What you might not know about Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin seeds are a surprisingly good source of vitamins and nutrients. Did you know that one ounce of pumpkin seeds is 152kcal and 7 grams of protein? You might also find it interesting that pumpkin seeds are:
  • An excellent source of iron (25% the recommended daily value of iron). This important mineral helps supply oxygen to all of our body tissues and muscle performance depends on the function of iron. This explains why those who suffer from a low iron level often feel fatigued, weak, and suffer from a loss of stamina. The iron found in meats is considered to be the best source of absorbable iron, especially in comparison to vegetable sources. However pumpkin seeds, among some other whole grains, are an excellent source of iron.
  • A great natural source of L-Trytophan which helps to elevate levels of serotonin in the brain. When serotonin levels are raised we tend to become more relaxed.
  • A terrific source of zinc. One third cup of pumpkin seeds will provide you with 15% the daily value of zinc. Zinc supports the tissue rebuilding actions of vitamin A which helps maintain healthy skin cells and may be helpful in generating new skin after burns or injury.
  • A rich source of essential fatty acids which are necessary to nourish the skin and keep its vitality and strong texture. Essential fatty acids include the good omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. These fats are "essential" because our bodies can't manufacture them and they must be obtained from foods. Essential fatty acids help hydrate and increase the skin's moisture content. [full article -- click here]
TIP: You can roast your own pumpkin seeds from a fresh pumpkin by spreading them a cookie sheet and roasting them in the oven at 375 degrees until golden.


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