It’s the season of pumpkin, and you can choose some of the many specialties that include it. Pumpkin has potent health benefits, such as healthy heart, vision and slim waistline.
1. Sharp eyesight
Pumpkin contains vitamin A, which helps vision, especially in dim light. Other nutrients that pumpkin includes are carotenoids and beta-carotene.
2. Helps you lose weight
Pumpkin can keep you full longer with only few calories. It is rich in fiber and thus helps people eat less.
3. Help your heart with pumpkin seeds
Pumpkin seeds, just like nuts and other seeds are rich in phytosterols. Studies show that these plant-based chemicals reduce the bad cholesterol, known as LDL.
4. Pumpkins may reduce the risk of cancer
Just like sweet potato, oranges, carrots and butternut squash, pumpkins include antioxidant beta-carotene, which may prevent cancer.
Also, the plant sterols in pumpkin seeds may combat certain cancers.
5. Protects the skin
The cartenoids present in the pumpkin that we already mentioned for their power to keep cancer cells away, are able to keep the skin free from wrinkles.
6. Pumpkin seeds improve your mood
Pumpkin seeds are rich in the amino acid tryptophan, which is important for the production of serotonin. A handful of roasted pumpkin seeds can change your mood to the better.
7. Have a pumpkin after an intense workout
A cup of cooked pumpkin includes more potassium than banana. Pumpkin has 564 milligrams, while banana has 422.
Potassium brings back the balance of electrolytes in the body after an intense workout and keeps muscles functioning.
8. Improve your immunity with pumpkin
Vitamin C is very helpful in fighting colds. Pumpkins can help you get rid of a cold because it is a great source of this vitamin.
Here are some recipes for preparing pumpkin juice:
If you want a healthy juice from raw pumpkin, you need to wash and peel it first. Then, cut in into parts to fit your juicer. Moreover, you need the juicer for all other ingredients.
Pumpkin juice with apples
Prepare this recipe with half of a medium sized pumpkin or only a small one. You also need 1 or 2 apples, depending on how sweet the pumpkin is. Add half a teaspoon of cinnamon.
Pumpkin with carrots, pears, apples and ginger
Prepare a nice, healthy drink with 2 cups filled with pumpkin pieces, 2 carrots, 2 pears, 1 apple and 1 piece of ginger.
Pumpkin with apples, pineapples and honey
To prepare this recipe, you also need 2 cups filled with pumpkin pieces. Also, you need 6 apples, pineapple from which you need to squeeze 2 cups of juice, and 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 ginger slice.