Pumpkin Seeds and Your Health
According to the World Cancer Research Fund International prostate cancer is the second most common cancer in the world, with the highest rates among those in Southern Part of Africa.
Did you know that the zinc content found in pumpkin seeds is an important form of nutrient (if consumed in enough quantities) for prostate health? Pumpkin seeds also play a role in treating benign prostatic hyperplasia or the enlarged prostate. Zinc found in pumpkin seeds also aids male sexual function.
Apart from helping the baby develop in pregnant women, pumpkin seed oil is rich in natural phytoestrogens which lead to a significant increase in good HDL cholesterol as well as a decrease in blood pressure, hot flashes, headaches, joint pains and several other menopausal symptoms in postmenopausal woman.
How to consume pumpkin seeds
- Can be eaten raw which is ideal for preserving nutrients.
- Can be roasted on low heat and sprinkled with a bit of salt.
- Can be eaten as snack or added to salads.
Just like chocolate, pumpkin seeds contain amino acid tryptophan, which improves your overall mood. One doctor describes it as nature’s healthy Prozac! So who needs antidepressants hey!!