It’s the pumpkin season! Why not utilize it all.
Oil on the skin, seeds against the depression, from rest make a great soup or delicious cake. Dry your tasty seeds of ripe pumpkins. Help prostate, aid stomach, pancreas and liver.
Pumpkin health treasures
The origin of pumpkins is in Central and South America. It was cultivated as early as 4500 BC. Its effects was recognized and used widely by Indians. They eat not only fruit, but also leaves and seeds.
Did you know that pumpkin is also a great aphrodisiac? Indians eat not only fruit, but also leaves and seeds. They knew that these parts of pumpkin are hidden secret of good quality sex, has diuretic effect and support slenderness.
In the 15th century pumpkin was introduced to Asia and is still one of the main ingredients of oriental cuisine. In Europe, it came about a hundred years later.
There are many kinds of pumpkins these days. From tiny to huge ones, where the fetus weighs about 25 kg. most important is that they all carry the same potent message.
Vitamins and fiber
Pumpkin pulp contains a large amount of water in addition to vitamin C and beta-carotene, which is converted in the human body to vitamin A. The antioxidant together with the other – vitamin E – prevents cell damage from free radicals and preventing from cancer. If you live in a big city, foods rich in vitamin E are a great way to get the toxins out of the body naturally.
B vitamins (niacin and pantothenic acid) strengthens blood vessels and the heart, helps lower blood pressure and bad cholesterol levels. Vitamin B1 (thiamine) strengthens nervous system, vitamin B2 (riboflavin) promotes splitting of fats and sugars. It improves the condition of skin and eyes.
Pumpkin also contains a lot of minerals. Potassium with a strong diuretic effect washes out of the body excess salt, which improves the condition of rheumatism and gout. Moreover, the pumpkin is rich in copper, iron and magnesium. Selenium helps with urinary problems. High fiber content aids digestion and protects the gastric mucosa. Pumpkin also acts as a mild laxative. The pumpkin should be regularly popping up on your plate if you have liver problems and you need not be regenerated.
Seeds, what you get in grocery stores or health food stores have a hazelnut sweet flavor. They are dark green, flat and large. In this form they are deshelled and usually come roasted.
Pumpkin seeds are very beneficial for prostate gland. They consist of a cucurbits (derived from the gourd family), which prevent the conversion of the hormone testosterone to the more active form, dihydrotestosterone. The cells were stimulated prostate growth, and further causes the undesirable increase.
A significant role in the prevention of prostate cancer also plays zinc, which is located in the pumpkin seeds in bulk. Other vitamins found in seed are magnesium, manganese, copper, iron and the vitamin B with very potent anti-cancer effect.
Pumpkin seeds are one of the richest sources of the amino acid tryptophan(AAT). Since AAT gets damaged by the thermal processing of foods, most people suffer from its lack. This Amino Acid crucially affects depletion of serotonin in the brain, which may positively affect mood and eliminate depression.
Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of unsaturated fatty acids. Linoleic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid are essential building blocks for the production of vitamin D hormones and the walls of cell. Selenium helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and traces amounts of iodine ensure the proper functioning of the hormonal system.
Oil of pumpkin has dark green color and nutty flavor. Of course, it should be used virgin and cold pressed. Besides being very tasty, it stimulates blood circulation and reduces blood cholesterol levels. You can use it on your skin as it cures eczema. It moisturizes the skin and gives it elasticity. Also strengthens nails and hair.
It has up to ninety percent of unsaturated fatty acids, particularly oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic. Naturally it can also be found in vitamins E, A and K, sulfur and potassium, zinc, chromium and selenium. Also iodine that your body can not produce. If you are missing, the result will be a lazy thyroid, unstable nerves and weakened immunity. Iodine deficiency also occurs in osteoporosis, chronic urinary tract infection, hardening of the arteries and problems with hair and nails.
They are rich in vitamins A, C, calcium and iron. Leaves are an effective prevention of osteoporosis. It helps in cases of anemia and diabetes and can also effectively fight against parasites. You do not need to boil the leaves , just add them to your green smoothie.
Did you know that leaves of pumpkin can help with your sprained ankle? Attach leaves of pumpkin to the sore spot for few minute to release the pain.
What to do with it?
Although massively used in hot dishes, raw has great nutritional value. What you can do from a pumpkin? On the Internet you will find tons of recipes for raw pumpkin pie, pumpkin cream and pumpkin wraps. One of my favorite i is mixed pumpkin soup. If you thinking of processing the pumpkin and eating it later, freezing is not recommended. It contains a lot of water and after thawing it will wash away the taste and nutrients.
You can also make delicious pickles from pumpkin. Fermentation will amplify the volume of vitamin C, B complex and will add valuable nutrients for probiotic bacteria. Add few drops of pumpkin oil to salads and mixed pumpkin soup.
Pumpkin seeds can be eaten alone (handful twice a day), but also are perfect in salads. Before adding it to the dressings and sauces soak in water. for few hours It activates the life that lies dormant within them in the form of enzymes.
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