whilst lowering LDL levels.

6. Touted as a “brain-food,” pumpkin seeds are high in zinc and omega-3 fatty acids.

This support brain development, memory, and those with learning disabilities.[2]

7. Alkaline-forming for those who want to transition to a more alkaline-friendly diet. Alkaline-rich foods act to balance the body’s pH, and this in turn can reduce inflammation. The anti-inflammatory property may further alleviate joint pain and arthritis. Studies show that this may prevent the onslaught of osteoporosis that a typical acidic-rich diet, meats and dairy, can create.

[1] Herrington, Diana. “13 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds.” Care2, www.care2.com/greenliving/13-health-benefits-of-pumpkin-seeds.html.

[2] Earls, Jason. “The Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds.” A 2 Z of Health, Beauty and Fitness, health.learninginfo.org/herbs/pumpkin-seeds.htm#top.