Pumpkin (Cucurbita pepo) The queen of autumn – health benefits

Pumpkin is an ideal and unavoidable autumn food, rich in medicinal ingredients, tasty, and at the same time low in calories. Pumpkin can be eaten raw, cooked, baked or fried. In addition to the fleshy part, its seeds are also used.

Among vegetables, pumpkin is one of the most concentrated sources of alpha-linolenic acid, an omega-3 essential fatty acid that is very good for heart health.

Beta-carotene, which is abundant in pumpkin, has multiple protective effects on the human body. It blocks the action of free radicals and thus directly prevents damage to the cellular DNA structure, acts as a strong antioxidant, which means that it stops the development of superoxides and peroxidesthis.

Is an excellent source of vitamin A and vitamin C.

It enables better functioning of the liver and bile, it contains enzymes that break down fat in the blood. Also promotes the excretion of urine, helps with inflammation of the urinary system and prevents the formation of kidney stones.

Pumpkin seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain incomparably higher energy and nutritional value than the fleshy edible part of the pumpkin. They contain 30 percent protein, 25 to 38 percent fatty oil, about 5 percent resin, essential oil, sugar, pectin and enzymes such as cucurbitin, phytosterone and tocopherol.
Scientists have also found that pumpkin seeds have a beneficial effect on the symptoms of stress, anxiety and depression. They are a good source of potassium, a mineral that restores fluid balance in the body and helps the nervous system work better.

From pumpkin seeds, by cold squeezing, an oil is obtained which is actually an extract of the seeds with all its healing properties. The oil is also easily digested, full of unsaturated fatty acids that contain all our body cells and stimulates cell regeneration, strengthening the immune and nervous systems.

Preparation of pumpkin

In case of inflammation of the kidneys or bladder, a daily meal of stewed, unsalted pumpkin with a little tomato and chopped onion, seasoned with a spoonful of sour cream, is recommended.

– The simplest form of pumpkin preparation is baking in the oven. Then the peel is not removed, and the length of baking depends on the thickness of the fruit. Roasted pumpkin topped with a little honey and sprinkled with cinnamon is an extremely healthy winter sweet.

Pumpkin seeds should be peeled before use, but be careful not to remove the thin gray-green skin, which is especially rich in medicinal ingredients. The seeds can be snacked on, added to pastries or salads.

Pumpkin butter, which consists of blended pumpkin seeds, is an extremely healthy spread, which can be used instead of milk butter.

Try to include pumpkin in your daily menu and here’s what will happen: you will lose extra pounds, your facial skin will glow and cleanse, your digestion will improve …. These are just some of the benefits. Try it and see for yourself.

Published by Sophia Dane

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