Pumpkins are one of the biggest symbols of fall, but aside from Halloween and Thanksgiving we rarely even think about them. Meanwhile, they have plenty of health benefits for you to take advantage of until they’re out of season.
A member of the squash family, pumpkins are round with a deep orange color and ribbed skin. Pretty much every part of it is eaten from the seeds to the pulp to the peel, making it a useful food with limited waste. (And yes, we really do mean the peel! Try pumpkin peel chips by shaving off the peel onto a cookie sheet, baking on the lowest setting for 6-8 hours, and season with sea salt, chili powder, and paprika!)
Pumpkin Health Benefits
Pumpkins are high in fiber, have 30g of protein and contain 100% of your daily vitamin A. They also contain vitamin C, E and B6, riboflavin, potassium, manganese, iron, magnesium and phosphorous among others. Probably the biggest upside is that they have no cholesterol either.
Compounds inside can eliminate LDL ‘bad’ cholesterol from the arteries which helps prevent heart disease. The phytonutrient carotene also prevents heart disease, as well as cancer and degenerating signs of aging like vision loss. The flavonoid zeaxanthin is largely responsible for eye health.
The five key blood parameters when getting tested are urea, cholesterol, blood glucose, lipids and triglycerides. Pumpkins help normalize all of these areas, leading to better heart health and an inverse effect on diabetes and hypertension.
The following recipe is completely natural and the necessary things in order to perform it are a piece of pumpkin and some water.
For a period of 4 weeks, you should buy raw pumpkin once a week, and peel 100 grams of it. Then, add it to a blender, add some water, and prepare an incredibly healthy pumpkin smoothie.
This smoothie should be consumed 15-20 minutes before breakfast, on a daily basis. Make sure you control the outcome of the treatment to be sure of its effects. Moreover, it causes no side-effects as it is completely natural.
The compounds in pumpkin cleanse the arteries, and remove all LDL cholesterol from them. Moreover, they increase the energy levels and make you feel fresh and energized during the day.