Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Recently I told you that Fall is my favorite time of year and that pumpkins are one of my favorites too.  I even gave you my favorite recipe for pumpkin cake.  But, besides being great for baking with and great for decorating with, pumpkins also offer great nutritional value.  They are rich in vitamins, minerals, fiber and antioxidants.

Pumpkins are an excellent source of Vitamin C and beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that significantly boosts the immune system.  This antioxidant helps reduce the risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and inflammatory conditions like arthritis.  Pumpkin also helps reduce the risk of macular degeneration.

Additionally, the pumpkin seeds are also very healthy.  They are rich in Vitamin E, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc, and omega-3 and omega-6.  Studies have shown that pumpkin seeds promote overall prostate health and also have strong anti-inflammatory properties.

From the pulp to the seeds, pumpkins offer great nutrition.  I’m sure you already know pumpkin makes some of the best tasting desserts, but pumpkin can also be used in breakfast foods like pancakes and smoothies.  And, they can be used in main dishes and side dishes like soups, pastas, and casseroles.  Experiment a bit, and add some pumpkin to your meals.

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