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10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds

Last updated on October 14, 2007

This Halloween, don’t forget to save those pumpkin seeds after you scoop them out. Pumpkin seeds are not only delicious but also provide many benefits. Here are ten health benefits of pumpkin seeds.

Prostate Protection
They promote overall prostate health and alleviate the difficult urination associated with an enlarged prostate.

Improved Bladder Function
In some studies, pumpkin seed extracts improved bladder function in animals.

Depression Treatment
They contain L-tryptophan, a compound naturally effective against depression.

Prevention of Osteoporosis
Because they are high in zinc, pumpkin seeds are a natural protector against osteoporosis. Low intake of zinc is linked to higher rates of osteoporosis.

Natural Anti-Inflammatory
Pumpkin seeds effectively reduce inflammation without the side effects of anti-inflammatory drugs.

Prevention of Kidney Stones
They prevent calcium oxalate kidney stone formation, according to studies.

Treatment of Parasites
They are used in many cultures as a natural treatment for tapeworms and other parasites. Studies also show them to be effective against acute schistosomiasis, a parasite contracted from snails.

Great Source of Magnesium
1/2 cup of pumpkin seeds contains 92% of your daily value of magnesium, a mineral in which most Americans are deficient.

Lower Cholesterol
Pumpkin seeds contain phytosterols, compounds that that have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol.

Cancer Prevention
The same phytosterols that lower cholesterol also protect against many cancers.

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12 Comments on "10 Health Benefits of Pumpkin Seeds"

2 years 11 months ago

Pumpkin seeds

Chaga Mushrooms
3 years 6 months ago

Chaga Mushrooms is also a good antioxidant…
Some experts proclaim that Chaga is the best anti-cancer mushroom of all.

Nikole Sumner
5 years 9 months ago

I love all kinds of nuts and seeds, especially pistachio nuts. In California I love Yurosek Farms for their slow roasted and home grown nuts.

5 years 9 months ago

Thanks for share good information. I like your post.

5 years 10 months ago

I too only eat pumpkin seeds around Halloween… I roast theM
with lots of salt and pepper With a hint of garlic powder…. Such a tasy treat to munch on when board!