With Halloween coming up, The Single Seed Centre looks into what the benefits of pumpkin seeds are.
Online PR News – 31-October-2012 –Pumpkins together with squash, melons and cucumbers are members of the Cucurbitaceous family, that is, herbaceous vines commonly known as gourd family members. Pumpkin seeds are flat and dark green in color. Some pumpkin varieties produce seeds with thin, yellow-white and fibrous husks while others lack the same. Most often, these seeds are discarded when making pumpkin dishes. However, this ought not to be so since the seeds are loaded with a number of great health benefits. In addition, they also taste great especially when eaten after being freshly roasted. Below is a list of some of the health benefits that you can get after you buy single seeds of this type.
1. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of glutamate and tryptophan amino acids. When ingested, tryptophan amino acid is converted to niacin and serotonin in the body. Serotonin is a sleep-enhancing neuro-chemical. As such, it induces a good night rest's when eaten.
2. Glutamate amino acid is required in the production of an anti-stress neuro-chemical. This chemical found in the brain helps to reduce different neurotic conditions such as anxiety and nervous irritability.
3. Health seed oils and extracts have for a while now been used to treat a condition known as BPH (benign prostatic hypertrophy). This condition is characterized by an enlarged prostate gland and causes frequent painful urinations. BPH has commonly been reported among men who are 50 years or above. Omega-3 fatty acids in pumpkin seeds together with the zinc and carotenoids components are thought to be responsible for the treatment of BPH with pumpkin seeds.
4. Zinc, a very essential mineral in the formation of bones, is found in pumpkin seeds. This element is especially important in elderly people who are prone to weakening of bones due to reduction in bone-mass density. In addition, zinc, together with essential fatty acids, vitamin E and selenium, all found in pumpkin seeds, are excellent nutritional elements for improving the skin's tone and treating acne.
5. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of phytosterols. These are compounds that have the same structure as cholesterol. When eaten, they inhibit cholesterol absorption in the body, thus lowering the level of cholesterol in the blood. Research has revealed that pumpkin seeds rank second among the foods with the highest content of phytosterols.
6. In animal research, the oil of pumpkin seeds was discovered to reduce inflammation at a rate comparable to the anti-inflammatory and non steroidal drug indomethacin. In addition, unlike indomethacin that increases lipid peroxide levels in joint lining that is responsible for arthritis progression, pumpkin seeds have no such side effect, making it an ideal anti-inflammatory agent.
7. 100g of pumpkin seeds contain around 35.10mg of Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol), making it a rich source of the nutritional element. Vitamin E is an excellent lipid or fat soluble antioxidant. It protects the tissues in the body from the negative effects of oxygen-free radicals by ensuring that the skin's integrity together with that of the mucus membranes is well maintained.
To obtain all the health benefits of even a single regular seed, it is advisable to consume the pumpkin seeds raw or to roast them over low heat (75 degrees or 170 degrees F) for around 15-20 minutes.
The Single Seed Centre providing single seeds that can provide health benefits. Medical seeds on offer at Halloween.