13 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

October 21st, 2013 by Loretta Lanphier

13 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin risotto, pumpkin soup, grilled pumpkin — the options for using pumpkin in recipes are endless. Not only is the pumpkin Autumn’s signature squash, there are many powerful health benefits of pumpkin. For instance, did you know that pumpkin can help keep your weight in check? Pumpkin is an often-overlooked source of fiber, but with three grams per one-cup serving and only 49 calories, it can keep you feeling full for longer on fewer calories. And those roasted pumpkin seeds that most everyone loves are naturally rich in certain plant-based chemicals called phytosterols that have been shown in studies to reduce LDL or “bad” cholesterol. Also a handful of those wonderful roasted pumpkin seeds may even help your outlook and mood since they help in the brain’s production of serotonin.

Autumn is such a great time to take a trip to your local “pumpkin patch” and pick up a few fresh pumpkins — oh, and don’t forget to invite your children/grandchildren or invite some neighborhood children to go with you. They will love the experience of picking out their very own pumpkin. Be sure to mention the many health benefits of pumpkin to help educate and steer their minds toward healthy eating.

health benefits of pumpkin

13 Amazing Health Benefits of Pumpkin

  • excellent source of beta-carotene
  • contains beta-cryptoxanthin which may decrease the risk of lung cancer in smokers
  • low in calories
  • provides approx 246% of RDA for Vitamin A
  • protects from “age related macular disease”
  • rich in B-complex
  • rich source of minerals like copper, magnesium, calcium, potassium & phosphorus
  • good source of dietary fiber & mono-unsaturated fatty acids
  • 100 g of pumpkin seeds provide 30 g of protein, 110% RDA of iron, 4987 mg of niacin (31% RDA), selenium (17% of RDA), zinc (71%)
  • pumpkin seeds are an excellent source of  tryptophan which is converted to GABA in the brain
  • anti-inflammatory
  • anti-fungal & anti-parasitic properties
  • natural treatment for tapeworms & other parasites

Oregatrex oregano oil blend

Healthy Pumpkin Smoothie Recipe

1 serving | always use organic ingredients when available

1 banana, frozen
1 C vanilla almond or coconut milk
1 C raw pumpkin, grated
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp allspice
1/4 tsp nutmeg
freshly ground pumpkin seeds (optional)
stevia or raw honey to taste.

Combine ingredients in a high-powered blender until creamy. Enjoy and experience the health benefits of pumpkin!

Research

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Berson EL1, Rosner B, Sandberg MA, Hayes KC, Nicholson BW, Weigel-DiFranco C, Willett W. A randomized trial of vitamin A and vitamin E supplementation for retinitis pigmentosa. Arch Ophthalmol. 1993 Jun;111(6):761-72.

Wallström P1, Sonestedt E, Hlebowicz J, Ericson U, Drake I, Persson M, Gullberg B, Hedblad B, Wirfält E. Dietary fiber and saturated fat intake associations with cardiovascular disease differ by sex in the Malmö Diet and Cancer Cohort: a prospective study. PLoS One. 2012;7(2):e31637. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0031637. Epub 2012 Feb 27.

Sluijs I, Beulens JW, Grobbee DE, van der Schouw YT. Dietary carotenoid intake is associated with lower prevalence of metabolic syndrome in middle-aged and elderly men. J Nutr. 2009;139(5):987-92.

Loretta Lanphier is a Naturopathic Practitioner (Traditional), Certified Clinical Nutritionist, Holistic Health Practitioner and Certified Clinical Herbalist as well as the CEO / Founder of Oasis Advanced Wellness in The Woodlands TX. She has studied and performed extensive research in health science, natural hormone balancing, anti-aging techniques, nutrition, natural medicine, weight loss, herbal remedies, non-toxic cancer support and is actively involved in researching new natural health protocols and products.  A 14 year stage 3 colon cancer survivor, Loretta is able to relate to both-sides-of-the-health-coin as patient and practitioner when it comes to health and wellness. “My passion is counseling others about what it takes to keep the whole body healthy using natural and non-toxic methods.” Read Loretta’s health testimony Cancer: The Path to Healing. Loretta is Contributor and Editor of the worldwide E-newsletter Advanced Health & Wellness. Check out Oasis Advanced Wellness and our natural skin care site Oasis Serene Botanicals.
†Results may vary. Information and statements made are for education purposes and are not intended to replace the advice of your doctor. Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth does not dispense medical advice, prescribe, or diagnose illness. The views and nutritional advice expressed by Oasis Advanced Wellness/OAWHealth are not intended to be a substitute for conventional medical service. If you have a severe medical condition or health concern, see your physician of choice.

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