When it comes to healthy food, most people seem to pay attention more to the health benefits of fruits and vegetables – while completely ignoring seeds and pips. When it comes to pumpkin seeds, this is a grave error, because pumpkin seeds have numerous health benefits. Below, we’ve gathered some of them.
- Antidepressant: Pumpkin seeds contain an amino acid called ‘L-tryptophan,’ which is an extremely good, natural antidepressant. L– Tryptophan can be found in milk as well, however, a small amount of pumpkin seeds contains more tryptophan than a whole glass of milk.
- Fights Osteoporosis: Osteoporosis is an illness connected with not enough consumption of zinc. Pumpkin seeds are concentrated with zinc, and they help in increasing bone strength, and fighting osteoporosis.
- Improve smell: If you need help in improving your sense of smell, then pumpkin seeds are the right choice for you. They improve and regulate a strong sense of smell, which is a result of the zinc that the pumpkin seeds contain.
- Increasing testosterone levels: Another great effect of the zinc, along with the magnesium in pumpkin seeds is escalating the levels of testosterone in men. Testosterone, as an anabolic hormone, promotes muscle growth and weight loss in your body, thus making adding pumpkin seeds a very good addition in the food regime of bodybuilders.
- Protein source: Pumpkin seeds are an easy protein source, and protein helps to renew and reconstruct muscles and other tissues.
- Inflammation: Pumpkin seeds are very helpful in stopping and averting inflammation.
- High fiber content: The high fiber content in pumpkin seeds means that they are useful for improving digestion and bowel movements. This means that pumpkin seeds are very good at preventing constipation, which is why they are prescribed as a healthy food choice for both cats and dogs.
- Cholesterol and blood pressure: Since pumpkin seeds contain both fiber and phytosterols, they are extremely helpful in battling high cholesterol levels and reducing blood pressure.
- Bonus: They are a healthy and very tasty snack when you roast them!
Pepita is a Spanish culinary term for the pumpkin seed, the edible seed of a pumpkin or other cultivar of squash. The seeds are typically rather flat and asymmetrically oval, and light green in color and may have a white outer hull.
The earliest known evidence of the domestication of Cucurbita dates back 8,000-10,000 years ago, predating the domestication of other crops such as maize and common beans in the region by about 4,000 years.