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Wellness news: Pumpkin, the health food packed with power

Oct 17, 2016

As one of the most nutritional foods available year round, the pumpkin is so much more than a seasonal craft with a crooked smile. Before you toss out the gooey parts of your orange gourd, discover the hidden health benefits of pumpkins, both inside and out.

Rich in antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, both the flesh and seeds of the pumpkin provide many health-boosting, disease-fighting nutrients, including: Alpha and beta-carotene; Fiber; Vitamins A, C and E; Potassium; Magnesium and Zea-xanthin

Health Benefits of Pumpkin
The alpha and beta-carotene found in pumpkins are potent antioxidants, which convert to vitamin A inside the body. Vitamin A promotes healthy vision and ensures proper immune function, while alpha-carotene is thought to slow the aging process, prevent tumor growth, and reduce the risk of developing cataracts. Carotenoids also boost immunity and lessen the risk of heart disease.

Pumpkins Make Weight Loss Less Scary
Dieticians recommend pumpkin as a cholesterol control and weight reduction helper. As a fantastic source of fiber, pumpkin keeps you feeling full so you eat less and shed pounds. Pumpkin seeds are rich in phytosterols which reduce "bad" cholesterol and rich in the amino acid tryptophan which is a mood booster. So you can keep your outlook bright as you watch those pounds melt away.

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