Pumpkin - Health Benefits


Pumpkin
The pumpkin known as isqoutm, or isquotersquashs a member of the Cucurbita family including squash and cucumbers, got its name from the Greek word "pepon" for large melon. Seeds (pepitas) from related plants have been found in Mexico, dating back over 7000 years to 5500 B.C. Since then it has been in use for healing wounds and burns by tribes of various periods.

Nutritional Information:

Apart from the think of Halloween, jack-o-lanterns, pumpkin pie and pumpkin seeds; Pumpkin is really a superfood. It is a nutritional powerhouse whose benefits are still being discovered. Pumpkin is filled with vitamins, nutritional value and tremendous health benefits. Few people actually know about the health benefit aspect that pumpkin offers. It is packed with high fibre, Vitamin C, E, Magnesium, Potassium, Zinc, variety of carotenoids


Health Benefits:
  1. Pumpkins are packed with beta carotene, an antioxidant with properties that can help improve immune function and reduce the risk for chronic diseases such as cancer and heart disease.
  2. Pumpkin meat is very high in carotenoids. They're what give pumpkins their orange color—but that's the least of their benefits. Carotenoids are really good at neutralizing free radicals, nasty molecules that can attack cell membranes and leave the cells vulnerable to damage.
  3. Anti-Inflammatory Benefits in Arthritis: Unlike the widely used anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin, pumpkin seeds do not increase damaged fat levels in the lingus joints, a common side effect associated with indomethacin which contributes to the progression of arthritis.
  4. Skin Care: Pumpkins contains lots of anti-oxidant vitamins A and C, as well as zinc and alpha-hydroxy-acids which helps to reduce the signs of aging.
  5. Pumpkins are also high in lutein and zeaxanthin, which scavenge free radicals in the lens of the eye. Therefore, they may help prevent the formation of cataracts and reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a serious eye problem than usually results in blindness.
  6. Pumpkins have a lot of common nutrients, like iron, zinc, and fiber. Iron, of course, is needed by red blood cells.

Hamsamalini Chandrasekaran

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