By Elite Reporter
If you aren’t already eating pumpkin seeds you might want to run out to the health food or grocery store by the time you finish reading this.
That’s because pumpkin seeds are super foods in tiny seed shells. There are many great reasons to start eating them.
Pumpkin seeds may be small but they are packed full of valuable nutrients. Eating only a small amount of them can provide you with substantial quantity of healthy fats, magnesium and zinc.
These pumpkin seeds have been associated with several health benefits which include prostate health and protection against certain cancers.
Here are some of the top 10 healthy reasons you should eat these tasty seeds.
Boost Male Sexual Health
Thanks to their rich content, pumpkin seeds help support male sexual health. But you will want to choose the unshelled versions since much of the zinc is found in a thin layer known as the endosperm envelope just inside the shell of the pumpkin seeds.
Just 3-1/2 ounces of pumpkin seeds still in their shell contains 10 milligrams of the mineral zinc. The same amount of roasted ones contain between 7 and 8 milligrams of zinc.
Boost the Immune System
Zinc also needed for a healthy immune system so be sure to get the unshelled variety and start snacking.additionally,their wide range of vitamin E helps give the immune system a boost.
Ensure Healthy Skin
While there are foods higher in vitamin E content than pumpkin seeds, the seeds shine when it comes to providing vitamin E in its many forms, including: alpha-tocopherol,gamma-tocopherol,delta-tocopheral,alpha-tocomonoenol and gamma-tocomonoenol.
While they may sound more like sorority or fraternity names, these many forms of vitamin E work together to ensure a healthy skin.
Maintain Healthy Eyes
The wide ranging forms of vitamin E are also required to maintain healthy eyes and to prevent age related eye diseases, such as cataracts or macular degeneration.
Builds Healthy Muscles
Just one ounce of pumpkin seeds contains 7 grams of protein, making these little seeds valuable in maintaining healthy muscles and tissues in the body.
Regulates Blood Sugar
Pumpkin seeds contain a powerful combination of protein, healthy fats and fiber, all of which help balance blood sugar levels. Just one ounce contains 13 grams of healthy fats and 1.7 grams of fiber. While none of these amounts seem overly impressive, keep in mind that these are the amounts for an extremely small amount of pumpkin seeds.
Weight-busting Super Foods
Thanks for their unique protein, fat and fiber content, and their remarkable ability to regulate blood sugar, pumpkin seeds are great to enjoy if you are trying to lose weight.
Tryptophan is an amino acid that your body converts into serotonin, then melatonin, a natural sleeping pill. Eating some pumpkin seeds a few hours before your regular bedtime, along with a bit of carbohydrate, may help your body produce enough melatonin to ensure a good nights rest.
Reduce your cancer risk
Eating pumpkin seeds have been linked to a reduced risk of cancers, including stomach, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancers.
Reduce heart disease risk
Thanks to their magnesium, vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acid content, pumpkin seeds can help prevent heart disease risk and regulate blood pressure.
Because they are good source of blood building and energy boosting iron, snacking on pumpkin seeds can help boost energy.
Boost Male Fertility
Zinc deficiency is linked to poor male sperm quality. Because pumpkin seeds are rich in zinc, eating more pumpkin seeds on a regular basis may improve male fertility.
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