The Power of The Pumpkin


Before you throw out the innards of your Jack-o-Lantern, think twice, because storing them for later usage this month can not only spice up your diet (literally… think pumpkin spice), it can also leave you healthier than the way you were before the fall festivities began. The benefits of this orange food are surprising and might leave you without doubts when purchasing them for Halloween festivities, just because you can use them later to add into your diet.

Linus from the Peanuts gang was definitely on to something when the mention of its powers first appeared in the famous comic in 1959, believing that the Great Pumpkin brings happiness and toys to all children during Halloween every year.

Though the pumpkin is not normally known for its magical and mystical good-doings, its properties are pretty powerful and can leave you and your body definitely better than it was before. Though there is a bad connotation usually associated with the “work” that you have to put in to prepare a pumpkin-related recipe, the results are definitely worth the extra effort.

If you want to take advantage of the pumpkin season and stock up on the After-Halloween Pumpkin Sale at your local supermarket, the month of November is usually when they are the cheapest and the ripest for the picking. Not only is the flesh of a pumpkin a great add-in for a natural pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving, until then, feel free to use all the parts of the pumpkin to get the healthiest recipes for your diet.

An enticing reason as to why you should be seeing orange this fall season is that there are endless amounts of recipes associated with pumpkin innards. Especially since a full pumpkin comes with such a large volume of edible parts when taking it apart. The more you can spread the taste out into various dishes, the better. Pumpkin bread, pie, risotto, ravioli, and even beer are among countless of other creative twists on all-time fall favorites to pump a fresh pumpkin twist into.

Just like there’s a reason for the season, there are specific benefits leading to the popularity of implementing pumpkin into your everyday meals or drinks. Once you know the full potential properties of putting pumpkins promptly onto your palate, you might just want to jump on the bandwagon… or on the back of a hayride and gather up some fresh ones before they go rotten! Here are some of the amazing benefits and powers of the pumpkin:

  1. Seeds, seeds are good for your heart…

Pumpkin seeds found tangled into the flesh of the pumpkin are enriched and loaded with phytosterols, which are plant-based chemicals known to reduce the levels of your bad cholesterol. They are also high in fiber, nutrients, and minerals, like omega-3.

Eating pumpkin seeds can start your engines and fire up those inners of your body to burn calories, and actually lose fat. Eating them raw can give you a large helping of vitamins K and E, iron, magnesium, zinc, copper, and many others.

They have also been researched and linked to improving heart health, prostate and bladder health and can actually fight in prevention of cancerous cells. Their antioxidants can reduce inflammation and their high levels of magnesium can lower blood sugar levels.

  1. Carrots aren’t the only orange health foods that are good for your eyesight.

Vitamin A is the vitamin associated with providing the benefits of aiding your vision and eyesight. This particular vitamin is proven to help specifically with seeing through dim light, and the strength of vision during these settings. It also focuses on protecting the cornea. One whole cup of cooked and smashed pumpkin innards is double the necessary daily amount of vitamin A.

Pumpkins are also packed with zinc. This mineral keeps your retina healthy and can aid in preventing two of the most common problems associated with eye health: cataracts and macular degeneration.

These Halloween and fall favorites are also a great source of zeaxanthin and lutein. These antioxidants are responsible for keeping the sun out of your eyes, literally! They are a natural protector built into your eyes, like a sunscreen or sunglasses that filter out harmful high-energy wavelengths of light.

  1. Can be an undercover anti-aging superhero.

Not only by being ingested, pumpkins can also be extremely beneficial for your skin. The antioxidants in pumpkin protect our skin by focusing on the neutralization of free radicals, they also can help in the process of healing. The skin uses zinc to care for the openings in the skin and to bring them back to normal.

All the carotenoids, (the reason for the pumpkins orange pigment), are a large contributor to your skin’s defense against oxidative damage from UV rays. This, in turn, helps slow down or break down the aging process, also known as wrinkles and spots.

The Vitamin C found in a pumpkin also directly affects your body’s production of collagen and elastin, which are mainly responsible for the firmness and elasticity of your skin.

Among other direct benefits for the skin, pumpkins contain multiple amounts of minerals, like potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium, copper, vitamin K, and E, which all have a direct effect on the skin and can benefit you in the long term.

  1. Lower your blood sugar.

Extremely beneficial for those with diabetes or high blood sugar, the high magnesium content found in pumpkin seeds, juice, powder and the pumpkin itself can help reduce blood sugar levels.

Diabetics can also rejoice in pumpkin preparations because it is a member of the Cucurbitaceae family, which includes melons, cucumbers, and squash, are all great for those with diabetes.

  1. Get you the sleep you need.

Though you might not need it after all the Halloween festivities, sometimes you might find yourself having a difficult time getting to sleep. Pumpkin can actually help with that.

The seeds found in pumpkins are packed with the amino acid tryptophan, which releases serotonin into your body. Serotonin is a neurotransmitter that helps aid in the process of sleep and relaxation. Serotonin is then turned into melatonin. This is beneficial in your overall lifestyle, because not only does it lower your anxiety and stress levels, it also helps you get the full rest you need to perform the next day.

Among the numerous amount of benefits listed here which are hidden in the tangled flesh of a pumpkin, which is then transformed into various dishes, they also help aid in a various number of other functions in your body. Surprisingly enough when talking about the benefits of these orange Halloween decorations, they can actually improve bladder function, relieve digestion problems, raise your sex drive, promote growth and thickness in hair (also fight against male hair loss), help you find relief in your menopausal symptoms, reduce inflammation and even support prostate health.

Before you go chucking your leftovers of Halloween, reap the full benefits of the pumpkins you already have lying about, and you might be surprised to see and feel the benefits of this orange festive food. Linus had it right to praise the Great Pumpkin but had no idea what sort of benefits you can truly gain from incorporating pumpkin into your daily diet.

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