It’s finally the pumpkin season, and the reasons to celebrate are many. Pumpkin is one of the widely grown vegetables incredibly rich in vital antioxidants, and vitamins. Though this humble backyard vegetable is less in calories, nonetheless, it carries vitamin A, and flavonoid poly-phenolic antioxidants such as lutein, xanthine, and carotenes in abundance.
Below, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite health benefits.
1. Burning fat
This fruit is a great high nutrient, low calorie food. With only 42 calories per cup and loaded with fiber, pumpkin will keep you full longer, and regulate your blood sugar levels to keep food cravings at bay which helps you eat fewer calories and burn more fat.
2. Look Younger
They are an amazing source of vitamin A, an anti-aging nutrient that jump-starts your skin’s cell renewal process and increases the production of collagen for smooth, youthful-looking skin.
For women of childbearing age, consuming more iron from plant sources such as spinach, beans, tomatoes, and beets appear to promote fertility. The vitamin A in pumpkin (consumed as beta-carotene then converted to vitamin A in the body) is also essential during pregnancy and lactation for hormone synthesis.
4. Makes you happy
It’s to no surprise that pumpkin seeds contain the happy chemical, tryptophan. Tryptophan is an essential amino acid that your body uses to make proteins, the B vitamin niacin, and neurotransmitters serotonin and melatonin. These chemicals induce relaxation and minimize stress.
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