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Eating superfoods can provide many benefits for your health, including protecting your body from diseases, improving your energy levels and enhancing your overall sense of wellbeing.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Nutrition and Dosage

KurbiskernolTraditional Styrian pumpkin seed oil is made from lightly roasted pumpkin seeds that are pressed to extract a dark green oil. It has a rich and nutty flavor that makes a great salad dressing and healthy, flavorsome addition to many recipes.

Ahead is a look at all of the nutrition in pumpkin seed oil, whether you should choose roasted or raw, and the best dose to take it in for maximum benefit.

Pumpkin Seed Oil Nutritional Profile

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Raw Pumpkin Seed Butter Uses & Why It’s Far Healthier Than Peanut Butter

Peanut butter or Pumpkin Seed ButterPumpkin seed butter is a great tasting and much healthier replacement for peanut butter, with a richer flavor and usually a softer consistency that makes it easier to spread.

Ahead is how to use pumpkin seed butter, it’s health benefits and nutrition, plus why it is superior to peanut butter and a great choice for those with peanut allergies.

Pumpkin Seed Butter Uses

You can use delicious pumpkin seed butter wherever you’d use regular peanut butter. It tastes great on fresh rye bread and can also be added to soups and sauces for a dash of rich flavor and added nutrition.

Another great way to eat pumpkin seed butter is by dipping carrot sticks or a celery stalk straight into the jar for a really healthy snack. It can also be mixed into salads, rice or mixed vegetables for extra nutrition and taste.

I’d imagine most children would be fascinated to try this green alternative to peanut butter on their sandwiches. You can also add a little raw honey for a sweeter taste as well.

The first time you open a jar of pumpkin seed butter there will usually be a layer of deep green oil floating on top. This is good for preventing oxidation, but if it bothers you, just mix it up with a knife and there will be much less of it next time you use it.

Unless you’re using your pumpkin seed butter quite quickly is probably best stored in the fridge to preserve its valuable nutrients. Personally, I find this special sprouted and organic pumpkin seed butter I get never lasts too long. It just tastes too good.

Pumpkin Seed Butter Health Benefits

Being made with nutrient rich pumpkin seeds, pumpkin seed butter has the same high levels of important minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, iron, copper, selenium and zinc. It is also a great way to get natural vitamin E for better skin.

Raw pumpkin seed butter is a very good source of phytosterols which can help reduce LDL cholesterol and enhance your body’s immune response. It is also extremely beneficial for men concerned about prostate health and hair loss.

This peanut butter replacement is particularly rich in protein for a vegetarian and vegan food, with an especially high amount of the amino acid tryptophan for dealing with stress and improved sleep patterns.

Add to all of this the beneficial fatty acid content, which can help with everything from reducing arthritis symptoms to improving your skin tone, and you have a fairly impressive list of health benefits. Even the best peanut butter wouldn’t come anywhere near to just how good for you pumpkin seed butter is.

Peanut Butter Alternative for People with Peanut Allergies

Coming from seeds rather than nuts, or legumes like peanuts, pumpkin seed butter can be enjoyed by people with nut allergies or the quite common peanut allergy.

Of course check with a healthcare professional if you have a serious allergy, but pumpkin seeds don’t have the same sort of compounds in them that cause allergic reactions to nuts and peanuts.

I’d encourage anyone who likes pumpkin seeds to try using a good raw, organic and sprouted pumpkin seed butter like this as a great tasting and far healthier alternative to peanut butter.

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How to Use Pumpkin Seeds for Parasites and Intestinal Worms

Treat worms with pumpkin seedsParasites like human intestinal worms are a far more common problem than most people realize. But what are some of the symptoms of tapeworm and other worms and how can you use pumpkin seeds for parasites as an intestinal worm treatment?

Ahead is a natural remedy for tapeworms and other intestinal worms in humans, based on a traditional German parasite treatment using raw pumpkin seeds.

The pumpkin seed contains a substance called cucurbitin that treats worms and other parasites by paralyzing them so they can be expelled from your body.

You can use the pumpkin seed treatment ahead for human intestinal parasites like tapeworm and ropeworm and it may also help with worms in dogs.

First though, a look at the parasite problem and some of the most common symptoms of parasitic intestinal worms.

Human Intestinal Parasites

Parasites can enter our bodies through contaminated water or food (particularly meat like pork or uncooked fish); mosquitoes; intimate contact; or through the nose or mouth after touching an infected animal or contaminated surface. Continue Reading

Pumpkin Seed Benefits for Acne, Better Skin, Arthritis, Kidney Stone Prevention & More

Pepitas health benefitsRaw pumpkin seeds are a particularly healthy and beneficial food to include in your diet for acne reduction and better looking skin.

As well as improving your appearance, here’s how eating pumpkin seeds regularly can also help treat arthritis symptoms, prevent kidney stones, reduce LDL cholesterol levels and much more.

Pumpkin Seeds for Treating Acne and Better Skin

Pumpkin seeds are an excellent food for improving your skin tone and for treating acne problems. The primary nutritional elements in the seeds that benefit our skin include zinc, selenium, essential fatty acids and vitamin E.

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Pumpkin Seeds for Prostate Problems and Preventing Hair Loss

Benign prostatic hyperplasia pepitasRaw pumpkin seeds are a high protein and mineral rich food that have some specific benefits for hair loss prevention and protecting men against prostate problems.

Here’s just what makes pumpkin seeds so good for both preventing hair loss and improving your prostate health if you are a man.

BHP, Dihydrotestosterone and Pumpkin Seeds 

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Where to Buy Raw Pumpkin Seeds Online

Pepitas BuyThere are several factors to consider when looking at where to buy pumpkin seeds. Raw pumpkin seeds contain the most nutrition but where and how they are grown is also important.

Whether you are looking for organic pumpkin seeds, bulk raw pumpkin seeds, American grown or special Styrian seeds or even sprouted pumpkin seeds, this page has the best options I’ve found.

Why Raw Pumpkin Seeds are Better Than Roasted

While the pumpkin seeds you can pull out of your pumpkins at home and eat have hulls, the ones you buy online will most likely be from hull-less varieties like Lady Godiva or the much prized Styrian pumpkins.

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Raw Pumpkin Seeds Nutrition & Why They Are So Good For You

pepita nutritional informationHere is a detailed look at the high levels of nutrition in raw pumpkin seeds and just how much calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, vitamins, minerals and other health nutrients they contain.

Calories in Pumpkin Seeds

Nutritional data shows pumpkin seeds have 125 calories per 1 ounce (28grams) and 285 calories per cup (64 grams) of pumpkin seeds.

Keep in mind with these figures that pumpkin seeds are very filling and you don’t need to eat a huge amount of them as they are bursting with nutrition.

Pumpkin Seeds Fat Content

An ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 5.4 grams of fat. According to nutrition information, this is primarily monounsaturated fat (1.7 grams) and polyunsaturated (2.5 grams), with only 1 gram of saturated fat.

Old nutritional advice tended to focus far too much on the amount of fat in foods, without recognising how important natural fatty acids are for good health. If you’re watching your weight then simple carbohydrates, not fat, is the macronutrient you really should be concerned about.

Carbohydrates in Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Despite their calories and fat content, raw pumpkin seeds make a great addition to low carb diets and are particularly useful for snacking (most low carb diet plans are decidedly light on good snack options).

An ounce of raw pumpkin seeds has only 4 grams of carbs. With their very high protein content, fiber and healthy fats, carbohydrates are really not figuring into pumpkin seeds nutrition significantly.

Raw pumpkin seeds also have a very low glycemic index of 10 and are considered to have a negligible glycemic load. Combine this with how eating just a small amount of them really fills you up and you’re unlikely to put on weight eating pumpkin seeds.

In fact, if you were to swap high carb snacks like potato crisps for a bag of raw pumpkin seeds like these, you’d be far more likely to lose weight instead.

Raw Pumpkin Seeds for Protein

Pumpkin seeds would have to have one of the highest protein content of any commonly eaten seed or nut. At around 9 grams of protein per 28 grams (1 ounce) of seeds they are close to a full third protein.

Pepita NutritionVegetarians or vegans looking to increase their healthy protein intake would do well to get pumpkin seeds in bulk and snack on a handful or two each day.

The tryptophan content is quite high in raw pumpkin seeds. Tryptophan is an important amino acid that converts to the neurotransmitter serotonin in our brain.

A good intake of tryptophan in our diets is believed to have a beneficial effect on our mood, reduce anxiety and stress and help improve sleeping patterns. A deficiency of tryptophan on the other hand is associated with increased stress levels, trouble sleeping and even depression.

Raw pumpkin seeds nutrition also includes an unusual amino acid called cucurbitacin. Cucurbitacin can actually paralyze intestinal parasites like tapeworms, helping to expel them from the body and ground pumpkin seeds mixed with milk and honey is a traditional German cure for intestinal worms.

Pumpkin Seed Fiber

Pumpkin seeds have a good fiber content, with one ounce containing about 1 gram of dietary fiber. This fiber is predominantly insoluble fiber with a little soluble fiber in there as well.

This figure is for those commercially available without the shell. One way to really increase the fiber content of pumpkin seeds is to eat them straight out of the pumpkins you use for cooking.

You can lightly saute them on a low heat with organic virgin coconut oil and tamari for an amazing taste. This will soften up the shells, but try not to cook them for too long or with too much heat to preserve the valuable fatty acids.

Pumpkin Seed Minerals

Pumpkin seeds are a very beneficial source of minerals and have high levels of magnesium, manganese,  phosphorus, iron, copper and zinc. There are also good amounts of other minerals like potassium, sodium and selenium.

Magnesium is vital for maintaining healthy nerve and muscle function, supporting our immune system, energy metabolism and a wide variety of vital processes within our body. Despite its importance, many people eating a Western diet are lacking in magnesium.

Just a quarter of a cup of pumpkin seeds has close to half the recommended daily allowance of magnesium (but I’d really recommend getting more than that).

Magnesium is a very important mineral for health and energy but much of our over-processed food is depleted in it. Superfoods like raw pumpkin seeds are an ideal source, but unless you’re eating them daily it may be worth looking at other options.

Many people take oral magnesium supplements, however these are said to be rarely absorbed well. Magnesium oil on the other hand has been shown to be a very effective way to increase your intake.

Zinc is another standout in the mineral stakes for this superfood. Zinc is particularly important for men and the high levels found in pumpkin seeds are believed to be one of the reasons it has such a beneficial effect on the prostate gland.

Zinc is also involved in maintaining proper glucose levels, preventing infections, wound healing and skin repair and is necessary for a healthy libido.

Vitamins in Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds contain a variety of B vitamins and a small amount of vitamin C. They also have good levels of vitamin E and the often hard to get vitamin K.

When raw, the seeds of pumpkin are particularly high in the gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E. Gamma-tocopherol is considered to be much more of an effective antioxidant and anti-inflammatory than the more common alpha-tocopherol form of vitamin E.

Vitamin K is an important fat soluble vitamin that many people are believed to be deficient in. A good vitamin K intake helps maintain proper bone density and reduces your risk of heart disease, kidney stones, osteoporosis and many other illnesses associated with abnormal calcium metabolism.

Snacking on raw pumpkin seeds at work or in the evening is a simple and delicious way to get more of this valuable nutrient into your diet.

Other Nutritional Benefits of Raw Pumpkin Seeds

Raw pumpkin seeds are high in the antioxidant lutein, especially important for healthy eyes. The gamma-tocopherol form of vitamin E, selenium and zinc already mentioned are also potent antioxidants.

There are significant levels of phytosterols in pumpkin seeds (around 260 mg per 100 grams). Phytosterols can help decrease LDL cholesterol absorption and high levels in the diet may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Pumpkin seeds also contain a compound called delta-7-sterine that competes with dihydrotestosterone (DHT) in the body. DHT can have a damaging effect when it accumulates in the cells of a man’s prostate gland, causing benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH), an enlargement of the prostate.

Delta-7-sterine in high levels in the diet seems to help reduce prostate cell multiplication caused by DHT. It may also block DHT from damaging hair follicles that leads to hair loss.

Eating raw pumpkin seeds like these is a good way to get delta-7-sterine into your diet, but pumpkin seed oil is an even more concentrated source. Many men have reported regular use of the oil beneficial for treating prostate problems and preventing hair loss.

Despite their calories, raw pumpkin seeds are high in protein, vitamins and minerals and have a lot of other beneficial nutrition in them. They quickly fill you and make for a tasty and unusually healthy snack. If you’ve never tried them before, the next page is on where to find them online at a low price.

Photo 1: Wolf32at / Photo 2: Benutzer:Kulac / Photo 3: Sean

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