Pumpkin pie, Pumpkin soup , Pumpkin latte and Jack-o-lanterns are the few things that come to our mind when we think of this gourd. There is more to this Autumn-Halloween gourd than you think. It has numerous health benefits.
This gourd is a rich source of fiber therefore slows the process of digestion while keeping your stomach fuller for a longer period. It’s also known as the low-calorie gourd as it contains more water content. Keeps you hydrated.
Better eye sight
An excellent source of vitamin A. This vitamin is essential for sharp vision and healthy eyes. A cup of this vegetable contains over 200 percent of daily recommended dosage of vitamin A. The antioxidants, found in pumpkin prevents cataracts and slows the development of macular degeneration.
Pumpkin is also a rich source of vitamin C and this keeps cold at bay. The vitamin A found in this fall vegetable increases the immunity by fighting against viruses and infections.
Tryptophan, amino acid, is found in pumpkin seeds. This promotes better sleep. The serotonin that is produced with the help of this amino acid aids improving the mood swings.
Reduces blood pressure
Phytoestrogens found in this gourd help to lower blood pressure.
Lowers the risk of cancer
Beta-carotene is not only good for your eyes and skin but also for fighting cancer. Those who consume pumpkin regularly may reduce the risk of certain types of cancers including lung cancer and prostate cancer. Vitamin C and A are also antioxidants that curb the movement of free radicals.
This fall gourd is a heart and skin friendly vegetable. You can dish out numerous recipes with this vegetable. However, pumpkin-laced desserts are not considered to be healthy. To reap the benefits of this super food, you need to add this vegetable to your diet in form of pumpkin seeds, smoothie, as a side dish and so on.