Also ahead, is a nutritional overview and how, by eating these powerful green seeds and other superfoods, you can replace ineffective multivitamins and feel a noticeable change in your health and energy.
Why Pumpkin Seeds Are So Good for You
Plants go to great effort in producing their seeds, packing these little genetic wonders full of proteins, essential fatty acids, vitamins, minerals, enzymes and many other nutrients. It’s no surprise then that seeds are some of the most nutritious foods we have of plant origin.
Raw pumpkin seeds, from hull-less varieties like the original Austrian Styrian pumpkin, Lady Godiva (another early ‘naked’ variety), and more recently produced breeds like Trick or Treat, Snack Jack and Triple Treat, are some of the healthiest of all readily available and easy to eat seeds.
Pumpkin seeds are extremely good for you and there is a long list of health problems that they may be useful for. These are covered much more thoroughly in the pages ahead, but as a summary, here are just a few of the reported health benefits.
Pumpkin seeds can be very beneficial for male prostate problems and may help prevent hair loss. They contain compounds like delta-7-sterine and phytosterols for reducing the effects of dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in a man’s body. They also have good levels of zinc, essential fatty acids and other antioxidants to protect both men’s prostate gland and hair follicles.
Eating raw pumpkin seeds regularly can have many beneficial effects on our health, including improving skin tone and treating acne; reducing our blood levels of LDL cholesterol; kidney stone prevention; lessening the symptoms of arthritis; improving bladder function; lowering the risk of osteoporosis; and many other reported health issues. There is more detail on all of these in the page on their many health benefits.
This superfood can also be a useful natural treatment for human intestinal parasites, particularly the common tapeworm. They contain an unusual compound called cucurbitacin that paralyzes worms in the gastrointestinal tract. Intestinal parasites and worms can be a big problem, causing a variety of often baffling symptoms. There is, however, a way to use pumpkin seeds to eliminate tapeworms naturally.
The high levels of nutrition in raw pumpkin seeds are the reason why they have so many health benefits. They are very low in carbs but nearly one third protein. This is a very high protein content for a seed and could be of great benefit to vegetarians and particularly vegans looking to get more amino acids into their diet.
Raw pumpkin seeds contain many vitamins, particularly the highly antioxidant gamma-tocopherol version of vitamin E and the often hard to get vitamin K for proper calcium regulation. They are especially high in minerals like magnesium, zinc, manganese, phosphorus, iron and copper.
They also have a wealth of other beneficial nutrients like phytosterols, delta-7-sterine, essential fatty acids and antioxidants like beta-carotene and lutein for our eyes.
While they do have a relatively high fat content and calories, raw pumpkin seeds are a nutritionally dense superfood that really satisfies hunger. For this and other reasons, they actually make a great snack food that can help you lose weight, despite the fat content and calories.
Eating Pumpkin Seeds
Getting pumpkin seeds online is usually much cheaper than at a supermarket or health food store. My favorite raw and organic seeds are sold by Bob’s Red Mill and come in bulk bags at Amazon. If I’m feeling like something special for snacks, the Go Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds taste amazing and are extremely good for you.
The page on where to find pumpkin seeds online has more options and some significant discounts.
Raw pumpkin seeds are an highly nutritious superfood with many health benefits. The following pages will go into much more detail, but hopefully this short summary has already provided some good reasons to start including them in your diet.