Pumpkin is round and deep yellow or orange in color. It is a cultivar of a squash plant. The thick shell of pumpkin contains the pulp and the seeds. These Pumpkin seeds are small, flat oval shaped and oval shaped seeds. The inner part of the seed is light green in color and the husk is white. Pumpkin seeds are also known as pepitas. Pumpkin seeds are often overlooked this is edible part of the pumpkin.

NUTRITIONAL FACTS: Pumpkin seeds are the nutritious delicious part. It is a good source of manganese, zinc, copper, phosphorus, iron, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, protein, tryptophan, vitamin K, E, B- complex and smaller amount of vitamin A, and phytosterols, an organic compound. Roasted pumpkin seeds can be used in cooking while making snacks, soup, cookies, loaf etc. Pumpkin seed oil obtained from the roasted pumpkin seeds and this seed oil can also be used in dressing salad. Apart from this, it has health benefits are as follows:

1)         ENHANCE IMMUNITY:  Pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which improve the natural immunity. The zinc content of pumpkin seeds has a significant role in immune function. One animal study reveals that pumpkin seeds have beneficial effects to treat arthritis pain, without side effects.

2)         HIGHER IN ANTIOXIDANT: Pumpkin seeds are directly associated with decrease the chances to develop cancer. High level of antioxidant like lignans in pumpkin seeds can lower the level of breast, prostate, lung, stomach, prostate and colon cancer. Pumpkins seed helps to improve prostate and bladder health.

3)         HELPS TO REGULATE BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL: Intake of pumpkin seeds helps to regulate blood sugar level due to the presence of magnesium which helps to regulate the body. Several studies reveal that pumpkin seed powder can lower the blood glucose level in type II diabetes mellitus.

4)         HELPFUL FOR WEIGHT LOSS: Pumpkin seeds are full of fiber, which is low in calorie. It contributes the feeling of the full stomach. So body weight can be managed.

5)         BENEFICIAL FOR CARDIAC HEALTH: Phytosterols of pumpkin seeds can lower the low-density lipoprotein level and also help to prevent atherosclerotic plaque. The low sodium content of pumpkin seeds can reduce the high blood pressure. So it should be considered as a cardiovascular booster.

6)         IMPROVE DIGESTIVE HEALTH: Pumpkin seeds are a good source of fiber. So the addition of pumpkin seeds in the daily diet can help to maintain a good digestive health.

7)         TREAT KIDNEY PROBLEMS: Pumpkin seeds are concerned with detoxification due to having diuretic properties. Consumption of pumpkin seeds increase the speed of systemic circulation in kidney and thereby prevent kidney disorders like kidney stones, urinary tract infection etc.

8)         GOOD FOR SEXUAL HEALTH:  pumpkin seeds content vital amino acid, arginine that helps to maintain a good sexual health and increase sperm quantity. The zinc content of pumpkin improves the sperm quality. Antioxidants and other nutrients of pumpkin seeds can provide a healthy testosterone level. Even pumpkin seeds also treat menopausal symptoms like osteoporosis, hot flashes, joint pain, headache etc.

9)         CURE MARASMUS AND KWASHIORKOR:  Some important amino acids are present in pumpkin seeds. These amino acids are required to cure protein deficiency disease like marasmus and kwashiorkor.

10)       HELPS TO MAINTAIN HEALTHY SKIN AND HAIR: The presence of linoleum acid and fatty acid like oleic acid helps to hydrate and moist the skin. Pumpkin seeds are enriched with essential amino acids, iron, copper, magnesium which prevents hair loss and also helps in hair growth and hair shining.