Health Benefits of the Little Seeds of Squash aka Pumpkin Seeds

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.

Vasudha Bhat
Written by: Vasudha BhatPublished at: Jun 21, 2014

The Magical Seeds

The Magical Seeds
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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: Image courtesy: Getty Images

Enhance Sleep

Enhance Sleep
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Good for Heart Health

Good for Heart Health
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Pumpkin seeds are a rich source of the mineral magnesium which helps in healing the heart. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Control Blood Sugar

Control Blood Sugar
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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. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Reduce Risk of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

Reduce Risk of Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy
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Pumpkin seed oil is high on Omega 3s which reduces the risk of benign prostatic hypertrophy. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Highly Beneficial for Men’s Health

Highly Beneficial for Men’s Health
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Pumpkin seeds are also a rich source of the mineral zinc which prevents prostate development. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Boost Energy

Boost Energy
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Consuming these seeds helps bettering blood production and supply and increasing energy levels in the body. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties

Have Anti-Inflammatory Properties
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In some studies, it has been shown that pumpkin seeds have anti-inflammatory properties which make them as effective as the drug indomethacin. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Lower Cholesterol Levels

Lower Cholesterol Levels
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Pumpkin seeds are rich in sterols and phytosterol compounds which lower the cholesterol level in the body. Image courtesy: Getty Images

Good Source of Fiber

Good Source of Fiber
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Pumpkin seeds are high on fiber content which makes them fulfill the fiber requirement of the body completely. Image courtesy: Getty Images

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