Pumpkins Pack a Healthy Punch

pumpkins-jack-o-lanternWith Halloween on its way, the stores are full of pumpkins these days. Are you planning to carve a jack-o-lantern and roast your pumpkin seeds…bake your pumpkin, turn it into pumpkin soup, or make a pumpkin pie? Nutrition author, Jonny Bowden, counts them among The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. Pumpkins are packed full of potassium, vitamins and other great nutrients.

They are full of potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure, and reduce risk of stroke. Potassium is also great for athletes suffering from muscle cramps. Pumpkins are high in carotenoids that can help to ward off wrinkles, as well as reduce the risk of lung and colon cancers. And pumpkins full of Vitamin A, lutein and zeaxanthin, all of which are great nutrients for supporting eye health.

If you’re a fan of roasted pumpkin seeds, they are rich in their own nutrients supporting prostate health and lowering cholesterol, as well as being high in tryptophan, an amino acid that aids in the production of serotonin, one of our best natural mood-boosters.

Take advantage of this pumpkin season to boost up on many of these nutrients, your body will thank you.

Here’s a great recipe for roasted pumpkin seeds where you boil them in salt water before roasting to make them crispier.

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