Health Benefits of the Little Seeds of Squash aka Pumpkin Seeds

By:Vasudha Bhat, Onlymyhealth Editorial Team,Date:Jun 21, 2014

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The seeds of pumpkin which most of you throw away can do wonders for your health. This tasty snack is a storehouse of numerous health benefits.
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    The Magical Seeds

    If you have been disposing seeds of pumpkin in the waste bin, you are bound to feel guilty for doing so once you read this. To think that you could not only make a tasty dish by simply roasting them but also that you could reap their many health benefits, can feel like a hard pinch on knuckle. Pumpkin seeds are as healthy for you and your family as any other fruit that your dietician recommends. Here is how the little seeds of squash play their magic on your health:

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    Enhance Sleep

    If you or any member of your family suffers from insomnia, pumpkin seeds can prove to be the ultimate savior. They contain amino acid tryptophan which converts to serotonin in the body and ensures a sound sleep.

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    Good for Heart Health

    Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of the mineral magnesium which helps in healing the heart.

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    Control Blood Sugar

    These wonder seeds are filled with digestible proteins which control the blood sugar level in the body when you snack on them throughout the day.

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    Reduce Risk of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

    Pumpkin seed oil is high on Omega 3s which reduces the risk of benign prostatic hypertrophy.

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    Highly Beneficial for Men’s Health

    Pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of the mineral zinc which prevents prostate development.

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    Boost Energy

    Consuming these seeds helps bettering blood production and supply and increasing energy levels in the body.

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    Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties

    In some studies, it has been shown that pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which make them as effective as the drug indomethacin.

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    Lower Cholesterol Levels

    Pumpkin seeds are rich in sterols and phytosterol compounds which lower the cholesterol level in the body.

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    Good Source of Fiber

    Pumpkin seeds are high on fiber content which makes them fulfill the fiber requirement of the body completely.

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    Can Cure Acidity

    Pumpkin seeds are alkalizing to the body’s pH which prevents acid formation in the stomach.

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