Whether you call them pumpkin seeds or pepitas; “Holy Mole”, these little beauties are packed with goodness. With all the great news being published about the benefits of pumpkin seeds, you would think that this is some kind of a new fad or something. Well, these seeds just didn’t fall out of the Jack O’Lantern; in fact, consumption dates back to 7000 BC, as evidenced by their discovery in Mexican Caves.
The following are just some of the advantages of including pumpkins seeds into your dietary regime:
• Rich in monounsaturated fatty acids (MUFA) like oleic acid which helps lower the bad
LDL cholesterol, and increases the good HDL cholesterol in your blood.
• They are an excellent source of the amino acids, tryptophan and glutamate.
Tryptohan is often referred to as “nature’s sleeping pill” (think about the yawns you
get after a turkey dinner, you can blame that on tryptophan).
• Once digested tryptophan gets converted into serotonin and niacin. Serotonin is
proven to lower blood pressure, and helps with depression.
• Glutamate is needed in the synthesis of ?-amino butyric acid (GABA). GABA, is an
anti-stress neurochemical which helps reduce anxiety and nervous irritability.
• High in Vitamin E; an antioxidant, B-complex, such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin,
pantothenic acid, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine) and folates; which all help to reduce stress
and lower LDL cholesterol.
• Contain excellent levels of essential minerals like copper, manganese, potassium,
calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and selenium. Pumpkin seeds are uber rich in
manganese; per 50 g they provide almost 100% of your daily requirement. Manganese
is a cofactor in helping the body develop resistance against infectious agents and fight
off harmful oxygen-free radicals.
• Medical studies suggest that pumpkin seeds help reduce inflammation due to arthritis,
and help in lowering the risk for ovarian and prostate cancers.
You might ask yourself, “My lord, these seeds are amazing; there must be more they can do for me, are these the magic seeds a la Jack in the Beanstock“. Well not quite, but they are known to help rid tapeworms and intestinal parasites, should you or a loved one be so infected.
For my last tidbit on pumpkin seed, they are one of the few nuts or seeds that actually increase in nutritional value the older they become.
So in closing, if you are looking to lower your cholesterol, sleep better, reduce stress, boost your state of mind, fight off those nasty free-radicals, reduce inflammation, improve the state of your ovaries or prostate; or perhaps just rid yourself of that pesky tapeworm . . . why don’t you think about indulging in some pumpkin seed; or perhaps treat yourself to a Holy Mole Burger which has about 10 g of pumpkin seeds per burger.
– James West,