These Seeds Kill Cancer Cells, Affect Your Sleep, Improve Sight And Much More
Scoop, rinse, roast, salt, eat! (Photo: Denise Torres/Shutterstock)
Having a few pumpkin seeds before bed, with a small amount of carbohydrates such as a piece of fruit, may be beneficial in providing your body with the tryptophan needed for melatonin production.
The seeds from the pumpkin are a rich source of zinc, which is crucial for the immune system. Moreover, they can enhance your sleep, vision, skin and mood.
What’s more, these beneficial seeds are abundant in manganese, fibers, potassium, phosphor and proteins.
Therefore, these seeds can also help you lose weight, as they are a rich source of proteins, and they can keep you full. 30 g of pumpkin seeds contains 5 g of protein.
They’re plant-based protein bombs
According to the USDA nutritional database, this is how 1 cup of roasted pumpkin seeds stacks up nutrition-wise: (Other sources proffer them with even higher positive numbers, but we’re sticking with the more-conservative USDA data.)
- 285 calories
- 11.87 grams protein
- 12.42 g fat
- 11.8 g dietary fiber
See all that protein? You want that! Although plant-based protein differs from animal-based, it’s just as important and pumpkin seeds are a great way to boost your protein intake without resorting to red meat. The fiber is a great bonus too; and while the fat content looks high, it is predominantly the “healthy fats” that many of us don’t get enough of.
They pump up your potassium
The body likes potassium for jobs such as helping muscles contract, regulating fluids, balancing minerals and maintaining blood pressure; it may also help reduce the risk of recurrent kidney stones and bone loss as the body ages. The Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science recommends that adults consume at least 4,700 milligrams of potassium every day, which is twice as much as most people get. Pumpkin seeds are a notably rich source of this important mineral with 588 mg per cup. Compare that to the famous potassium source known as a banana — a medium one provides 422 mg.
They help with prostate health
Research suggests that pumpkin seed oil and pumpkin seeds may be beneficial in supporting prostate health as well as treating benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, or enlarged prostate). Prevention magazine reports that pumpkin seeds have protective compounds known as phytosterols, which might be responsible for shrinking the prostate. They also offer chemicals that may prevent some transformation of testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT), which is associated with enlarged prostate.